Our eight intervention questions

Ceres2030 brings together development and environmental economists, geographers, crop breeders from NGOs, research organizations and academia to explore the evidence around eight priority questions. Through the use of sophisticated tools and computing power, we are equipping researchers to make sense of hundreds of thousands of published papers, to synthesize this knowledge, identify gaps, and ensure decision-makers are working with the best possible analysis and information when they make decisions on investments in agriculture to end hunger (see the section Evidence synthesis for a detailed explanation of this process).

Our research teams are examining critical dimensions of food security. They are looking at the effectiveness of interventions to support farmers who live in drought or water-scare conditions. They are looking at the critical role of nutrition in livestock, a vital resource for a billion people. They are asking, “what does it really takes to store and sell crops to growing urban populations, and what are the factors that are shaping the entire food economy?” They are studying which policies and incentives work to encourage farmers to adopt sustainable farming practices, how organizations use a variety of approaches to support and seek out knowledge, and whether training programs that can offer employment opportunities for youth.

And they—76 researchers and information specialists from 23 countries—are doing all this vital work on a voluntary basis. The answers to these questions will be published, subject to peer review, in Nature Research Journals in 2020, and will be used to inform the cost model for SDG2.