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A major emphasis on research is needed to produce new technologies, policies and approaches to reduce poverty and malnutrition without degrading the environment and to increase food supplies and availability in significant ways. A framework research strategy guiding global agricultural research investments under the initiative has recently been released (http://www.feedthefuture.gov/documents/FTF_research_strategy.pdf). The strategy was undertaken to help focus research under the initiative in ways that most effectively advance the goals of reducing poverty and hunger. Research investments in the broad areas of productivity gains, production systems, and nutrition and food safety are emphasized.
If FTF research investments are to achieve real success, they must draw on the creativity, insights, and energies of the various communities of researchers working on agricultural development and hunger alleviation. To that end, USAID and USDA are partnering with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Board on International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) to convene a consultative process for engaging the US and international research communities to respond to the strategy and to identify research opportunities that support FTF’s research goals. An initial workshop was held at Purdue University in January 2011 to set the context for the discussion and frame a process (http://www.aplu.org/document.doc?id=3140). A May 2011 e-consultation and a stakeholder Forum, to be convened in Washington, D.C. in June 2011, will allow research stakeholders to further refine research priorities and identify opportunities for new ways of working. Discussions and research priorities identified in the context of these discussions will inform FTF research implementation efforts.
:: Feed The Future Guide:: Feed The Future: Global Food Security Research Strategy:: Agenda for January 2011 Feed the Future Planning Workshop: Partnering with the U.S. Research Community:: WHITE PAPER: A Research Agenda for Feed The Future: A Planning Workshop at Purdue University
From May 9-27, APLU is coordinating a major on-line consultation focusing on the FTF research strategy. It will be a chance for researchers to consider and provide input to the US government on FTF’s research priorities, and to discuss how best to support and engage with this important new program.
Participants in the e-consultation will work to define a set of ten to twenty research challenges under the FTF research strategy framework. From there, participants will develop sets of actionable research questions and projects that collectively support each challenge and, overall, FTF’s goal. In addition, the consultative process will identify opportunities for coordination of efforts through innovative partnerships across institutional and disciplinary boundaries and for enhancement of the impacts of research through human and institutional capacity development.
We seek participation and input from a wide cross-section of researchers concerned with agriculture, hunger alleviation, and human development, and all others interested in commenting on and engaging with FTF’s research strategy.
To register for the e-consultation, click here:
The Feed The Future Research Forum, June 21-23, 2011, to address the research strategy of Feed The Future (FTF) will be convened by APLU in conjunction with the announcement of the World Food Prize Laureate. The meeting will be open to all but limited to the first 300 participants. The goals of the Research Forum are:
We hope to attract stakeholders from the US and international research communities, government, civil society and industry and from a broad range of expertise related to agriculture, food systems, social sciences, business, environment, human nutrition, food safety, policy, and other related fields.The meeting will also provide an opportunity to highlight new programs and investigate ways of leveraging additional funds in support of FTF research goals. The Forum will begin the afternoon of the 21st, following the Food prize announcement, with a high-level segment focusing on working modalities, followed by a reception. Break-out groups on three central pillars of the FTF research strategy, plus the cross-cutting issue of human and institutional capacity development, will meet on the 22nd, and end mid-day on the 23rd.
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