Professor Sayed Azam-Ali has been elected as the new chair of the Association of International Research and Development Centers for Agriculture (AIRCA) for the 2017 - 2018 term. AIRCA is a nine-member alliance focused on increasing global food security by supporting smallholder agriculture within healthy, sustainable and climate-smart landscapes. The World Vegetable Center is one of the founding members of the organization.
For the first time, the Association of International Research and Development Centres (AIRCA) is an implementing partner of this year's Global Landscapes Forum (GLF). AIRCA will host a discussion forum focusing on the topic Climate Smart Agriculture for healthy landscapes and livelihoods. In this session we will present examples of how AIRCA members have developed different aspects of climate smart agriculture (CSA) and how this has contributed to achieving healthy landscapes and improved livelihoods. The session will start with a keynote address explaining the concept of healthy landscapes and the role of CSA in achieving them. This will be followed by a panel discussion on different approaches to CSA and healthy landscapes as implemented by AIRCA members in different continents. AVRDC - The World Vegetable Center is one of the nine founding members of AIRCA.