COP26 Side Event: Taking Action for a Brighter Future

Transforming Food, Land and Water Systems in a Climate Crisis

  • Date
  • Time
    03:00 pm > 04:15 pm

About the event

Research and innovation in food, land and water systems are crucial elements of the efforts needed to achieve global climate goals. This side-event, hosted by CGIAR with ICARDA and the African Development Bank (AfDB), 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.    

This event aims to spark discussion on ways to enhance ambition for climate action in food, land and water systems, mobilizing leaders from business, tech and innovation, civil society and farming, and highlighting challenges and opportunities. It will highlight the essential role of research, innovation and action in food, land and water systems in helping countries achieve their commitments to the Paris Agreement and other global climate-related goals, including through CGIAR’s new portfolio.

How to watch

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Opening remarks Claudia Sadoff
Managing Director, Research Delivery and Impact CGIAR


Beth Dunford
Vice President, Agriculture, Human and Social Development

Climate solutions at different levels:

  • Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT)  
  • “From Fragility to Resilience in Central and West Asia and North Africa”  
  • “Building Systemic Resilience Against Climate Variability and Extremes”  
Martin Fregene 
Director, Agriculture and Agro-Industry

Aly Abousabaa
Regional Director for CWANA, CGIAR and Director General, ICARDA

Ana Maria Loboguerrero
Research Director for Climate Action
Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT – CGIAR 

Panel discussion Moderator: Fermin Koop, Journalist and Professor, Universidad Argentina de la Empresa


  • Theresa Wong, Natural Resources Officer, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  • Ishmael Sunga, Chief Executive Officer, SACAU   
  • Kunal Prasad, COO and Co-founder, CropIn   
Moderated Q&A with the audience  
Summary and closing remarks   Claudia Sadoff


Photo: Sprinkler irrigation in the Eastern Highlands on the Mozambique border. Photo by D. Brazier/IWMI.