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Final Celebrations at Headquarters, 8-9 November 2017
President Juan Manuel Santos joins CIAT50 Celebrations
Como muestra de nuestra admiración y agradecimiento, entregué al @CIAT_ la Orden Nacional al Mérito en grado Cruz de Plata. Sabemos que con su apoyo seguiremos recogiendo los frutos de la paz que estamos construyendo. #CIAT50 pic.twitter.com/Y63cIIN5jS— Juan Manuel Santos (@JuanManSantos) 8 de noviembre de 2017
Colombia’s Minister of Finance Mauricio Cárdenas Santamaría addresses the audience and reiterates the importance of the CIAT-Colombia alliance for Colombia and the world
CIAT’s Maria Fernanda Reyes opens the CIAT50 celebrations
Geoff Hawtin, Chair of the CIAT Board, welcomes the participants on this special day of celebrations
More prestigious participants address the audience
CIAT celebrates its partners
Because its achievements in the last 50 years would not have been possible without its hundreds of partners around the world, CIAT took the opportunity of its 50th Anniversary celebrations to recognize just a few key partners in its host country, Colombia. Our thanks and recognition also go to all our other partners in Colombia and elsewhere. Together we will continue to build a sustainable food future for all.
… and partners recognize CIAT
Geoff Hawtin, Chair of the CIAT Board, receives on behalf of CIAT the “orden al merito vallecaucano” (Vallecaucan Order of Merit) from Dilian Francisca Toro Torres, Governor of Valle del Cauca in Colombia.
… Even from the distance
Louise Fresco, President of the Wageningen University, sent a video message to acknowledge more than 40 years of collaboration with CIAT on such topics as beans, cassava, pastures, carbon sequestration and training. Louise also emphasizes areas for future collaboration, especially with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS) now hosted at Wageningen.
Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank and 2017 World Food Prize Laureate, congratulates CIAT for its work to improve the resilience and incomes of farmers and vows to work together to feed Africa and lift millions of people out of poverty.
Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) believes that agriculture will become an ever greater source of prosperity and that Latin America has the potential to become a breadbasket of the world. IADB is proud to be a partner of CIAT to make this vision a reality and ensure that rural communities share the fruits of this prosperity.
CIAT’s Ricardo Labarta presents some of the impacts of 50 years of collaborative research
During 50 years, CIAT has led the development and dissemination of technologies, innovative methods, and new knowledge that better enable farmers to enhance eco-efficiency in agriculture and contribute to building a sustainable food future.
CIAT scientists have compiled an impressive record of achievements. In the interests of accountability to donors and other stakeholders, and to help guide the Center’s strategic research investments, they have also devoted considerable effort to measure the economic impact of their work.
Ricardo presents some of the main impacts of CIAT’s collaborative research.
Ricardo Labarta is the Leader of Impact Assessment Research at CIAT
The first panel of the day discusses the LAC model
Latin America and the Caribbean: a model for agricultural development and sustainable food systems?
Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is poised to be recognized as one of the great food baskets of the world. As one of the most urbanized regions in the world, LAC is already in the future, and it is ahead of the curve in other respects too. Some countries in the region have made considerable advances in the way they produce food, are proud and proven early adopters of new agricultural technologies, and have developed groundbreaking policies on issues from ecosystem services to climate-smart agriculture. LAC really can become the precedent for inclusive agricultural development and sustainable food systems that can both inform and inspire the rest of the world.
The World Bank’s Juergen Voegele shares his vision of a sustainable food future
The big discussion: Building a sustainable food future
After addressing food systems in Colombia and Latin America, the panelists and participants discuss the global food systems.
Food systems affect and are affected by the social, economic, and environmental contexts in which they operate. Today, they face a massive array of challenges. About 795 million people currently lack enough food to lead healthy and active lives. By 2050, the world’s population is expected to reach 9.8 billion. To feed everyone, we must ensure access to 60 percent more food in ways that enhance the livelihoods of poor farmers and reduce agriculture’s impact on the environment, and we must do so at a time when land degradation and climate change are disrupting the very ecosystem services that are critical to sustainable agriculture.
We discuss the critical roles of climate change research, private sector involvement, and food systems to build a sustainable food future.
Talk 1: The future of climate change research
Margarita Astrálaga, Director, Environment and Climate Change Division, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Ana María Loboguerrero, Latin America Regional Program Leader, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and
Food Security (CCAFS)
Talk 2: Aligning public and private interest to scale up and deliver impact
Talk 3: How to achieve sustainable food systems
Moderator: Per Pinstrup-Andersen, Professor Emeritus, Cornell University
CIAT’s Director general Ruben Echeverría wraps up the day
Javier Mateo-Vega, CIAT’s Director of Partnerships and Communications, kicks off the day
European Commission’s Bernard Rey reflects on the changing landscape of agricultural research for development
John Lynam tells the story of CIAT and invites two surprise guests to the stage…
John then facilitates a discussion on social sciences at CIAT
With the following introductory statement – “The mission of CIAT is to accelerate agricultural and economic development and to increase agricultural production and productivity in order to improve the diets and welfare of the people of the world. In addition, CIAT is concerned with increases in buying power of urban residents in the sense that they may be able to purchase more and thus benefit from the increased food supplies.” Later, CIAT’s mission would focus increasingly on raising incomes for smallholder farmers, concentrating on 4 major crops and more recently CIAT has embraced a ‘Sustainable Food Systems’ paradigm. As the CGIAR has evolved into a more development focused organization social sciences become even more important than in the past. What was the original thinking at the beginning of social science at CIAT, and particularly agricultural economics?
Moderator: John Lynam, CIAT Emeritus
Grant Scobie, former Director General, CIAT
Per Pinstrup-Andersen, Professor Emeritus, Cornell University, former CIAT Scientist
Alberto Valdés, International Consultant, former CIAT Scientist
Two more partners mark their long-standing collaboration with CIAT
What’s next for CIAT research? Director General Ruben Echeverría and Senior Scientist Steve Prager share a few words to open the dicussion
Does gene editing mean we can cut and paste our way to sustainable agriculture?
Gene editing is the most exciting area in biology right now. Here we introduce ways it can help us tackle climate change and boost food production.
Joe Tohme presents his vision and discusses with Rob Bertram and Eduardo Trigo
Eating data byte by byte
Data is the flux capacitor of agricultural research, accelerating us into a future of sustainable, resilient food production, where no-one is left behind.
Andy Jarvis presents his vision and discusses with Sara Menker and Greg Traxler
Sustainable food systems for the majority
Sustainable food systems encompass agricultural production systems, market linkages, wholesale and retail food distribution and provide the underpinning for key Sustainable Development Goals. What needs to happen to construct food systems that deliver inclusive, climate resilient, environmentally sustainable and healthy diets for all?
Mark Lundy presents his vision and discusses with Eugenio Díaz-Bonilla
Investing in green infrastructure
We can have the best of both worlds – competitive and sustainable food production, while protecting the environment and the numerous services it provides.
Marcela Quintero presents her vision and discusses with Daniel van Gilst
Presenting Future Seeds
The Future Seeds initiative seeks to build a state-of-the-art genebank that not only ensures their long-term conservation but also encourages their use to enrich diets and to help climate-proof food supply in the tropics.
Peter Wenzl presents his vision and discusses with Luis Calzadilla.
CIAT Director General Ruben Echeverría closes the celebrations
… Before participants head to CIAT’s trial fields