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the Launch of CGIAR 2030 Global Drylands Strategy at Science Week

25 June 2024, Kenya: On behalf of collaborating CGIAR Centers, partners, and stakeholders who played a vital role in its development, ICARDA and ICRISAT are thrilled to launch the CGIAR 2030 Global Strategy for Resilient Drylands during CGIAR’s inaugural Science Week in Nairobi, Kenya.

Wednesday, 3 July 2024 – 08:45 – 9:30 in CR9 | We invite you to join ICARDA Director General Aly Abousabaa, ICRISAT (Acting) Deputy Director General – Research Dr. Victor-Afari Sefa, and other distinguished speakers and partners for a dynamic and strategic discussion on how to effectively optimize the global drylands strategy to serve rural communities and marginalized groups in dryland regions.

The CGIAR 2030 Global Strategy for Resilient Drylands (GSRD) sets out CGIAR’s steadfast commitment to harnessing cutting-edge agri-science and technology to tackle the complex challenges facing global dryland communities, exacerbated by climate change, conflicts, outdated agricultural practices, and population growth.

This initiative, led by ICARDA and ICRISAT and in collaboration with CIFOR-ICRAF, CIMMYT, CIP, IFPRI, IITA, ILRI, IWMI, and WorldFish, is supported by national research organizations, governments, private sector partners, and civil society. The GSRD aims to foster resilient livelihoods in dryland communities worldwide through a unified, multi-center approach.

Drylands cover 46% of the world’s land, home to 38% of the global population, and support nearly 44% of agricultural systems. These regions face severe challenges like climate variability, water scarcity, and land degradation. The GSRD promotes climate-optimized farming and diversified agri-food systems to ensure resilience and productivity. Central to the GSRD is the conservation and effective management of biodiversity, soil, land, and water resources.

The launch event will feature dynamic discussions on optimizing the GSRD to serve rural and marginalized communities in dryland regions. Speakers will address climate impacts, opportunities for agri-food system transformation, biodiversity conservation, and sustainable resource management. Contributions from CGIAR centers will highlight their strengths in delivering solutions for climate adaptation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The event aims to:

  • Raise the visibility of the GSRD and its role in transforming agri-food systems
  • Foster support and engagement from potential partners and donors
  • Discuss specific needs for developing climate-resilient food systems in dry areas
  • Explore investment avenues in agricultural research and development

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