Published on August 17, 2009
CGIAR Platform on Agriculture and Health Joachim von Braun Director General International Food Policy Research Institute Geneva June 25, 2007
Overview 1. What is our platform? 2. Conceptual framework 3. Main issues 4. Priority-setting 5. The way forward Joachim von Braun, IFPRI, June 2007
1. What is our Platform ? • Late 2004, CGIAR working group on agriculture and health was formed • April 2006, Platform on Agriculture and Health Research was endorsed by the CGIAR Alliance Executive (the 15 centers) and welcomed by the Science Council of CGIAR • We focus on agriculture – health linkages that are relevant for the poor Joachim von Braun, IFPRI, June 2007
CGIAR - A Strategic Alliance • Created in 1971 • 64 public and private members - Including 25 developing and 22 industrialized countries • 4 Cosponsors (World Bank, FAO, IFAD, UNDP) • 15 CGIAR Centers • Key products –Knowledge, technology, policy, services • Partners in academia, civil society, private sector, and national ag. research institutions (North and South) • 8,500 scientists and staff Joachim von Braun, IFPRI, June 2007
The Global CGIAR Joachim von Braun, IFPRI, June 2007
What is our platform? Not just parallel extraction and burning of existing knowledge Not this Joachim von Braun, IFPRI, June 2007
What is our platform? creating new knowledge… …by bringing the research communities of agriculture and health to more productive harmony Joachim von Braun, IFPRI, June 2007
…and who and how? • Agriculture and health researchers • Development partners / investors Operational aspects of the platform [virtual, lean, open, network mode; research implementation through existing mechanisms] Joachim von Braun, IFPRI, June 2007
Conceptual framework Joachim von Braun, IFPRI, June 2007
3. Main issues Distinguishing between “big issues” and “main issues” for the platform “Big issues” of agriculture and health • Producing the needed food and providing access to it • Agriculture, urbanization and health • Sustainability of food and water systems and health Joachim von Braun, IFPRI, June 2007
Land use, productivity and health the next “green revolutions” Joachim von Braun, IFPRI, June 2007
Urbanization, food system, and health Joachim von Braun, IFPRI, June 2007
Agriculture, energy, consumption, climate change and the health environment Joachim von Braun, IFPRI, June 2007
“Main issues” of agriculture and health research Some preliminary priorities: Nutrition, Diet, and Health Food Supply Chains and Food Safety Water Management and Water-Borne Diseases Animal diseases, Avian Flu and Livelihoods HIV/AIDS (and …) and Nutrition and Agriculture Suggestion: Focus on “main issues” while keeping the “big issues” in the background Joachim von Braun, IFPRI, June 2007
4. Priority-setting ? Determine priorities by exploring opportunities and synergies between …: Diet and nutrition Low-cost, high- quality foods Value chain Food safety management of food safety Water-associated Irrigation, water diseases quality Joachim von Braun, IFPRI, June 2007
Priority-setting (cont.) HIV/AIDS Agriculture and livelihood Avian flu Animal health Occupational health, Labor, agriculture child labor (livestock productivity, poverty- disease, crop reduction through disease, pesticides) agriculture growth Joachim von Braun, IFPRI, June 2007
5. Way forward from this meeting Help to set priorities [for the CGIAR and for the global agriculture – health research community (criteria)] Help to coordinate research on agriculture and health [with a focus on the linkages between the two sectors] Joachim von Braun, IFPRI, June 2007
…Way forward Desired products of the platform: - Proposals for research - Team formations - Funding strategies developed - Monitoring of progress in agriculture and health research Joachim von Braun, IFPRI, June 2007
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