Research Workshop: 3rd NARES-CGIAR Leadership Meeting: Genetic Innovation

  • Date
    04.07.24 > 05.07.24
  • Time
    09:00 am > 01:00 pm UTC+03:00
  • Location
    United Nations, Conference Room 4, Nairobi, Kenya

Thematic Area: Better Crops

Within Genetic Innovation and beyond, CGIAR is undergoing a transition to have greater impact in collaboration with national partners. 

The 3rd CGIAR Genetic Innovations – NARES leadership meeting builds on previous meetings held in 2022 and 2023 in Nairobi and Marrakesh respectively. 

This annual forum provides a platform for senior leadership from CGIAR, NARES (National Agricultural Research and Extension Systems), SRO (sub regional organizations) and Universities in Africa to meet, exchange views and take stock of the current state of crop improvement partnerships.

Progress against previous commitments are tracked and critical areas of improvement to further strengthen partnerships and collaboration are identified.


This event is by invitation only and is hosted by the CGIAR Genetic Innovation Science Group. Participants include National Agricultural Research and Extension Services (NARES) leaders, CGIAR Genetic Innovation leaders, regional organizations, CGIAR breeding program leaders. A range of CGIAR Centers also partipate, and Genetic Innovation Research Initiatives, including: Accelerated Breeding, Breeding Resources, Genebanks, Market Intelligence, Seed Equal.

The two-day meeting will be divided into six sections and will result in agreed next steps: (subject to change)

  • Session I – Partner Feedback – how are we doing against the 2022 goals
  • Session II – Capacity Sharing
  • Sessiçon III – Towards P25: 2030 targets across breeding, seed systems, MI.
  • Session IV – CGIAR reflections on Day 1 feedback
  • Session V – Donor Session on supporting / funding partnerships
  • Session VI – Aide Memoire 2024: Discussion and Endorsement

Aide Memoires 



  • Sonja Vermeulen, CGIAR Genetic Innovation Managing Director
  • Michael Quinn, CGIAR Accelerated Breeding Initiative Lead
  • John Derera, Senior Director, Plant Breeding & Pre-Breeding
  • Godfrey Asea, Maize Breeder/Programme Leader, Cereals at National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) Uganda