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Ottawa Conference 2012
 
Implementing Public-Private Partnerships in Agriculture 
 
Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are vital for progress in agriculture and the pursuit of sustainable food security. They engage complementary strengths to achieve more than any partner could do alone.

Many organizations advocate the creation of PPPs. However, their potential in addressing agricultural supply challenges and food security remains largely untapped. 
 
The Ottawa conference and its follow-up activities* aim to improve this situation. The conference involved business leaders, government representatives, academic, and other experts. Together, we want to advance a new agenda for promoting and implementing PPPs in agricultural development and the food value chain. 
 
Joint hosts of this invitation-only event were Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Syngenta Foundation. Here is how IDRC reported on the proceedings.  
 
 
*New platform boosts ag PPPs
 
Following the meeting, our Foundation and partners launched AgPartnerXChange. This online platform supports agricultural PPPs that add value for smallholders. "We want it to change the enabling environment in this hugely important area", says Foundation Director Marco Ferroni. 
 
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Selected PPP publications & presentations by the Foundation:
 
Can private-sector R&D reach small farms? (Crawford Fund Conference 2009, paper)
 
Public-Private Partnerships (McGill Global Food Security Conference 2011, video address) 
 
PPPs and sustainable agricultural development (Sustainability 2011, peer review article)
 
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Additional PPP Resources:
 
The Foundation devoted a 2011 workshop to the subject of catalyzing PPPs. Here are a summary report and the presentations
 
The "Presentations" on this website include extensive further PPP material. 
 
In the left-hand column above, you can access a guidance framework on creating and running PPPs, as well as interviews with experts 
 
 
 
Agricultural Research - Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture