Tuesday, April 1, 2014

CCAFS R4D maps out agenda & strategy for Southeast Asia

A team of researchers from various CGIAR Centers centers and the National Agricultural Research Systems of Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar,  Philippines  and  Vietnam gathered in Hanoi on  the 12th to the-14th of March to map out the regional R4D agenda and strategy for CCAFS in Southeast Asia.

Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) Vice Minister Mr. Ha Cong Tuan, gave  gave the keynote speech in which he emphasized climate change as one of the most serious challenges facing Vietnam.

“Our major concern is the extent to which climate change will hit poor households, partly because of the decline in agricultural incomes and because of an increase in food prices,” he said. “We foresee that the poorest 20 percent of our households, both urban and rural, will experience larger reductions in standards of living due to climate change than the top 20 percent,” he added.

The four CCAFS flagship themes: (1) climate smart agricultural practices, (2) climate information services and climate-informed safety nets, (3) low emissions agricultural development, and (4) policies and institutions for resilient food systems, were put into the Southeast Asia context by identifying and defining their corresponding regional outcomes,  next users, milestones, outputs and R4D priority activities. A  regional impact pathway-driven R4D agenda was mapped out  and the full strategy is currently being finalized, linking existing projects with future research activities.

Read also:  CCAFS R4D Agenda & Strategy for Southeast Asia

MARD Vice Minister Mr. Ha Cong Tuan delivering the keynote speech during the CCAFS-SEA R4D workshop with Dr. Leocadio Sebastian, CCAFS-SEA regional program leader), Dr. Nguyen Van Bo, president of the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Dr. V. J. Bruce Tolentino, deputy director general for partnerships and communication, IRRI.

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