Town Hall with CGIAR Fund Council Chair

CGIAR Community in Nairobi Hosts Visit by Rachel Kyte

During a town hall at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Rachel Kyte, Chair of the CGIAR Fund Council and World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development, had the opportunity to interact with staff from various CGIAR centers.

While sharing brief remarks, Kyte emphasized the importance of climate-smart agriculture and of taking a landscape rather than piecemeal approach to agricultural research for development. She also highlighted the need to preserve the “public-good ethos” of the CGIAR while reaching out to the private sector, and underscored the “profound commitment” of the World Bank to increasing global food security, manifested in the Bank’s $50 million annual contribution to the CGIAR Fund.

During Ms. Kyte’s visit, her first ever to a CGIAR center, she also toured laboratories on the ICRAF campus, attended presentations by doctoral researchers from the International Potato Center (CIP) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), and met with Tony Simons and Jimmy Smith, directors general of ICRAF and ILRI, respectively.

To read more about Kyte's visit, please visit the ILRI website or watch a video of the town hall.

Photo: ILRI/Susan MacMillan. Researchers discuss their work on disease-resistant sweet potatoes and Africa's native chicken breeds with VP Kyte.

Photo: ICRAF. Kyte and World Bank colleagues visit a seed lab with Tony Simons, Director General of ICRAF, and Jimmy Smith, Director General of ILRI.