Research and Innovation
for Food, Land and Water
Systems Transformation

  • Date
    31.10.21 > 12.11.21
  • Time
    09:00 am
  • Location
    Glasgow, UK
  • Registration

Six years after the Paris Agreement was signed, Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) are expected to gather this November at the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, UK to step up their commitments to reduce emissions by 2030 through updated pledges on their National Determined Contributions (NDCs), and further deploy climate adaptation actions. Without a deep transformation of food, land, and water systems, the prospect of keeping global warming well below 2˚C above pre-industrial levels is unlikely to materialize. 

CGIAR, the largest public global research partnership for a food-secure future, whose mission is to deliver science and innovation that advances the transformation of food, land and water systems in a climate crisis, has a remarkable 50-year record of accomplishments collaborating with partners to translate groundbreaking research into tangible development outcomes. Climate-adaptation and mitigation actions are central to CGIAR’s research-for-development agenda, and part of ongoing efforts to achieve zero hunger, build the resilience of more than 300 million small-scale farmers, and reduce agricultural greenhouse gases – transforming food systems from net carbon sources to sinks. 

Click on the links below to learn more about CGIAR’s climate-focused innovations and future Initiatives, or scroll down to find out where to catch CGIAR at COP26.


High-Level Engagement

CGIAR will participate in the World Leader’s Summit (November 1–2), Nature Day (November 6), and the second part of the High-Level Segment (November 9–10).

Please check back for details.




Actions to Transform Food, Land and Water Systems in a Climate Crisis
Saturday, November 6 15:00–16:15 Virtual
  About: Research and innovation in food, land and water systems are crucial elements of the efforts needed to achieve global climate goals. This side-event will outline demand-side perspectives on the challenges and opportunities for climate adaption in these interlinked systems, and present innovative solutions at different geopolitical levels. Panelists from a wide range of backgrounds will weigh in on the solutions presented in an engaging “talk show”-format discussion.  
  Speakers: TBA
  Registration and joining details: To be confirmed.

Water and Climate Pavilion
November 1–12 All day Blue Zone
  About: This space will conduct a mix of small in-person events alongside streaming of virtual events, which will be broadcast via YouTube to be accessible to a wide global audience. Pavilion programming during each day will be curated according to a particular theme, such as “Adaptation and Resilience” and “Disaster Risk Reduction.” IWMI is a core partner for the pavilion and will co-lead more than 15 pavilion events throughout COP26, and will lead the curation of events on “Food and Agriculture Day,” November 9.  
  Registration and joining details: To be confirmed.

Towards a Shared Blue Prosperity Under Changing Climate
Saturday, November 6 13:15–14:30 Forth Room
  About: This side event will share a novel framework and evidence to realize a shared blue prosperity through aquatic food systems under changing climate.  

  • H.E. Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister, People’s Republic of Bangladesh
  • Prof. Saleemul Huq, Director, ICCCAD
  • Shakuntala Thilsted, winner of the 2021 World Food Prize
  • Gareth Johnstone, Director General, WorldFish Center
  Registration and joining details: To be confirmed.

Addressing Financial and Capacity Barriers for Climate Resilience in Low-to-Middle Income Countries
Tuesday, November 9 11:30–12:45 Forth Room
  About: Low- and middle-income countries, on the frontline of climate impacts, have inherent strengths, vast adaptive capacity and opportunities for climate-resilient development. Effective adaptation actions require collective mindsets, investments at scale and the adoption of proven, locally led, inclusive approaches.

This event, co-organized by SNV, the Government of the Netherlands, NDC Partnership, GAFF, PACJA and CGIAR, brings together policymakers, the private sector and NGOs to share best practices that have proven to adapt to climate change, are locally inclusive and have the potential for scaling.

  Speakers: TBA
  Registration and joining details: To be confirmed.

Transforming Agricultural Innovation for People, Nature and Climate: A Global Action Agenda
Tuesday, November 9 11:30–12:45 Lomond Auditorium
  About: New partnerships, business models and approaches are essential to increase the pace and scale of delivery of innovation to meet SDGs related to food and climate. This event will showcase a Global Action Agenda to catalyze a step change in agricultural innovation for people, nature and climate.  

  • Andy Jarvis, Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT
  • Graham Thiele, International Potato Center
  • UK government representative (TBA)
  • Brazilian government representative (TBA)
  • Lisa Sweet, World Economic Forum
  • Ishmael Sunga, Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions
  Registration and joining details: To be confirmed.
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Towards Sustainable Livestock Systems
Wednesday, November 10 13:15–14:30 Virtual
  About: Sustainable livestock systems are crucial to achieving many global goals. There is great diversity in livestock systems and no easy solutions. Though many actions have been identified, how can we improve implementation? This event shares lessons from different countries and varied livestock systems.  
  Speakers: TBA
  Registration and joining details: To be confirmed.