CGIAR introduces agricultural science initiatives for the Philippines

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To create and foster better opportunities for the transformation of the Philippine agrifood sector, CGIAR, a global agricultural science consortium, provided an overview of its initiatives to be implemented in the country in a high-level meeting with key stakeholders on July 12, 2022 in Quezon City, Philippines.

Dr. Stephan Weise, Asia Managing Director, Alliance of Bioversity International CIAT presented the overview of One CGIAR strategy and the vision of working together as a unified organization to shape a stronger, more relevant science agenda for the Philippine agrifood sector transformation – one that is more resilient, adaptive, inclusive, equitable, and sustainable.

“In line with CGIAR’s ambition to be a modern, global organization, and a global leader in agricultural science and innovation towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we are keen to enhance our partnership and collaboration with stakeholders in the Philippines. Working together is a huge element of the success of our research and development endeavors,” Weise said.

Weise noted that the meeting was an opportunity to listen to the thoughts and visions of our key partners such as the Department of Agriculture and its attached agencies, the National Economic and Development Authority, and the Department of Science and Technology about how CGIAR and national partners can collaborate on initiatives to address food and nutrition security, climate change, and other challenges facing the agrifood sector.

Initiative leaders and representatives from the different CGIAR centers presented on the four initiatives and their expected outcomes. The initiatives that were introduced include:

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