Explaining why this parallel session was exclusively focused on rice, maize and wheat, Marianne Banzinger of CIMMYT said that it was important to move quickly to study the anticipated gap between between yield and demand, which the world will face long before 2050, and that this big challenge required coordinated investment and partnerships.
“If we want food prices for these three crops to remain stable, the productivity on farms has to go up on essentially the same land area, with less water, nutrients, fossil fuel and labor.”
Participants were quick to point out that the CGIAR must include other essential good security crops in their analysis, particularly
given that there is no specific food security theme within the CG centers.
They also noted the importance of defining roles within the system. One participant summed it up neatly, saying that without a clear division of labor “the CGIAR will be invited to work on everything and not deliver on anything.”