Fostering the Development and Diffusion of Technologies for Climate Change: Lessons from the CGIAR Model

Brief
Date period
1 December 2009

SummaryIn negotiations leading to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting in Copenhagen, negotiators and other stakeholders, are examining international partnerships in the area of joint research and development (R&D) to draw lessons for fostering the development and diffusion of technologies for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Several proposals have been made in this regard. One such proposal that is attracting growing support aims at the establishment of regional technology innovation centres.

It is against this background, that the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is becoming the subject of increased interest on the part of stakeholders actively involved in climate change talks. The CGIAR is a strategic partnership of international agricultural centres that mobilizes scientific research to achieve sustainable food security and reduce poverty in developing countries.

This policy brief aims to provide an overview of the CGIAR, in particular its organisation and its evolution, taking into consideration the challenges it has faced since its establishment. It also discusses a number of questions raised by the CGIAR model that may inform efforts that aim to promote the development and diffusion of climate change mitigation and adaptation technologies.