Agriculture is a vital driver of prosperity and abundance. And the Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA) has designated 2020 the Year of Action. Already, more than 75 national governments, multilateral banks, civil society organizations and private sector companies have signed up to support an ambitious agenda to accelerate and scale innovations for farming communities vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Efforts will conclude at a Climate Adaptation Summit hosted by the Netherlands in October where significant new funding commitments are expected to further support CGIAR’s research. Next year is also a critical moment for the world if it is to achieve the second Sustainable Development Goal: end hunger, achieve food security and promote sustainable agriculture by 2030. Data showing that hunger levels are at their highest for a decade—after years of steady decline—has sounded the alarm that SDG2 is in jeopardy. So, the foundation will lead efforts to ensure agricultural development and smallholder farmers are at the forefront of efforts to get back on track. Discussions are already underway for a major international convening. Our hope is that this will consolidate the global alliance around new investments in key institutions, such CGIAR research centers and the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP), and a common agenda for making SDG2 an urgent priority. Our vision is an inclusive agricultural transformation led by smallholder farmers who are empowered with the know-how, infrastructure, technical support, and latest technologies to improve their livelihoods, lift their families out of poverty, and contribute to a sustainable global food system.
Deputy Director, Strategy, Planning and Management, Agricultural Development