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IRRI: developing CGIAR partnerships with the private sector for impact acceleration
November 26, 2020Expert opinion
IRRI: developing CGIAR partnerships with the private sector for impact acceleration

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), a member of the CGIAR, aims to improve the health and welfare of those who depend on rice-based agri-food systems, protecting the environmental sustainability of rice farming. In an interview with Remy Bitoun, head of IRRI Tech Transfer, Sarah Cummings discussed the current status of engagement with the private sector from his personal perspective and what initiatives can be scaled up by the CGIAR in the context of OneCGIAR. »

The fruits of knowledge co-creation in multi-stakeholder platforms
November 25, 2020Expert opinion
The fruits of knowledge co-creation in multi-stakeholder platforms

Food security, climate change and environmental degradation are global challenges that require joint action by multiple organizations. That is why several donors stimulate multi-stakeholder platforms (MSPs). What is known about these platforms? Do they achieve what they aim for? Do agriculture- and food-related MSPs contribute to food security, sustainable development and the position of smallholders? Edith van Ewijk and Mirjam Ros-Tonen of the University of Amsterdam dived into the literature and found positive results but also important limitations. »

Africa Knows! conference - Panel 47 on ATVET in Africa
November 6, 2020Knowledge activity
Africa Knows! conference – Panel 47 on ATVET in Africa

The conference Africa Knows! is the closing activity of the Africa 2020 Year of the Leiden African Studies Assembly and takes place online on December 2-4, 2020. On December 3, F&BKP co-organizes Panel 47 on “Agricultural Tertiary and Vocational Education and Training (ATVET) in Africa: integration within the broader Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation System”. »

Food & Business Research Final Conference
November 1, 2020Knowledge activity
Food & Business Research Final Conference

On December 9 and 10, 2020, NWO-WOTRO and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform organise the final Food & Business Research Conference. This conference will enlarge the impact of all research results by bringing together project-level insights and outcomes, in order to identify commonalities and create coherence. »

ICRISAT: innovation broker working with private sector
October 30, 2020Expert opinion
ICRISAT: innovation broker working with private sector

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is an international, public sector research centre, part of the CGIAR network, based in Hyderbad, India. ICRISAT’s Digital Agriculture programme, which has received considerable support from senior management, is a self-sufficient research programme with a radical approach. In this programme, ICRISAT plays the role of innovation broker, linking farmers with public-private partnerships (PPPs) and tech startups. An interview with by Sarah Cummings with Ram Dhulipala. »

Geodata, crowdsourcing and artificial intelligence for post-Covid resilience of food systems and communities
October 29, 2020Knowledge activity
Geodata, crowdsourcing and artificial intelligence for post-Covid resilience of food systems and communities
Theme: Food security and stability

How can technologies like geodata, crowdsourcing intelligence, and machine learning contribute to resilience of food systems and communities during and after shocks like the Covid-19 crisis? This was the central focus of the 8 October CoP meeting that provided feedback to the co-organizers The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, 52impact, and BlackShore. The online meeting took Ethiopia as a case to discuss and exchange with 24 participants. »