Keynote speakers included H.E. Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, High-Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union; Kanayo F. Nwanze, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); H.E. Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Minister of State for Environment, Peru and UNFCCC COP20 President; H.E. Akinwumi A. Adesina, Honorable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Federal Republic of Nigeria; and Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chairperson of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The Development Dialogues focused on several pressing issues:
- Prosperous, food secure and resilient livelihoods: How can staple crops contribute to food security for 9.6 billion in 2050?
- Healthier, innovative, capable and inclusive communities: Nutrition- and gender-sensitive agriculture and food systems: A foundation for sustainable development
- New partnerships for development impact: Resilient systems and communities towards sustainable development: Fostering the capacity to innovate
- Climate-change resilient agro-ecosystems: Integrated landscape approaches for agriculture, forestry and other land uses
A forum on ‘Investing for impact’ preceded the main event. A major highlight was the announcement of CGIAR’s commitment to focus at least 60 percent of its budget, currently $1 billion dollars, on climate-smart agriculture. CGIAR pledged to reach, with its partners, half a billion farmers with climate-smart innovations.
The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice), which is one of the 15 international agricultural research Centers that are members of the CGIAR Consortium, took part in the event. The Center was represented by its Board Chair Dr Peter Matlon, Interim Director General Dr Adama Traore and Director of Partnership and Capacity Strengthening Dr Samuel Bruce-Oliver.
Under the framework of the CGIAR Research Program on Rice – known as the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP) – AfricaRice seeks to develop environmentally friendly rice-based production systems that respond to the challenge of climate change and increasing water scarcity across rice ecologies.
AfricaRice’s 2015 calendar focusing on climate-smart rice innovation for Africa was unveiled by Dr Kanayo Nwanze, IFAD President and former Director General of AfricaRice. The calendar was presented to eminent personalities participating in the Development Dialogues.
|AfricaRice’s 2015 calendar focusing on climate-smart rice innovation for Africa presented to H.E. Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, High-Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union. Photo : R.Raman, AfricaRice|
|AfricaRice’s 2015 calendar focusing on climate-smart rice innovation for Africa presented to H.E. Akinwumi A. Adesina, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Federal Republic of Nigeria. Photo : R.Raman, AfricaRice|
|AfricaRice’s 2015 calendar focusing on climate-smart rice innovation for Africa presented to H.E. Ruth Nankabirwa, State Minister for Fisheries, Government of Uganda. Photo : R.Raman, AfricaRice|