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CGIAR Science Week

Innovation and partnerships for a food, nutrition, and climate secure-future

When humanity has faced its greatest challenges, science and innovation have provided solutions. Today, major and connected global challenges threaten the sustainability of food, land, and water systems, with the most vulnerable people and communities at greatest risk.

Recognizing the urgency of these challenges, CGIAR and the Kenyan Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) are convening the world’s leading scientists and decision-makers at the intersection of agriculture, climate, and health for an inaugural CGIAR Science Week. The gathering will inspire action and investment in sustainable food systems that nourish both people and the planet. With the new CGIAR research Portfolio being shaped to address the biggest challenges and opportunities of our time, this will be a key moment to shape and co-create the research and innovation agenda and to establish critical partnerships.

Drawing on CGIAR science and partnerships from around the world, the inaugural CGIAR Science Week brings together the community working for a food, nutrition, and climate secure future to:

  • Hear from global leaders in research, policy, and development about how we can harness and scale science and innovation during our Plenary sessions.
  • Co-create and contribute to the design of new CGIAR 2025-2030 programs during our Stakeholder Consultations.
  • Discover the best of our science during an exciting program of Science Talks, Innovation Showcase, and Research Workshops.
  • Experience game-changing innovations that are improving the lives of producers and consumers around the world in our Exhibition Area.
  • Explore CGIAR and partner labs and research stations and see science in action during our field visits.



When humanity has faced its greatest challenges, science and innovation have provided solutions. Today, major global challenges are threatening the sustainability of food, land and water systems, with the most vulnerable people and communities at greatest risk. At this critical moment, CGIAR Science Week’s plenary program brings together global and regional leaders in research, policy, and development to discuss how we harness and scale science and innovation and partner to provide food, nutrition and climate security for all.

09:00 - 12:00
Resilience in Practice: Insights into Camel Production, Gender, and Food Security for Climate Change Adaptation

This side event, aligned with the International Year of Camelids (IYC 2024), will delve into the critical role of camel production in climate change adaptation, gender and economic empowerment and food security for dryland communities. 

09:00 - 10:30
The Post-Malabo Agenda for Action on CAADP
10:30 - 12:00
CGIAR in Africa

The role of academia and universities in the transformation of the African agricultural landscape 

10:30 - 11:45
Targeting Transformation – Africa Plenary session
15:00 - 16:30
CGIAR in Africa: CGIAR impact areas

Quick wins from and for Africa

13:30 - 20:00
Livestock technologies scaling in Burundi and Eastern DRC for livelihoods improvement
16:00 - 17:30
Linking the last mile – approaches to improve farmers access
16:30 - 18:00
The power of true price transparency as a roadmap for healthy, affordable and sustainable food for all
16:30 - 18:00
Using forages for taking a bite out of livestock methane emissions in the Global South
17:00 - 19:00
ILRI strategy launch
ILRI Campus, Nairobi, Vercoe Auditorium

The purpose of this event is to:

•    Introduce the new ILRI strategy and recognize those in collaborated in its development 
•    Invite partnership, engagement and support to deliver ILRI’s new, ambitious corporate strategy  
•    Recognize five decades of partnerships, research solutions and engagement that have generated impacts and achievements through livestock research 

18:30 - 20:00
Animal Biotechnologies for AU Agenda 2063, The Africa we want
CR 1

This side event will be in the form of 2-3 short presentations to set the scene, followed by a consultative roundtable on livestock biotechnology, innovation and emerging technologies for Africa’s rural economic transformation as envisioned in Agenda 2063 of the African Union Commission.

08:30 - 10:00
One Health Horizons: Catalyzing Collaborations, Innovations, and Policies in Global Health
CR 14

The "One Health Horizons: Catalyzing Collaborations, Innovations, and Policies in Global Health" side event aims to unite experts and stakeholders from various sectors to enhance global health through the One Health approach, which acknowledges the interconnectedness of human, animal, and ecosystem health.

11:30 - 13:00
Towards a Coherent Agriculture for development knowledge system in Africa
United Nations Nairobi, Rm 80

This session will focus on sharing some collaborative activities from the KM4AgD Challenge, lessons from the activities of the Regional Learning Alliance and highlighting the importance of knowledge management processes to accelerate the spread of knowledge between farmers, researchers and policy makers for food, land and water transformation in Africa. 

