Improving Livelihoods and Natural Resource Management in Sub-Saharan Africa : Securing the Future for Africa's Children.
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At AGM01, the CGIAR decided to immediately initiate the regular Challenge Program (CP) process by calling for ideas. Of the 41 CP ideas received, 13 were recommended by the interim Science Council (iSC) and endorsed by the CGIAR for pre-proposal development. The attached pre-proposal, "Improving Livelihoods and Natural Resources Management in Sub-Saharan Africa," was ecommended by the iSC to the ExCo for full proposal development. The pre-proposal was presented in Parallel Session I. The session provided the proponents an opportunity to receive comments and suggestions from CGIAR stakeholders.This Challenge Programme will be concerned with the way people use natural resources to support livelihoods and will address the most fundamental constraint to African agriculture, poor soil fertility, by applying a new paradigm for integrated natural resource management, and by applying it with all partners committed to jointly identifying and resolving problems with the full participation of the beneficiaries. It will employ a new mode of competitive funding that will enable the formation of new partnerships of national agricultural research and extension systems, the CGIAR centres, advanced research institutes, non-governmental organisations, farmer organisations and private enterprise, in order to address problems by means of targeted and time-bound research projects with clear objectives and deliverables. This document was discussed at the Stakeholder Meeting at AGM02.