External Event
Virtual discussion

[COP26 Side Event] Taking Action for a Brighter Future

Online seminar

About the event

Research and innovation in food, land and water systems are crucial elements of the efforts needed to achieve global climate goals. This side-event, hosted by CGIAR with ICARDA and the African Development Bank (AfDB), will outline demand-side perspectives on the challenges and opportunities for climate adaption in these interlinked systems, and present innovative solutions at different geopolitical levels. Panelists from a wide range of backgrounds will weigh in on the solutions presented in an engaging “talk show”-format discussion.    

This event aims to spark discussion on ways to enhance ambition for climate action in food, land and water systems, mobilizing leaders from business, tech and innovation, civil society and farming, and highlighting challenges and opportunities. It will highlight the essential role of research, innovation and action in food, land and water systems in helping countries achieve their commitments to the Paris Agreement and other global climate-related goals, including through CGIAR’s new portfolio.

How to watch

Saturday, November 6, 15:00–16:15 GMT

For those who are registered for COP26 (with access to the Blue Zone), the event can be viewed on the COP26 Virtual Platform. The platform offers the opportunity to engage with speakers during the Q&A segment of the event. For those not registered for COP26, the event will be livestreamed to the UNFCCC website where it will be publicly accessible – click below for more information:





Opening remarks Claudia Sadoff
Managing Director, Research Delivery and Impact CGIAR
Beth Dunford
Vice President, Agriculture, Human and Social Development
Climate solutions at different levels:


  • Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT)  
  • “From Fragility to Resilience in Central and West Asia and North Africa”  
  • “Building Systemic Resilience Against Climate Variability and Extremes”  
Martin Fregene 
Director, Agriculture and Agro-Industry


Aly Abousabaa
Regional Director for CWANA, CGIAR and Director General, ICARDA

Ana Maria Loboguerrero
Research Director for Climate Action
Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT  

Panel discussion Moderator: Theresa WongNatural Resources Officer, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)



  • Hon. Min. Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri (TBC)  
  • Ishmael SungaChief Executive Officer, SACAU   
  • Kunal PrasadCOO and Co-founder, CropIn   
Moderated Q&A with the audience    
Summary and closing remarks   Claudia Sadoff