13:30 - 20:00
CGIAR in Africa: Science, delivery, and scaling of innovations for development in Africa
14:00 - 15:30
Sustainable Animal Productivity – how do private actors shape livestock value chains?
UN, Nairobi

The session will start with a presentation of business approaches analysed in SAPLING to deliver productivity-enhancing technologies. We will then deepen the discussion with a panel of private actors, policy makers and researchers on how the private sector currently shapes livestock value chains and what incentives are required to move to more sustainable and equitable systems.

08:00 - 09:30
CGIAR GCF writeshop - methane reduction in rice and livestock systems
08:00 - 11:30
A typology for more impactful leveraging of science in the acceleration of agribusinesses
10:00 - 17:00
Livestock as pathways to diverse and nutritious diets

This event brings together ILRI collaborators and other partners that include other CGIAR colleagues, the private sector, UN agencies, NGOs, academic institutions, farmers, and other community members to share, discuss and showcase work around livestock food systems and animal source foods as part of healthy diets. The activities include an exhibition of foods using animal source foods, presentation and a panel discussion. 

10:30 - 13:00
Science innovations to accelerate climate action for food, land and water systems transformation in a climate crisis
12:00 - 13:30
Research Workshop
United Nations, MRM, Nairobi, Kenya

Managing environmental shocks in the Horn of Africa – early action research, collaboration and capacity development priorities for the drylands

12:30 - 14:00
CGIAR contribution changes in Sahel
16:00 - 17:30
Strategic Play: Gamification towards evidence-based innovation portfolio management to power CGIAR's 2030 strategy

Stakeholder consultations

The new CGIAR Portfolio, which will run from 2025-2030, is being designed to bring out the very best that CGIAR has to offer in the face of the biggest global challenges. To ensure that CGIAR research and innovation is truly demand-driven and addresses the needs of local, regional, and global stakeholders, there is a strong focus on co-creation and consultation in the portfolio development process. The new proposed portfolio is taking shape around 9 CGIAR Programs and 3 Accelerators which will address mega challenges and opportunities. During 13 stakeholder consultation sessions at CGIAR Science Week, the cross-CGIAR teams drafting the proposals will share initial thinking on the programs and work areas and seek input from partners and stakeholders to shape the proposals as they develop. We look forward to your engagement and support as we build this exciting new Portfolio together.

10:00 - 11:00
Consultation on Genebanks
18:00 - 20:00
Consultation on Policy innovation

12:30 - 14:30
Consultation on Climate action

08:00 - 10:00
Consultation on Gender Equality and Inclusion
08:00 - 10:00
Consultation on Sustainable Animal and Aquatic Foods

16:00 - 18:00
Consultation on Better Nutrition
16:00 - 18:00
Consultation on Sustainable Farming

08:00 - 10:00
Consultation on scaling for impact
08:00 - 10:00
Consultation on Digital transformation
16:00 - 18:00
Consultation on multifunctional landscapes
16:00 - 18:00
Consultation on capacity sharing

Exhibition area

Explore the CGIAR Science Week expo to discover the exciting innovations and partnerships delivering impact in food, land, and water systems transformation. Get hands on with transformative best-bet technologies and meet the scientists from CGIAR and partner organizations working at the cutting edge of research for development in areas including climate action, genetic innovation, digital & data, livestock and aquatic foods sustainable farming, sustainable diets and policy.


Appolinaire Djikeng

Appolinaire Djikeng

Director General and CGIAR Senior Director of Livestock-Based Systems

Namukolo Covic

Namukolo Covic

Director General’s Representative to Ethiopia, CGIAR Ethiopia Country Convenor and CGIAR Regional Director for East and Southern Africa

Siboniso (Boni) Moyo

Siboniso (Boni) Moyo

Deputy Director General for research and development - Biosciences

Isabelle Baltenweck

Isabelle Baltenweck

Program Leader: Policies, Institutions and Livelihoods

Hung Nguyen-Viet

Hung Nguyen-Viet

Co-Leader, Animal and Human Health Program

Ally Okeyo Mwai

Ally Okeyo Mwai

Interim program lead Livestock genetics

Chris Jones

Chris Jones

Program Leader, Feed and Forage Development

Fiona Flintan

Fiona Flintan

Rangelands & Pastoralism Scientist

Anthony Whitbread

Anthony Whitbread

Program Leader, Sustainable Livestock Systems

Kristin Grote Girvetz

Kristin Grote Girvetz

Founder and Director at AgThrive