Science Talk: CGIAR's Crises Response, Science and Innovations to Support Lives and Livelihoods in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Communities and Regions

  • Date
    03.07.24
  • Time
    04:30 pm > 06:00 pm UTC+03:00
  • Location
    United Nations, Conference Room 4, Nairobi, Kenya

Thematic Areas: Climate Action, Future Frontiers

Recent projections show that by 2030 about two-thirds of the world’s extremely poor will live in fragile and conflict-affected settings (FCAS). Food systems in FCAS face unique challenges, which reinforce each other and hence engender the lives and livelihoods of millions. Fragility, conflict, and displacement (FCD) are increasingly being influenced and reinforced by other major climate change and demographic pressures, leading to the complex and prolonged displacement of millions of people living in FCAS. Climate change exacerbates resource inequalities and environmental degradation, particularly in food, land, and water systems, which are fundamental to livelihoods and well-being in both rural and urban areas. Competition over dwindling resources can spark conflict in communities, and the involvement of insurgent groups can further complicate humanitarian efforts and peace processes. These compounding pressures are increasing the demand for humanitarian responses while also necessitating the need to build the resilience of food, land, and water systems in FCAS. A growing emphasis on building local resilience, integrated and intersectional humanitarian responses, and private sector engagement along with effective policies are critically needed to address the multifaceted nature of emerging FCD challenges.

Innovations and science associated with food, land, and water systems are pivotal to addressing the complexities and challenges arising from fragility, conflict, and displacement. By unraveling the intricate connections among fragility, conflict, climate change, environmental degradation, and emerging demographic pressures, CGIAR science and associated innovations provide crucial insights for identifying and mitigating the root causes of conflicts, climate change, and associated vulnerabilities. CGIAR continues to play a significant role in this arena by developing innovations and evidence-based policies to enhance agricultural productivity, ensure sustainable natural resource management, promote climate resilience, and ensure food security in regions affected by fragility, conflict, and displacement. Through collaborative efforts with local communities, governments, and humanitarian organizations, CGIAR is facilitating the integration of science-based solutions into humanitarian responses, thereby fostering

resilience, and building the foundation for sustainable development in conflict-affected and displaced populations. 

Global and local partnerships across the Humanitarian-Development-Peace (HDP) nexus are essential for addressing the interconnected challenges of fragility, conflict, and displacement comprehensively and effectively. Such partnerships bring together diverse stakeholders, including governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, academia, and the private sector, to leverage their respective expertise, resources, and networks. By coordinating efforts and sharing capacities and knowledge, these partnerships enhance the coherence, effectiveness, and sustainability of interventions across humanitarian, development, and peacebuilding initiatives. They enable a more effective and holistic approach to addressing the root causes of FCD, tackling underlying structural challenges, promoting resilience, and fostering long-term stability and prosperity in affected regions. Overall, multisectoral partnership and collaboration across the HDP nexus are indispensable for achieving lasting solutions to the complex challenges of fragility, conflict, and displacement on a global scale. With this vision and as an innovation and knowledge partner, CGIAR has been partnering with humanitarian organizations such as UNHCR, WFP, and other international NGOs, as well as the private sector to support humanitarian and livelihood interventions in FCAS. 

Objective

The primary aim of this event is to showcase successful partnerships, innovative approaches, and scientific evidence produced by CGIAR researchers to address the complex challenges posed by fragility, conflict, and displacement. The session aims to highlight important and impactful partnerships with WFP, UNHCR, and other partners to inspire and facilitate knowledge-sharing on effective strategies for promoting resilience and achieving sustainable development in fragile and conflict-affected settings. Through interactive discussions and presentations, participants will explore how these partnerships have contributed to addressing the root causes of fragility and conflict and fostering long-term stability and prosperity in conflict-affected regions. Ultimately, the event aims to catalyze new partnerships and initiatives that can drive positive change and transformative impact in fragile contexts around the world.

Speakers:

  • Abay, Kibrom, IFPRI
  • Pacillo, Grazia, Alliance Bioversity-CIAT
  • Craparo, Alessandro, Alliance Bioversity-CIAT
  • Kurdi, Sikandra, IFPRI
  • Jacobs-Mata, Inga, IWMI
  • Maru, Joyce, CIP
  • Representative from UNHCR
  • Representative from NORAD 
  • Representative from WFP 
  • Representative from Action Aid