Stakeholders meet virtually to discuss shared plans for One Health Challenge
The CGIAR Two Degree Initiative for Food and Agriculture recently organized an online stakeholder consultation to articulate a shared vision, outcomes, and outputs around the One-Health collaborative, multisectoral, and transdisciplinary approach.
The approach aims to work at the local, regional, national, and global levels to achieve optimal health outcomes while recognizing the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment.
The online consultation, attended by more than 100 key stakeholders, explored the steps towards operationalizing the initiative in 16 sub-Saharan African countries.
In his opening remarks, IITA Director General Nteranya Sanginga commented on the importance of tackling the adverse effects of climate change and climate-driven and emerging biological risks. He said that the establishment of the Biorisk Management Facility (BIMAF) in Benin is part of efforts by IITA and partners towards contributing to the One-Health approach.
According to Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio, Action Track Co-Manager, Global Commission on Adaptation at the World Resources Institute (WRI), the Two Degree Initiative seeks to approach research-for-development differently (demand-driven, coordinated) and not just deliver scientific evidence but do outreach, capacity building, communication, engagement, and participatory research towards delivering end-to-end results.