CIAT Annual Report 2018
CIAT is CGIAR
Many of CIAT’s success stories were made possible thanks to the Center’s deep ties to the CGIAR research portfolio. Much of our climate work falls under the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), which is led by CIAT and is one of CGIAR’s four Global Integrating Programs. CIAT researchers are major contributors to ten of the CGIAR System’s programs, which span priority themes from specific staple crops and livestock systems to whole ecosystems and multi-level policy. CIAT co-leads the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture, which is one of the three Global Integrating Programs that underpin research across the 15 CGIAR centers. Our researchers work closely with the other two, the Excellence in Breeding Platform and the Genebank Platform. These strategic relationships across CGIAR allow CIAT and the System’s Centers, which form the world’s largest agricultural innovation network, to remain at the forefront of research into major issues facing the globe today.
Big Data: Decoding the data ecosystem
The CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture was created in 2017 to coalesce the global, data-driven capabilities of CGIAR to both leverage and shape the digital transformations happening in our sector. It has been a multifaceted and rewarding challenge as we aim to become more skillful data stewards, build new alliances, and develop innovation strategies for digital agriculture.
In 2017, the newly created Platform engaged with a broad range of actors to build an Alliance for a Data Revolution, opening the way for new collaborations to shape the future of digital agriculture in developing economies. Finding the right mix of data, actors, analysis, and action to build resilient food systems is a complex problem. During 2018, we learned a few things about how to address it. To find out more, check out Big Data’s annual report.
CCAFS: 3 million climate-smart agriculture households, and counting
The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, which is led by CIAT, has reached some three million farming households with climate-smart agriculture (CSA) techniques.
In 2018, this included 900,000 recipients of climate information services in Ghana, Colombia, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Rwanda. In other advances related to the Sustainable Development Goals, an independent study demonstrated how CGIAR technical advice and knowledge have contributed to climate-related improvements in at least 65 large agricultural projects or programs in low- and middle-income countries supported by World Bank grants and loans. Find about these achievements and more in CCAFS annual report.