Public-Private Partnerships in Food and Agriculture
By CropLife International
December 28, 2012 - From feeding a population expected to reach nine billion by 2050, to protecting soil, water & natural habitats, the world’s farmers are faced with many challenges. As a result, farmers need innovative solutions more than ever before. Through the partnership of the public & private sectors, innovative collaborations are providing farmers with access to plant science technologies, as well as new practices & knowledge, to help farmers meet these challenges. The map below showcases where & how the plant science industry is partnering with the public sector, NGOs & other members of the food value chain to improve farmers lands & livelihoods.
|Partners||Africa Harvest, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Agricultural Research Council of South Africa, The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), The International crops research institute for the semi-arid tropics (ICRISAT), The University of Pretoria (UP), The Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), The West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development, University of California Berkeley, Environmental and Agricultural Research, & Institute of Agricultural Research|
|The ABS project seeks to develop a more nutritious and easily digestible sorghum variety that contains increased levels of essential amino acids, especially lysine, increased levels of Vitamins A and more available iron and zinc. The success of the Project could improve the health of a target 300 million people who depend on sorghum as a staple food in Africa. In addition, the ABS project is developing mutually beneficial science partnerships and local research capacity in key sub-regions of Africa.|
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Through the partnership of the public and private sectors, organizations are able to work together for mutual growth and benefit. These collaborations enable goals, resources, expertise and risk to be shared, ensuring scientific innovations become valuable tools for farmers. Successful public-private partnerships:
- Improve the efficiency of developing locally-adapted innovation.
- Enable technology to be distributed more effectively to local farmers.
- Help farmers continuously improve and make the most of sustainable agricultural practices.
- Promote the effective and responsible application of new technologies.
- Provide social and economic value to farmers and communities.
To ensure a sustainable, secure global food supply we need to continuously improve the tools and techniques available to farmers working in diverse ways and environments around the world. This involves not only developing new technologies, but also adapting and applying these innovations to local needs and conditions. It also involves ensuring they can be used effectively by skilled and well-informed farmers. Neither the private nor the public sector can achieve these aims on its own. But together they can combine and maximise the impact of their individual experiences and resources where it matters most – at the local level with our farmers around the world.
To learn more about how the plant science industry is engaging in partnerships around the globe visit the CropLife International website: Public-Private Partnerships in Food and Agriculture
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