December 2015
End of year message

A message from Frank Rijsberman, CEO, CGIAR Consortium

The breakthrough agreement reached at the Paris climate talks is historic. Healthy diets from sustainable agri-food systems for all are central to the new Sustainable Development Agenda 2030, and the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Climate Agreement provide strong direction and a renewed mandate for many, including for the work of CGIAR. The opening created at the Paris climate conference for agriculture and food security to play a more central role in the climate agenda, particularly through the national commitments, deserves vigorous follow-up.

The challenges have made it clear that what is required is nothing less than radical transformation of agri-food systems. With increased investment, rapid advances in agri-food science and technology can provide tremendous opportunities to accelerate innovation for a more sustainable yet productive and profitable future. Sustainable food systems have a critical role in providing a healthy and productive future for young people around the world - and we must make ourselves ready to provide further concrete solutions to the increasingly complex challenges surrounding this.

Key opportunities and goals lie ahead of us that we must strive to reach. These include:

  • Increased accessibility of nutritious, affordable food, enabling healthy diets for all
  • Returning the food system to within safe, sustainable planetary boundaries
  • Enabling young people to gain meaningful productive employment in climate compatible, or climate smart, agri-food systems
  • Re-positioning plant and animal science to take advantage of the massive increase in genomic information

Finalized this year, the new CGIAR Strategy and Results Framework 2016-2030, through its ten concrete, quantitative targets and its qualitative results framework, positions the CGIAR system well to tackle these challenges, and aligns our own targets closely with those of the Sustainable Development Goals. Among other achievements and learning experiences this year, it was a solid accomplishment that in December a green light was given to the CGIAR Research Centers and their partners to move to the full proposal stage for the second generation of CGIAR Research Programs, with the guidance for full proposals being issued by the Consortium. Developing a first-rate CGIAR portfolio of second-generation research programs for the period 2017-2022 will be critical in 2016, for which, through a broad consultative process, we have created a solid foundation over the past year.

I would like to express deep thanks to our friends and partners without whose robust support in 2015, the breadth, impact, and continued betterment of CGIAR research in the pursuit of healthy diets from sustainable agri-food systems for all would not have been possible.

I wish everyone a very Happy Holiday and fruitful 2016.

With warm wishes,
Frank Rijsberman
CEO, CGIAR Consortium

2015 Highlights

CGIAR Annual Report 2014: Featuring Nutrition and Health CGIAR Strategy and Results Framework 2016-2030: Overview CGIAR AT COP21 Recap of Major 2015 Events
This 2014 annual report takes stock of the lessons learned and progress made that will enable us to more effectively serve the poor over the next few years. Redefining how CGIAR does business to 2030. An overview of the new CGIAR Strategy and Results Framework from 2016 to 2030. Providing a healthy diet for nine billion people in the face of climate change from truly sustainable agri-food systems is going to be humanity’s greatest challenge. CGIAR was part of a number of major events this year, where our leaders and scientists represented our interests for a food-secure future.

Members of the CGIAR Consortium