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Partnerships promote impact at scale

Research in agricultural development is highly-context specific, and partnerships at local, national, regional and international levels are essential for any organization to achieve impact at scale.
 
Effective partnership is central to the WorldFish-led CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agriculture Systems (AAS).  The program recognizes that many organizations are working to improve the lives of people living in aquatic agricultural systems, and together they spend hundreds of millions of dollars there each year. For the AAS Program to add value in this complex institutional environmental, we therefore focus on where and how the program’s science insights can support the work of our partners, and where the convening and catalytic roles we play can foster coalitions that, collectively, have a greater ability to deliver more effective development actions.
 
The Second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD 2012) kicked off yesterday 29 October in Punta del Este, Uruguay, and will run until 1 November. The conference is the premier opportunity to share experiences, build effective partnerships and plan work together to meet future needs. The conference will bring together potential partners and stakeholders from around the world to discuss what sorts of partnerships are needed along the complex pathways between research and development to improve the lives of millions.
 
GCARD 2012 speaks to the AAS program focus on where and how science insights can support the work of our partners, and where the convening and catalytic roles we play can foster coalitions that together have a greater ability to deliver more effective development actions.
 
The AAS Program has integrated this partnership approach into all aspects of the program’s design, implementation and governance arrangements. A diverse range of national, regional and international partners participated in the program’s design and national partners have identified priority issues and focal countries.
 
Achieving impact at scale will require careful investment in a range of research, partnerships, and knowledge-sharing and learning activities designed to facilitate the processes required to translate outputs into outcomes and outcomes into impacts. This is true not only for the AAS program, but the thousands of research in development efforts around the world.
 
GCARD 2012 will provide the opportunity to move forward by building cooperation around key forward-thinking research agendas.