NIFA and CGIAR collaborate to advance U.S. agriculture, international collaboration

In a recent exchange of letters, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and CGIAR stated their intentions to foster international collaboration, information sharing and coordination of selected efforts between NIFA-funded and CGIAR-funded researchers.

“The desired outcome of this enhanced collaboration between NIFA and CGIAR would be the joint application of scientific expertise that aligns talents and resources to achieve greater impacts globally in addressing issues of interest to our institutions,” wrote Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA director, in his letter to CGIAR.

CGIAR Executive Director Elwyn Grainger-Jones described the potential benefits resulting from partnering with NIFA. “Through its association of 15 global research centers, CGIAR brings together a broad range of partners who play a critical role in the adoption of sustainable innovations including government, national research programs, civil society, and the private sector.”

Collaborative activities include opportunities for:

  • NIFA-funded researchers to spend time undertaking research at CGIAR centers; and
  • CGIAR-funded researchers and NIFA-funded researchers to share information, discuss technical innovations in agriculture, and to propose and participate in collaborative research that can improve food and nutritional security, and resources and ecosystem services.

“Many agricultural pests and diseases that threaten our crops and livestock emerge or reemerge first outside the U.S. Wild crop genes we may need for improved breeding of various crops might only be found outside the U.S. Moreover, in 2030, 96 percent of the world’s population, and thus, most of the markets, will be outside the U.S.,” said Dr. Otto Gonzalez, director, NIFA’s Center for International Programs.

“International collaboration, therefore, is essential for a thriving and heathy U.S. agricultural sector” Gonzalez added.

CGIAR is a global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for a food secure future. Its research is carried out by 15 CGIAR centers and 12 research programs in collaboration with hundreds of partners, including national and regional research institutes, civil society organizations, academia, development organizations and the private sector.

See NIFA and CGIAR’s exchange of letters.

This article was originally published in NIFA Update, NIFA’s weekly compendium of news and information.