Integrated system programs

Farmers attend to vegetables planted on the pond dike: AWM Anisuzzaman/WorldFish

Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS)
Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics (Humidtropics)
Dryland Systems (DS)
Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)
Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH)

Influencing global policy

This suite of CRPs made significant contributions to global policy. Our researchers coordinated and contributed to the second Global Nutrition Report (2015), which highlights the linkages between agriculture, climate change and nutrition. It was downloaded more than 11,000 times, received nearly 250 media mentions and was presented at the United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference Paris 2015. Together with World Bank and private sector partners, CGIAR informed the Paris Conference of the Parties (COP) about corporate goals to reduce food systems emissions by 50% by 2030, while improving availability of nutritious food by 50% and strengthening the resilience of millions of smallholder farmers. We also provided support to countries through a guide to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations on agriculture, with a strong focus on gender.

A systems approach to agricultural development

CGIAR used innovation platforms to design and implement a systems approach to agricultural development challenges. A book published, Innovation Platforms for Agricultural Development: Evaluating the Mature Innovation Platforms Landscape, analyzes the performance of mature innovation platforms in Central Africa, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Nicaragua and Uganda and draws implications for decision-makers. There is emerging evidence of uptake by national programs and partners of innovation platform processes in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. CGIAR partnered on a Global Conference on Integrated Systems Research for Sustainable Intensification in Smallholder Agriculture, to reflect upon and analyze the state of knowledge in systems research, with a special focus on the livelihoods of smallholders. A book on Integrated Systems Research is due for publication in 2016, based on this event.

Scaling out climate-smart solutions

The climate-smart villages that we set up in 20 countries are now being scaled out to other countries by various governments and international NGOs. Working across our programs and drawing lessons from these climate-smart villages has enabled us to bring together data from multiple field sites and make the results available to countries, governments, donors and other actors, as part of our open access databases. At the request of 14 governments, country profiles linking country-specific climate change challenges and appropriate climatesmart agriculture strategies were developed based on these databases.

Nutrition sensitive value chains 

With technical support from CGIAR, IFAD is developing guidance on designing nutrition-sensitive value chains. This framework was used to support value chain development projects on grains, tubers, vegetables, dairy and fish in Indonesia, Laos, Nicaragua and Rwanda.

Our research in Bangladesh led to a commitment by the Government to expand production of small nutrient-rich fish in 45,000 small homestead ponds by 2020, with expected direct benefits for five million households. CGIAR and partners are now working to facilitate nutrition-sensitive food value chains in Malawi and Zambia and improve Myanmar’s food basket through the intensification and diversification of integrated rice-fish production systems. In a similar vein, the Nigerian government has pledged to triple its wheat cultivation area with new high-yielding heat tolerant wheat varieties that meet the required end use quality introduced by CGIAR; total cultivation should reach 300,000 ha in 2017. The plan has been developed as a result of input from farmers and value chain actors in the milling and baking industries.

CGIAR and partners delivered biofortified crops to 2 million households. Results from an impact assessment study on the adoption of iron fortified beans in Rwanda suggest that 500,000 rural bean growing households (29%) have grown at least one iron-fortified bean variety since their release in 2010.