The Science of Innovation to Delivery – How CGIAR Technologies Are Making an Impact ?

  • Date
  • Time
    01:30 pm > 03:30 pm UTC+03:00
  • Location
    United Nations, Conference Room 7, Nairobi, Kenya

AGRA is an African organization that seeks to transform African agriculture from a subsistence to profitable and climate resilient agricultural systems that improve the livelihoods of the continent’s farming households. Since 2006 AGRA has been collaborating with CGIAR centres in reaching farmers with technologies at scale to improve their livelihoods. AGRA in its recent strategy places more emphasis on climate-resilient, market-led approaches challenging business-as-usual approaches in transforming sustainable agri-food systems.

One of the key challenges of smallholder farmers in Africa is access to context-specific technology at the right price and time. While the CGIAR centres continue generating technologies and practices, AGRA’s scaling strategy of innovations offers an excellent opportunity for one CGIAR scientists to explore the necessary elements to make their innovations market ready as well as help them identify strategies to ensure their innovations or research products are viable for deployment and show impact at scale.

This side event session will focus on sharing best-bet experiences and last mile delivery and scaling innovations between AGRA and the CGIAR centres, and highlighting successful technology delivery models, and the impacts of these initiatives on climate resilience, food security, and livelihoods in Africa. The output of the side event will inform the formulation of MoU between AGRA and one CGIAR with the purpose of strengthening collaboration in addressing climate change challenges and enhancing food security and livelihoods through innovative technologies. By aligning AGRA’s recent strategy with One CGIAR innovations, both organizations can enhance their impact on agricultural transformation in Africa. This collaboration can lead to more efficient use of resources, greater innovation, and improved outcomes for smallholder farmers. The combined efforts in research, scaling, policy advocacy, market development, capacity building, and monitoring will create a holistic approach to achieving sustainable agricultural development.

The session will be hosted by AGRA in collaboration with one CGIAR.

Context: The event will focus on:

  • Addressing climate change challenges through innovative solutions.
  • Identifying proven effective last mile delivery models to smallholder farmers, emphasizing scalability, incentives, and enabling environments.
  • Exploring advancements in agricultural technology to minimize the impacts of climate change on food security, and livelihoods.


  • Agnes Kalibata, President, Sustainably Growing Africa’s Food Systems (AGRA).
  • Dr. Ishmahane Elouafi, Executing Managing Director, CGIAR
  • Simeon Ehui, Director General for IITA and CGIAR Regional Director for Africa
  • Dr. Éliane Ubalijoro, Chief Executive Officer of the Center for International Forestry Research and World Agroforestry (CIFOR-ICRAF) and Director General of ICRAF
  • Dr. Mel Oluoch, Director for Strategic Partnerships at Sasakawa Africa Association. 
  • Mr. Esmail Saleem, CEO of Western Seed Company