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DRYARC INITIATIVE CO-DESIGN WORKSHOP: Eight CGIAR centres participated in a co-design workshop 


Source : ICARDA News

Rabat, Morocco, 8-11 September 2019  

8 CGIAR Centers (Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research) participated in a co-design workshop to consolidate the key objectives of the DryArc Initiative and define its outputs and outcomes while ensuring integration with global climate and resilience needs. 

Taking place in ICARDA’s INRA-Morocco hosted offices, the event brought together the National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS), donors, partners, and stakeholders of the DryArc to identify and explore the objectives of the DryArc Initiative, its implementation modalities and Theory of Change. This cross-CGIAR partnership includes: the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), the WorldFish, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). It is important to highlight that the initiative is aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and is based on a system approach.

The four pillars of the DryArc action towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are:

  • combining knowledge (local, regional, international) to design systemic innovations,
  • accelerating scaling up of impactful target innovations,
  • continuous integration of disruptive technologies,
  • and enabling institutional environment (decision-making, M&E, absorptive capacity, investment)

On this occasion, Dr. Pascal Bergeret - Director of the CIHEAM Montpellier was notably asked about the issues related to the training of young agricultural entrepreneurs, the interest of the European Union for North African products, triangular collaboration ( North-South-South) or on phytosanitary stakes in the African Free Trade Area.


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