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To facilitate the use of Feed-the-Future Open Agriculture and Nutrition Datasets in agricultural research and development, IFPRI's Gender, Climate Change and Nutrition Integration Initiative (GCAN) organized the first Feed the Future DATATHON to make household-level data more accessible and interoperable with other databases, and in particular spatially explicit, biophysical data layers.
Achieving the goals of Feed-the-Future and the Global Food Security Strategy requires careful consideration of the impact of relevant climate science on agricultural production, while at the same time considering other cross-cutting issues that influence agricultural growth, poverty alleviation and resilience, especially gender and nutrition.
IFPRI hosted a recent meeting of the Gender and Resilience Working Group meeting on June 26, 2017, where two members of the GCAN Team, Elizabeth Bryan and Sophie Theis, presented the GCAN framework. The presentation provided the rationale behind the framework and explained how it compliments other frameworks on resilience, agriculture and nutrition. Members of the working group presented plans for the development of a gender and resilience framework currently being designed by the group. Discussions were held on how the GCAN framework might inform the gender and resilience framework and how both can be applied to strengthen the integration of climate resilience, gender and nutrition into project implementation.
To increase public awareness and the use of Open Agriculture and Nutrition Datasets in agricultural research and development, IFPRI's G-CAN Project Team is working to make household-level data more approachable and interoperable. The team will organize the first Feed the Future DATATHON event in Washington, DC to showcase findings from the harmonized data in Bangladesh and also invite avid data geeks to generate their own analyses, visualizations, and new insights around the suggested research topics of:
On May 8-9, 2017, several members of the GCAN team participated in the “Technical Training on Climate-Smart Agriculture for National Agricultural Investment Plan (NAIP) Design & Appraisal” held in Dakar, Senegal, as part of the NAIP refresh. NAIPs are developed under the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) under the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEAPD) of the African Union. It is crucial that this continent-wide agenda to transform Africa’s agriculture and stimulate growth, which includes a commitment by each country to increase public resources for agriculture to ten percent of government spending in order to achieve a six percent average annual agriculture sector growth, incorporates climate, gender and nutrition aspects. Presentations by GCAN climate expert Alex de Pinto, focused on climate smart agriculture and its role in agricultural development. GCAN experts Carlo Azzarri, Elizabeth Bryan, and Jowel Choufani on weather shocks and the GCAN conceptual framework, respectively.
In December 2016, the USAID Bureau for Food Security, in collaboration with the USAID/Cambodia Mission, convened the Climate-Smart Agriculture Global Learning and Evidence Exchange (CSA-GLEE) meeting in Siem Reap, Cambodia, to deepen collaboration efforts and action on climate-smart agriculture.
Special webinar on how the Feed the Future Gender-Sensitive Climate-Smart Agriculture for Nutrition (GCAN) initiative aims to support USAID on the new Global Food Security Strategy.
The workshop kicked off the Gender-Responsive and Climate-Resilient Agriculture for Nutrition project (GCAN).