The existing model of funding for agricultural research and development (R&D) is not equipped for the challenges it needs to meet, according to an opinion piece for MarketWatch, penned by Bram Govaerts, Director General of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and Elizabeth Cousens, President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Nations Foundation.
To tackle climate change, address hunger and malnutrition, and revive rural livelihoods, Cousens and Govaerts call for increased and more balanced investment in R&D for agri-food systems, using a participatory model to take advantage of knowledge sharing.
Co-designed projects, such as MasAgro, which involve local communities and value chain actors, can be vital in bridging the R&D gap.
Read the article: Opinion: Feeding people on this warming Earth requires future-proofing our agri-food systems. Here’s how.