Agriculture Matters: the CGIAR at the United
Nations, September 13, 2005
The Group of 77, Government of Japan, FAO and CGIAR copsonsored
a briefing/discussion "
Agriculture Matters: Role of international
community in delivering research and technology applications that
enhance small farmer incomes and food availability in developing
" at United Nations headquarters in
Over 80 participants (including Ministers and Ambassadors from
South and North) attended the event which succeeded in highlighting
the importance of agriculture for achieving the Millennium
Development Goals, and the specific role of research and technology
applications for increasing farmer incomes and food availability in
developing countries. The lunch menu featured CGIAR research
commodities such as New Rices for Africa (NERICAs), cassava, and
tilapia fish. A highlight of the meeting was a presentation by
Pedro Lopez Ignacio, a farmer from Oaxaca, Mexico who spoke
eloquently about his partnership with CIMMYT, and how it helped him
to increase maize production and improve storage methods.
"We are getting a taste of
the future" said Ian Johnson, CGIAR Chairman and World Bank
Vice President for Sustainable Development, explaining to
participants the benefits of CGIAR research on important
commodities such as rice, cassava, and tilapia fish.
left to right: Ambassador Byron Blake, Representative of Chair,
G-77, David Harcharik, Deputy Director General, FAO and Francisco
Reifschneider, Director, CGIAR.
Director General Dar explains ICRISAT's
research efforts to participants
Pedro Ignacio Lopez, a farmer from Oaxaca,
Mexico spoke about how science helped him to improve yields and
Shiro Sadoshima, Deputy Director-General,
Economic Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan
Joachim von Braun, Director General, IFPRI and
Florence Chenoweth, FAO Director, New York.
CGIAR Exhibit at UN