The world faces a huge challenge in providing food security for all in the face of growing populations, increasing demand for resource-intensive foods, and climate change. Leaders from G8 and G20 governments are pursuing a range of policy responses and it is crucial that they recognize the key role of technological innovation to ensure crop yields keep up with demand and available food meets nutritional requirements. But new inventions will do no one any good if they simply sit on the shelf.
AgResults is a new donor initiative designed to engage the private sector and encourage the development and adoption of agricultural technologies using results-based aid mechanisms. It was launched at the G-20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, last June, when Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, United States, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations, supported by the World Bank, announced that they were committing $100 million to the initiative. They also unveiled the first three pilots, which will be launched this spring. Please join us for a conversation with representatives from the donor steering committee and the World Bank on what they hope to achieve with this new tool, the challenges they are confronting in implementing it, and where they might go with the next set of pilots.
Note: The panelists' views are their own, and not necessarily those of their institutions.
Featuring Grahame Dixie
Senior Agricultural Specialist, World Bank
Representative for Australia, AgResults Steering Committee
Manager G20, Australian Agency for International Development
Co-Chair and Representative for Canada, AgResults Steering Committee
Senior Economist, Department of Finance Canada
Hosted by Kimberly Elliott
Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development