Programming

Storytelling

Through partnerships, projects, and content creation, SoAR tells the often untold story of why agricultural research is so critical to our future.

We put faces and names to the farmers and scientists who are central to agriculture. We help our partners, peers, and elected officials understand the importance of agricultural research and the role they play.

We believe that effective storytelling is key to ensuring agriculture’s longevity and success, and will continue to tell compelling stories through multi-channel collateral including podcasts, video, social media, and articles.

SoAR has produced many reports, stories, and projects that showcase the people and projects foundational to agricultural research.

Advocacy

SoAR was initially founded to increase funding for The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), the nation’s leading competitive grants program for agricultural sciences. Since SoAR’s beginnings in 2014, AFRI funding has grown from $325 million to $445 million annually.

SoAR remains committed to federal advocacy. Our experienced team is meeting with officials, lawmakers and staff, advising and educating our political leaders, and serving as a go-to resource.

We host receptions and briefings, lead coalitions, and are leading advocates for agricultural research, continuing to contribute to the success of legislation such as the 5-year Farm Bill and annual appropriations funding for agricultural research.

Consulting

Through SoAR’s network of skilled staff, board, and our Scientific Advisory Committee and their networks, we offer specialized consultation to solve agricultural science’s most pressing issues.

Our work has convened experts, developed strategies to tackle sector-wide research bottlenecks, and helped develop the tools key stakeholders need to advance whole sectors of agricultural sciences. Past projects have included:

  • Developing Global Priorities for Plant Research, our 2018 and 2020 report series outlines a roadmap for global scientists and science funding organizations to accelerate plant breeding for climate adaptation
  • The Payoff to Investing in CGIAR Research, our 2020 report on the return on investment of agricultural research through the CGIAR system. Its key finding–that every dollar invested in CGIAR yields $10 in benefit–has been a key citation by governments and foundations in justifying their support for CGIAR research.
  • International Agriculture R&D Advocacy Campaign is a 2021-2023 initiative by SoAR to support the Agricultural Innovation Mission for Climate, a U.S. and UAE co-chaired initiative to raise $8 billion for agricultural R&D for climate adaptation. SoAR supports a global expert solicitation effort to ensure leading innovative science is elevated and supported through the effort.