IITA hosts One-Health kick-off webinar under CGIAR’s Two Degree Initiative
As part of CGIAR’s Two Degree Initiative (2DI) for Food and Agriculture, CGIAR-IITACGIAR-IITA hosted a kick-off webinar on the “One-Health platform for climate-driven pests and diseases in West Africa” on 30 June. The One-Health platform is Regional Grand Challenge 1 (RGC1), one of eight grand challenges under the 2DI, which comes from a need to transform the food systems in the world.
Giving an overview of the initiative, Bruce Campbell, Program Director of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), highlighted the need to do things differently because it would be impossible to achieve the United Nations SDG-2 by 2030 using the current development research initiatives, especially against the backdrop of climate change. Increasing incidents of climate-related catastrophes are affecting the farming communities and, by extension, agricultural productivity. CCAFS, led by the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, put together the Two Degree Initiative.