An important step forward for CGIAR climate change research

1 August, 2011 by (comments)

The CGIAR Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers and CIAT have signed an agreement that advances the implementation and financing of the CGIAR Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), developed in collaboration with Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP).

Referred to as a “performance implementation agreement,” this is the first such accord to be signed by the Consortium and the lead center of a CGIAR Research Program. It spells out the terms under which the two will be accountable for program implementation.

Under the guidance of Bruce Campbell, who recently joined CIAT as CCAFS director and is based in Copenhagen, Denmark, the program’s research is organized around four main themes: (1) adaptation to progressive climate change, (2) adaptation through managing climate risk, (3) pro-poor climate change mitigation, and (4) integration for decision making.

The total budget of CCAFS for an initial 5 years is US$392.5 million, including $323.9 million from the CGIAR Fund; $63.2 million will be made available in the first year. Of this latter amount, 41.4 million will go to CIAT, the 14 other CGIAR centers and their partners for research, with $8 million covering CIAT’s research and coordination costs.

CIAT Director General Ruben Echeverría signed the agreement at CIAT headquarters in Colombia on 28 July, noting that it was a “historic moment” for the Center, given the importance of the program for successfully addressing climate change in tropical agriculture.

By Eduardo Figueroa

Filed Under: Climate Change