Seasons Greetings from Mr. Aly Abousabaa, CGIAR CWANA Regional Director and ICARDA Director General

Dec 16 2021

Dear Esteemed Partners, Donors, and Colleagues,

As CGIAR Regional Director for Central and West Asia, and North Africa (CWANA) and ICARDA’s Director General, I am writing to thank you for your support and efforts over 2021 in the face of challenges such as intensifying climate change, the global COVID-19 pandemic, and continuing social challenges across the region. With your help, our work proceeded without interruption to fulfill our obligations to you, the farmers we serve, and stakeholders on the ground.

Despite these considerable obstacles, I am deeply encouraged by global efforts to draw attention to the climate crisis. High-profile events such as COP26 made imperfect but significant steps forward, recognizing the role of climate-smart agriculture while raising vital global awareness of the climate danger we are all in. I look forward to further progress at COP27 hosted in my home country of Egypt.

CGIAR, under which ICARDA operates, also received strong endorsement this year in the form of pledged funding totaling more than one billion USD towards its portfolio of new science global innovation that will be instrumental in addressing CWANA regional challenges now and in the future. ICARDA itself continued to receive recognition and awards throughout the year.

On that note, I am thrilled to see CGIAR’s new science innovations bearing fruit. Built on four decades of proven innovation, our new, cutting edges approaches are the critical ingredient to shake up business-as-usual food systems and address today’s complex and shifting challenges for which yesterday’s methods are no longer adequate.

Source: ICARDA