Annual Operational Plan

Annual Operational Plan 2020-21

Date released
01 December 2020
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This Annual Operational Plan sets out the structure and programs of ACIAR for the 2020–21 year. It describes how we will continue to build the partnerships, knowledge and capacity required to achieve more productive and sustainable agricultural systems in the Indo-Pacific region. Some of the major influences of our operating environment have been in play for some time—such as rapid social, economic and political change within partner countries and an increasingly variable and changing climate. However, the most significant shaper and disruptor of our 2020–21 operating environment will be the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global health and economic crisis that will disrupt the lives and livelihoods of diverse communities around the world for years to come. The pandemic is amplifying existing vulnerabilities and exposing new risks in food systems at local, national and regional levels. Our work during the coming year will be framed by striving to understand how to mitigate future disruptions to food systems across the Indo-Pacific region and developing new ways of operating to overcome restrictions on international travel and restrictions on travel within partner countries.

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