New action plan to beat world hunger
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CTA. 1995. New action plan to beat world hunger. Spore 58. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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A new initiative to combat world hunger has been launched. The aim is to double food production in the next thirty years by paying more attention to the needs of the poorest farmers, without jeopardizing the environment. The initiative has come...
A new initiative to combat world hunger has been launched. The aim is to double food production in the next thirty years by paying more attention to the needs of the poorest farmers, without jeopardizing the environment. The initiative has come from the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). This is a collection of public and private sector donors which supports the work of eighteen international agricultural research centres such as IITA in Nigeria, ICRAF in Kenya and ILRI in Ethiopia and Kenya. A strong recommendation is that all eighteen centres should widen the range of partners with which they work. This will mean extending the collaboration which they already have with national research organizations and universities to include NGOs, the private sector and farmers' organizations. The hope is that this will help the Centres to identify farmers' problems and speed up the how of technology from research centres, through the national systems to farmers. In the past the Centres were mandated to work on key crops. More attention will now be given to developing farmina systems that are sustainable and affordable. Centres will also move from having individual programmes, to setting up programmes across the international institutes to make better use of existing expertise. It is hoped that this will lead to research being planned across ecological regions. This initiative may also help to draw in expertise from the national research institutes, and further strengthen cooperation. All Centres will pay special attention to alleviating poverty and malnutrition in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. More countries are now joining the CGIAR and it is hoped that this will lead to a more equitable North-South ownership of the system, and an increase in contributions to fund research. The aim is to transform the research system from a donor/client approach to equal partnership of all participants, from North and South. CGIAR 1818 hi St, NW Washington, D. C 20433 USA