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Pooled funding, received via Funding Windows 1 and 2 (W1/2), is provided by the CGIAR Trust Fund for programming carried out by the CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) and Platforms.

W1/2 funding is used by the CRPs to provide approved budgeted programmatic funding for research or pathways to scale and impact. Activities funded by W1/2 during 2019 included developing and piloting innovations; gender and youth integration; capacity building; innovative research and data generation; ex-ante and ex-post impact assessments; enhancing partnerships and collaboration; and policy engagement.  

CGIAR Platforms use their funds to cover the critical recurring costs of maintaining the functions of genebanks, breeding and data management, as well as opportunities for innovation. In 2019, 63% of the Genebank Platform’s costs were funded by W1/2 funding; and two of its 11 genebanks were entirely funded by W1/2 funding. 

The table below provides some further examples of approved W1/2 use reported in 2019.  

CRP Type of use Example
Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH)  Research Support was given to the development and dissemination of the project-level Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (pro-WEAI) from a portfolio of 13 nutrition-sensitive agriculture projects with multiple implementing partners.
Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Policy CGIAR science and state-of-the-art future scenarios methods were used in Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala to support the development of climate-smart investment plans worth tens of millions of dollars.
Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) Partnerships A new public-private partnership working directly with Shea communities in the Sahel has been set up with an aim to ensure sustainability of Shea value chains. Besides management of the natural resource, infrastructure for the breeding of improved Shea varieties has been established.
Rice Agri-food Systems (RICE) Monitoring, Evaluation,
Learning and
Impact Assessment (MELIA)
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), AfricaRice and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) used W1/2 funds to document evidence on adoption and dissemination of rice technologies in Asia, Africa and Latin America, as requested by the Standing Panel on Impact Assessment (SPIA). The final output of this activity supported the development of a joint proposal on assessing the large-scale impact of rice agronomic practices. 
Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) Policy Participation in the Science-Policy Interface of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) through which recommendations for soil carbon assessment were developed, provided and adopted by the Conference of Parties 14 (COP14). 


Header photo: Researchers take samples in Riau, Indonesia. Photo by A. Sanjaya/CIFOR.