Dryland Systems Framework Development Workshop, Dubai, 30 Jan to 1 Feb 2012
A high-powered group of experts has developed an implementation framework for the new CGIAR Research Program (CRP 1.1) on Dryland Farming Systems.The program, Integrated and sustainable agricultural production systems for improved food security and livelihoods in dry areas, will be led by ICARDA and implemented with over 80 partners worldwide. The inception was phase was approved in November 2011; this workshop is the first step in implementation.
The participants included the Directors General of four CGIAR Centers (ICARDA, ICRAF, ICRISAT, ILRI), the head of the CGIAR’s sub-Saharan Africa Challenge Program, senior scientists from three other Centers (Bioversity, CIP, IWMI), representatives of regional organizations, and resource persons from three internationally reputed research centers: CSIRO-Australia, the University of Bonn, and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
The meeting helped outline the next steps in workplan development and implementation.The inception phase will begin with further data collection for more complete characterization of research sites. The workshop identified the elements of a common data framework, including standard formats for data collection and analysis. This will be followed by a series of stakeholder workshops that will ensure the widest possible consultation, and establish implementation mechanisms. Once these steps are completed, a revised project proposal will be developed, for submission to the CGIAR’s Independent Science and Partnership Council in September 2012.
The Dryland Systems program: technology performance data and user feedback result in continuous improvements, represented here as an upward spiral.