With dignitaries at the 2017 GODAN Summit in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo: Abraham Ali (AGRA)
I recently had the opportunity to be part of the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) 2017 summit in Nairobi, Kenya, from 14-16 June. The monumental potential that data has to build resilience for food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture was evident at this event hosted jointly by the Government of Kenya and the GODAN Secretariat.
Hon. Willy Bett, the Kenya Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, rightly said during a press conference at the summit: “In the climate change era where drought has become a new and constant reality, we cannot build resilience without the right type of data being available to inform the decisions we make. Only an evidence-based approach using credible data will help us transform our economies through agriculture.” Read more →
In his latest vlog ICRISAT Director General David Bergvinson talks about the relation between two initiatives — 2016 International Year of Pulses as well as the new UN Sustainable Development Goals. He speaks about his experience from the ground during a recent visit to South Indian States where he interacted with farmers and attended the 1000 Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) launch in Andhra Pradesh (by Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Mr Nara Chandrababu Naidu), and consultation on Pulses for Addressing Food and Nutrition Security at the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) in Tamil Nadu.
From April 12-14, I was in Ibadan, Nigeria for a very exciting meeting. I joined more than two hundred international and national partners from countries across Africa, including leaders from the African Development Bank (AfDB) and CGIAR centers, policy makers and the private sector to discuss a new initiative, “Africa Feeding Africa” or Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT). Read more →
This week I was joined in New Delhi, India by CGIAR centers’ leaders and national program partners including our most important partner and host ICAR that was represented by the new Director General Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra as well as ICAR’s Deputy Director General of Crops Dr. JS Sandhu.
The gathering was to discuss site integration in India, which is part of the CGIAR’s larger efforts to identify national priorities and planned activities so we can align our CGIAR Research Program (CRP) proposals to support demand-driven innovation and effectiveness by optimizing our resources for impact in India through site integration plans. Read more →
On February 16-17th I joined hundreds of leaders from around the world at the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) in Abu Dhabi. It was a great opportunity for ICRISAT and its partners to forge new partnerships and find ways to use innovation to address malnutrition, environmental sustainability and most importantly ensure farmers are commercially viable. Read more →