CIAT’s 45th Anniversary: Celebrating Shared Success in Africa and Asia

1 November, 2012 by (comments)

CIAT's anniversary events in Africa  and AsiaAccompanied by a total of more than 200 representatives from donor agencies, agricultural ministries, regional and national partner organizations, and the private sector, CIAT recently rounded out its celebrations of the Center’s 45th anniversary with two regional gatherings – one held in Hanoi, Vietnam, and the other in Nairobi, Kenya.

“These events highlighted both the shared success and exciting future of regional research begun three decades ago,” said CIAT director general Ruben Echeverría.” The participants conveyed real pride in their association with the Center and in the significant impacts of our collaborative efforts. They also expressed strong interest in continuing to work with us, as we take up new challenges in tropical agriculture, such as climate change.”

Featuring keynote presentations and panel discussions, the Nairobi event, which took place on 8 October, explored the way forward for Africa’s smallholder agriculture, as it strives to become more productive and competitive but also environmentally sustainable. The discussions emphasized the importance of increased public investment in research as well as the critical role of regional trade and public-private partnerships for unlocking the huge potential of Africa’s agriculture.

A panel discussion on South-South partnerships for rural development stressed the need for researchers to link more effectively with development actors in transforming Africa’s crop and livestock production. The discussion offered valuable lessons from partnerships focusing on bean, soils, and livestock, which can be put to good use through new regional alliances.

During the anniversary event held in Hanoi on 10 September, a panel discussion explored the views of high-level stakeholders from China, Thailand, and Vietnam as well as CIAT staff on future directions in the region’s agriculture.

Research on cassava and tropical forages has done much to sharpen agriculture’s competitive edge in Southeast Asia, yielding substantial benefits for smallholder farm families in upland regions, according to Bui Ba Bong, Vietnam’s Vice-Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. He presented three CIAT staff with Vietnam’s Medal for the Cause of Agriculture and Rural Development.

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