Strategic Partnerships and Collaboration

Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). This strategic alliance of countries, international and regional organizations and private foundations supports 15 international agricultural research centers that mobilize cutting-edge food and environmental science to foster growth, reduce hunger and poverty, and protect the environment.

Program on Fisheries (PROFISH). With about 75 percent of marine fisheries either partially or fully exploited, the livelihoods of about 200 million people are threatened. This partnership will tackle the problem on two fronts: policy and investment. The partnership helps countries build consensus around fishery sector strategies and mainstream those strategies into national economic planning frameworks. The more recent Strategic Partnership for a Sustainable Fisheries Investment Fund in the Large Marine Ecosystems of Sub-Saharan Africa is a grant mechanism to co-finance country-level fisheries projects.

International Assessment of Agricultural Science & Technology for Development (IAASTD).

This assessment, led by the Bank in cooperation with other UN agencies, is looking at both past and potential impacts of agricultural knowledge, science, and technology on development including a global assessment and five regional assessments.

Global Forest Alliance 2015. The Global Forest Alliance (GFA) 2015 is a new initiative to consolidate and galvanize synergies among the existing successful forest partnerships. Endorsed by President Wolfowitz in February 2007, the GFA is currently being developed with bilateral donor, civil society, and private sector partners. The partnership will seize new opportunities presented in relation to avoided deforestation to mitigate climate change and strengthen implementation of the 2002 Forests Strategy through the leveraging of new sources of concessional financing and grants.

Global Donor Platform for Rural Development (GDPRD).

Established in 2003, the GDPRD has over 26 member organizations and focuses on advocacy for agriculture and rural development, creating and sharing knowledge for the development community, and harmonizing donor activities in countries (for which it has pilots in four countries). The GDPRD also collaborates with the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) on agriculture issues for the region.