Global Agricultural Research Network CGIAR partners with World Food Program to fight post-pandemic hunger – World

The Nobel Peace Prize-winning UN agency will work with the CGIAR to strengthen food systems in the context of pandemic recovery, the climate crisis and the threat of instability.

January 26, Montpellier, FRANCE — The world’s largest publicly funded agricultural research network, the CGIAR, has joined forces with the United Nations’ World Food Program (WFP) to help fight hunger and poverty. malnutrition in the context of pandemic recovery.

The CGIAR and the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate WFP have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to continue their long-standing partnership to build resilience and promote sustainable agriculture.

The two organizations will focus on the links between climate change and conflict, the adaptation of food systems and the impacts of risks on food security and development programs as part of their efforts to support the achievement of development goals. sustainable development of the United Nations by 2030.

“We are delighted to sign this Memorandum of Understanding with the World Food Program to extend and deepen our shared commitment to ending hunger and malnutrition, especially at such a critical time for global food security,” said Kundhavi Kadiresan, Managing Director of Global Engagement and Innovation. to the organization of the CGIAR system.

“The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the World Food Program shows that the international community understands the imperative to strengthen global food systems, especially in the pandemic recovery, and with the addition of this partnership, our two organizations are well positioned to make a significant impact.”

This collaboration comes as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to add pressure on already stressed food systems. Last year, WFP Executive Director David Beasley warned that the pandemic had put several countries at risk of famine, with the number of acutely food insecure people expected to reach more than 270 million.

“Our work with the CGIAR will help make food systems more resilient and less vulnerable to shocks,” Beasley said. “To strengthen broken or dysfunctional food systems in fragile environments, it is essential to understand the links between conflict, climate and hunger. This partnership will help us continue to save lives and change lives so that more people people have the opportunity to prosper and be self-sufficient.”

Under the MoU, WFP and CGIAR will work together to transform food systems at the national level and establish continued evidence-based support ahead of the UN Food Systems Summit in 2021.

To streamline its own assets and consolidate its work worldwide, the CGIAR is also undergoing institutional reform to become One CGIAR. A newly integrated leadership and board in place last year will support the level of collaboration required for an integrated global and national response.

In addition to the new MoU, the CGIAR and WFP are already collaborating on a number of projects. WFP and the CGIAR’s International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) have worked together for more than two decades in areas such as improving food aid delivery systems and designing social protection programs to improve nutrition through food and cash transfers to the poor.

WFP is also working with several CGIAR research programs on projects such as food security policy development in Colombia, image-based insurance for smallholder farmers, and conflict impact assessment. and food aid in countries.

The two organizations are currently partners with the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) on climate security at the intersection of climate change, conflict and food security. Ongoing work aims to address the roles of food, land and water systems in mitigating and adapting communities to climate change, while preventing hunger and conflict.

The work is underpinned by CGIAR research on agricultural productivity, natural resource management, climatology, livelihoods and food security, youth and gender, markets and value chains.


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CGIAR is a global research partnership for a food secure future. CGIAR science is dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and enhancing natural resources and ecosystem services. Its research is carried out by 13 CGIAR Centers in close collaboration with hundreds of partners, including national and regional research institutes, civil society organizations, universities, development organizations and the private sector.

The United Nations World Food Program is the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. We are the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food aid to build a path to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disaster and the impact of climate change.

Lana T. Arthur