Enhancing systemic research & development in agriculture

At the 2014 IFSA (International Farming Systems Association) Symposium in Berlin, Prolinnova joined a contact group for continuing and deepening collaboration between IFSA and the CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) on agricultural systems. During a Global Issues session in Berlin, participants re-examined Farming Systems Research (FSR) in the context of reform in the CGIAR system. The CRPs bring together the 15 International Agricultural Research Centres and other research and development partners in partnerships focused on major issues. Three of the CRPs explicitly take a systems perspective.

Prolinnova is partnering with one of them – Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS) – in the study on the impact of farmer-led agricultural research and development (ARD) as well as with the CRP on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) in SOLLINKKA. The contact group was set up between IFSA-Europe and the CGIAR Systems CRPs to enhance exchange and learning to rebuild a systems capability in ARD. For more information, see http://ifsa.boku.ac.at/cms/index.php?id=137