|Taking a dig at farming,|
but not farmers' rights ...
Sunday, 19 January 2014
What is CGIAR? Apart from being an apparent typo for "cigar", CGIAR is the streamlined modern name for the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. This is a global partnership that unites various organisations that are engaged in research leading towards a food-secure future. The idea is to support research that is dedicated to reducing rural poverty, increasing food security, improving human health and nutrition, and ensuring more sustainable management of natural resources. Some 15 centres belong to the CGIAR Consortium work in close collaboration with hundreds of partner organisations. These include national and regional research institutes, civil society organisations, academe and the private sector.
Some time later this year, at a mutually convenient date and when Kay is in London, the IPKat and Merpel hope to host a meeting at which Kay and Kat team member Darren Smyth -- who has focused on many problem issues arising from the Nagoya Protocol in recent Katposts (see eg here, here and here) -- will chat about their respective positions, where they differ and whether (and, if so, how) the gap between polar opposites can be effectively bridged, or at least narrowed.