Strategy

Humanity and the planet that is our home are facing interconnected crises in biodiversity, climate, environment and nutrition.

Our Strategy 2020-2025 sets out how we will develop solutions to these crises, working in a unique way at the nexus of agriculture, environment and nutrition.

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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.

Strategic objectives

Leveraging change in food systems

The Alliance has identified six research areas through which we can help transform food systems and landscapes to meet the challenges of the burgeoning demand for more nutritious food, while maintaining and improving our environment and addressing climate change. These areas are pressure points where Alliance research can play a catalytic role, where our intervention can trigger multiplier effects for positive change, and where:

  • the Alliance has comparative advantage
  • an entry point generates beneficial knock-on effects through the system
  • our catalytic role is recognized by partners
  • we work at the nexus between the agricultural, environmental and nutrition sectors.
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