The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT is a new venture created to turn food and agriculture systems around. Our first unified Strategy combines the experience and strengths of the two organizations – including genebanks, use and conservation of agrobiodiversity, climate-smart and digital agriculture, nutrition, and participatory research – and will help us lead the way on food environment and consumer behavior, multifunctional landscapes, climate action, biodiversity for food and agriculture, digital inclusion, and crops for nutrition and health. These are all the pressure points where the Alliance can play a catalytic role with interventions that can trigger multiplier effects for positive change.
The strategy has been designed from the outset for impact at scale, from local to global levels, through a range of partnerships and new business models that change our relationships with key development actors from next users to partners, co-investors, and clients.
We will achieve our mission by employing approaches such as innovation networks and communities of practice and by fostering new partnerships with investors, the private sector and disruptive innovators. We will also build on our work with existing partners – other CGIAR Research Centers, multilateral organizations, research institutes and universities, national agricultural research innovation systems, practitioners, development agencies and the farmers themselves.
In this way, we will ensure that what we produce is fit for purpose and works in regional and localized contexts, for example, bringing benefits to the agricultural landscapes and the livelihoods of millions of families.