Pre-proposal meeting on climate-smart agriculture

14 February 2017

On 10 February, a pre-proposal meeting took place on the fourth call of the Food & Business Global Challenges Programme. The meeting focused on the options for collaboration with the CGIAR Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). About 35 potential applicants attended the meeting at the NWO premises.

GCP aims to generate research–based advanced understanding of emerging key issues in food security and their impact, and the role of private sector development. The deadline to submit an obligatory Letter of Intent for the fourth GCP call is 28 March 2017. Proposals can be submitted until 18 April 2017.

Please visit the funding page for more information on the call for proposals.

Dutch introduction

The day was chaired by Frans Verberne, Director of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform Office. Melle Leenstra of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs started of with emphasising the relevance of this call for the food security policy of his Ministry. This call marks the start of the collaboration between the Dutch Diamond partners and the CGIAR, for instance.

Afterwards, Corinne Lamain, academic secretary of GCP, introduced the research programme. The objective of the Global Challenges  Programme is to promote research based advanced understanding of emerging key issues in global and regional food security and their impact on local food security and the role of private sector  development. This is aimed for by

  • focussing on food systems;
  • engaging project partners in interaction and joint learning (co-creation);
  • using a Theory of Change and Impact Pathway with Research Uptake

The Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP)

Frans Verberne elaborated on the role of the F&BKP in enhancing the potential for impact of GCP projects. The strategic goals in the field of Food and Nutrition Securitof the platform are to:

  • Improve relevance and efficient use of Dutch, local and international knowledge and research capacity;
  • Strengthen policy in the Netherlands and abroad;
  • Facilitate knowledge and research that are suitable for Dutch and local business.

The platform enhances knowledge sharing & research uptake by communication, stakeholder engagement and capacity development.

CCAFS collaboration opportunities

Bruce Campbell, CCAFS Director, presented the objectives and Theory of change of CCAFS. These are to:

  • develop new business models for Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) at local levels;
  • explore innovative value-chain based incentive mechanisms for CSA adoption;
  • explore emerging innovative finance instruments that will support CSA scaling up;
  • iimprove the enabling conditions for scaling up.

The objectives are to be reached by linking the new projects to on-going CCAFS projects. By cooperating with these projects, the following effects should evolve:

  • deepening the research
  • linking to on-going work, increasing opportunities for outcomes over the shorter term;
  • embedding regional and global researchers in project teams.

To inform potential applicants about the projects that they might link with, Campbell presented an overview of the current CCAFS projects.

Source: NWO