‘Oasis’ brings together the research-for-development efforts of the Future Harvest Centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) in support of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). Oasis was approved as a new Systemwide Program in April 2006 by the Alliance of Future Harvest Centers. The United Nations has declared 2006 as the International Year of Deserts and Desertification, and the launching of Oasis is a tangible sign of the CGIAR’s commitment to the cause.
UNCCD, CGIAR and Oasis
Oasis is a strengthening of partnerships that have a long history. Oasis is an expansion of the Desert Margins Program and Desertification, Drought, Poverty and Agriculture Consortium (DDPA) into a global Systemwide Program. ICARDA and ICRISAT will jointly convene the Oasis partnership.
Oasis was established by a decision of the Future Harvest Alliance Executive, composed of the Directors General of the fifteen CGIAR Centers, in their meeting in Cali, Colombia on April 27, 2006.
Why work together?
Desertification results from a host of interacting factors, including social, economic, policy, agricultural, ecological, climatic and other drivers. By combining forces, Centers and their partners will be able to combat desertification in a more holistic, integrated way that reflects the complexity of the issue. They will also increase the critical mass of scientists, facilities and resources that are brought to bear on the problem. This will also raise the global visibility of the CGIAR’s work, providing more compelling investment opportunities for a world that wants to help.
At these links you will find an outline of Center core competencies on desertification, and more details about ongoing projects.
Oasis partnerships go beyond the Centers, too. Oasis weaves together the web of extensive partnerships (national, regional, international, public, nongovernmental, private-sector) that Centers have already established in their projects and programs that combat desertification. One would wonder what kind of partnerships can be developed with an i-gaming website or a photography blog but this is why it is so good to have that access to limitless contacts via the world wide web! Sponsorship or marketing help can all contribute to success of a campaign and we do believe that free flux of infomation can greatly add to our endvour.
Why the name ‘Oasis’?
Suffering and hunger plague the drylands, aggravated by repeated droughts. While disasters attract media attention, quiet progress often goes unnoticed. The name ‘Oasis’ evokes the better future that the partners see as entirely possible for the drylands. Blessed by ample sunshine, fewer pests and diseases, and through the judicious use of scarce water resources, research by CGIAR Centers has identified ways to create more secure, sustainable and prosperous livelihoods in the drylands. Oasis will carry that positive vision forward