Global leaders call for more research, partnerships

August 31, 2010 at 11:30 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Participants at the GLAST forum in Harbin, China. The GLAST Declaration calls for greater R&D investment and broader partnerships to fight poverty and food insecurity

Decision makers from 39 countries strongly endorsed views that are central to ICARDA’s, and the CGIAR’s, approach: that the challenges of food security, poverty and environmental sustainability can be addressed only through innovation – which requires greater investment in research, and better policy support from governments – and through partnerships between the public and private sectors, development agencies and other stakeholders.

The 3rd Global Forum of Leaders for Agricultural Science and Technology (GLAST) was held in Harbin, China, 12-14 August. It attracted more than 500 participants from 39 countries, seven CGIAR Centers, and a host of international research and development agencies, and. The theme of the forum was ‘Food security – the role of science and technology and international cooperation’. A series of presentations in the opening plenary session laid the ground for discussions on various aspects of scientific innovation, policy issues, agricultural modernization, and partnership mechanisms.

Dr Mahmoud Solh, representing the Consortium of CGIAR Centers, delivered a keynote speech on the ‘CGIAR’s Agricultural Science and Development System’, which described the CGIAR’s research-for-development portfolio, and the ongoing restructuring process to make better use of shared skills and resources across Centers. Dr Solh also chaired the opening plenary session, and served on a panel that discussed ‘Drivers and constraints of agricultural modernization’ His presentation focused on the process of modernization (prerequisites, drivers, outcomes) and specific examples of how ICARDA technologies have contributed  to the modernization of smallholder agriculture in dry areas.


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