Monday, April 10, 2023

CGIAR Initiatives SeedEqual and Market Intelligence work together to streamline strategies for 2023

To streamline and strengthen the Research Initiatives, the Seed Equal and Market Intelligence Initiatives of OneCGIAR hosted a reflection and planning workshop from 13-17 March 2023 at the ILRI Campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The five-day event brought together representatives from various CGIAR centers, the Systems Office, NARES partners, universities, and private sector partners.  As part of the “reflect process” in CGIAR annual reporting, the meeting aimed to identify the lessons learned from 2022, set the objectives and expectations in 2023 in terms of outputs and impact, achieve integration between the two Initiatives, and promote scientific exchange.

One of the goals of Seed Equal for 2023 is to develop strong impact assessment strategies for the Genetic Innovation (GI) Action Area.  For Market Intelligence, there is a plan to operationalize the Global Market Intelligence Platform (GloMIP), which will become the priority-setting information hub for GI by integrating three levels of prioritization: global, market segment, and breeding pipeline. Both efforts are anticipated to support adoption amongst stakeholders and increase the services’ value to users. 

At the reflective workshop, the group identified touchpoints between both Initiatives and was able to synchronize their strategies for targeting and prioritizing activities. 

The overall goal of the CGIAR Initiatives is to create a real, lasting, and positive impact in 5 key areas: climate change and mitigation; environmental health and biodiversity; gender equality, youth, and social inclusion; nutrition, health, and food security; and poverty reduction, livelihoods, and jobs. Through cooperation, the Initiatives are positioned to contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.


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