South Asia holds its CRP1.1 Inception Workshop

August 16, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A three-day Regional Inception Workshop on the new CGIAR Research Program “Integrated and Sustainable Agricultural Production Systems for Improved Food Security and Livelihoods in Dry Areas” (CRP1.1/Dryland System), for South Asia was hosted in Dubai, UAE from June 25th to 27th.

The gathering was organised on behalf of CRP1.1 by ICRISAT (International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics) and involved the CGIAR partners ICARDA, ILRI, IMWI, CIP and Bioversity International. Some 50 participants from India, Pakistan and Afghanistan attended and took part, including scientists from national programmes and state agricultural universities, NGOs and the private sector.

The aim of the workshop was to confirm the CRP1.1 Action Sites for South Asia, to collectively understand what a systems approach is and does, to identify system-level problems and hypotheses in and between Action Sites, and crucially to build partnerships.  The meeting also had lively sessions on gender, livelihoods and smallholder profitability to help stimulate thinking about the full systems approach.

By the close of the meeting Action and Satellite sites were selected, a set of 10-12 system–level hypotheses were generated along with output definitions, and partner activities and agreed contributions to research  in the Action Sites.

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