The strategy of the Alliance depends on partnerships for success. The complexity and size of the global challenges that we are facing mean that we cannot tackle them alone.
The Alliance engages with national and regional institutions through three strong regional hubs that allow us to support and capture the local dimension of our work. Our headquarters in Rome positions us to work closely with the Rome-based United Nations agencies working on food and agriculture (the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the World Food Programme). It is also a strategic position for reaching and connecting key constituencies in the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe.
We convene novel, multi-stakeholder partnerships to tackle specific problems in food systems. And we use our position as an independent international research institute to connect upstream research with downstream needs of key partners, for example connecting advanced research institutes and national research systems. Being at the heart of these unique networks and able to connect them makes us a valuable partner to others seeking food systems transformation. It allows us to address the entire research pathway from research to impact and from global to field level.
Key partners include:
» UN agencies. (IFAD, FAO, WFP, UN Environment, UN Development, the Convention on Biological Diversity to CBD, and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture to the Plant Treaty). Long-term, sustainable relationships with them allow us to support global policy with local research, and vice versa.
» National governments. We work with ministries of agriculture, forestry, health, and environment and with national research, extension and advisory services, allowing us to integrate our research with country needs, bring sectors together for novel solutions, and increase local capacity for innovation.
» Social enterprises, private sector, and financial institutions. These partners allow us to develop solutions that are profitable and economically sustainable while supporting development goals.
» Civil society. This includes development organizations and local non-governmental organizations, farmers’ associations, and women’s groups, allowing us to co-create evidence-based solutions that empower farmers and rural communities and increase their capacity for innovation.
» Universities. We will revisit our partnership model with universities to make it more strategic and higher level both in the integration of our knowledge products into curricula and in structured exchanges to tap into student and faculty capacity to produce cutting-edge science.
» CGIAR. The Alliance is supported by the CGIAR system and is actively engaged in One CGIAR, a concerted effort to create a more efficient and effective consolidated CGIAR that delivers outcomes in a more coordinated fashion. We have strong partnerships among the other CGIAR centers, and leadership on climate change, sustainable food systems, digital agriculture, and genetic resource policy.