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A series of high-level meetings in Abidjan, Côte D’Ivoire, has delivered progress towards a strengthened alignment between CGIAR and Africa’s research and innovation agenda, with further commitment from CGIAR to build capacity in African institutions to respond to growing threats to food systems.  

The high-level consultations, dubbed Abidjan I and Abidjan II, saw speakers articulate how CGIAR can continue to better support African priorities during its transition to a ‘One’ CGIAR. The One CGIAR reform will position the organization to deliver more impact for farmers through a holistic ‘systems’ approach to research and innovation.  

“It is clear that One CGIAR will play a pivotal role in the transformation and improvement of the research and agricultural system of the continent, enhancing performance and responsiveness,” said S.E.M. Kobenan Adjoumani, Minister of Agriculture of Côte D’Ivoire and guest of honor at the high-level event. “I have no doubt that One CGIAR, in its design, will capture key concerns of Africa and strengthen Africa’s research institutions.”  

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