Can meetings change the world? Fifty years ago, a series of meetings convened at The Bellagio Center in Lake Como, Italy, set out to solve the world’s growing food crisis, in the belief that scientists working on agricultural innovation and development organizations working on the hunger frontlines, along with governments and foundations, could come together to propose a more sustainable path forward. These discussions ultimately set in motion the creation of what is now the world’s largest agricultural research network, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

CGIAR’s centers of innovation have developed and implemented dozens of groundbreaking innovations, including the International Rice Research Institute’s (IRRI) high-yielding rice variety that sparked the Green Revolution in Asia.

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