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Volume 704: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What steps they are taking to ensure international support for the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development. [HL5569]

The reports of the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) present findings and a range of options for different stakeholders (governments, private sector, academics and civil society) to consider. We are assessing these in taking forward the Government's international support to developing countries on agricultural knowledge, science and technology. Through our financial contribution to the IAASTD, we are supporting the publication and dissemination of the IAASTD reports to a wide range of international stakeholders.

We are also already taking action in line with IAASTD's findings. In April, the Department for International Development (DfID) announced that it planned to increase its investment in agricultural research to £400 million over five years. This investment will include research on environmentally sustainable solutions, focus on the needs of farmers, address gender issues, look to build public-private partnerships, look at the impact of markets on poor farmers, and support traditional and modern technologies. All of these are advocated by IAASTD.