Monday, April 22, 2024

CGIAR, IITA, FAO Others Make Case for Spread of Agricultural Innovation

The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), in conjunction with the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and other development partners, organizes an exhibition and an open day to deliberate on upscaling innovations and technologies for food system transformation.

The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), in conjunction with the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and other development partners, organizes an exhibition and an open day to deliberate on upscaling innovations and technologies for food system transformation.

CGIAR country convener, Aline Mugisho, while speaking at the event themed “Scaling Innovations and Technologies for Food System Transformation,”, noted that the purpose of the program is to ensure communication of different research and policies that have been developed to accelerate sustainable development goal number two: zero hunger.

CGIAR is a global research partnership that unites international organizations engaging in food security research and aims to reduce rural poverty, increase food security, improve human health and nutrition, and ensure sustainable management of natural resources.

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Mugisho pointed out that the CGIAR’s primary role is to produce agricultural innovations and technologies for land, water, and food systems transformation to combat changing weather patterns in the country.

She noted that most of the exhibitors at the event are farmers and that one of the organization’s goals as a research institute is to change the face (wrong perception) of who a farmer is and what farming is about.

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“This is one thing we are trying to change—the face of the farmers. For a very long time, when they see a farmer, the image has been surrounding a very old, not so good-looking person. But farming is a business,” Mrs. Mugisho said.

The head of the FAO Northeast Sub-office, Al-Hassan Cisse, while speaking, emphasized the need for farmers to understand why food system transformation is important because of the many challenges facing agriculture

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