CGIAR Research Program on Wheat: an agri-food systems CGIAR Research Program 2017 annual report

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With its partners, WHEAT reached Intermediate development outcomes linked to SLO 1.1 (improved crops/methods adoption) and SLO 2.2 (increase yields), or identified the potential (ex ante studies), in all major WHEAT target regions. Long-term bilateral projects delivered improved income outcomes relating to SLO 2.1 (exit poverty) and several ex ante studies show the poverty reduction potential of interventions under WHEAT FP3 and FP4 – see section 1.1 and Table 1-A, Table A-2 and Annex 1. For 2017, WHEAT can demonstrate clear actual or potential outcomes benefiting the poorest in remote areas in Afghanistan, based on 15 years of collaboration with NARS, in Ethiopia (emergency seed supply), as well as in India’s Bihar state and in Pakistan – based on large, multi-year programs (Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia Phases I – III & Agriculture Innovation Project, respectively) – see sections 1.3.3 and 1.2 under FP4. Gender R4D under WHEAT has generated further learning about gender dynamics in wheat-based systems and can report progress on building gender research capacity and mainstreaming a gender lens into some projects under WHEAT – see sections 1.1 and 1.3.1. WHEAT is featuring a number of ongoing and new partnerships, both upstream, such as Connecting with advanced science on gene discovery with the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), and downstream (with ICAR-India extension centers Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) and The Nature conservancy collaborating with CSISA – see section 1.1, 1.4 (FP4) and Table G. Collaborations with other CRPs and the new Platforms are described in – Sections 1.1 (partnerships for impact), 2.4 and Table H. W1&2 funding equaled 26% of total budget and 22% of total WHEAT expenditure – see Table J.

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