Sound science and pragmatic evidence are key to supporting decision-making in the symbiotic fields of agriculture, food systems, nutrition, and climate adaptation
Juno supports evidence synthesis and decision-making in the symbiotic fields of agriculture, food systems and climate adaptation. This first-of-its-kind evidence coalition brings together researchers, policy makers, publishers, computer and data scientists, and evidence advocates from across fields and disciplines. We span academic, intergovernmental bodies, and civil organizations in an effort to break down traditional boundaries between research production and use.
Without an evidence alliance, we will continue to spend billions of dollars supporting research and development, often duplicating work that has already been done, without demonstrating the importance of science underpinning policy.
Governments and funders recognize that sound science and pragmatic evidence are key to supporting a resilient and sustainable food system. There is a great need for evidence-based policy, rather than policy-based evidence, based on the rigor of the scientific method and peer-review.
Decision-makers need timely evidence synthesis reports prepared by experts who integrate multiple information sources, incorporate accumulated experience, and weigh uncertainty to provide evidence-based interventions while avoiding the risk of confirmation bias or cherry-picking.
Evidence must go beyond technical findings and recommendations. For evidence to be effective, it must be part of political processes and guided using governance principles. It also needs to convey complex findings using simple, clear messaging.
It is critical that this process be authentic and inclusive. For pragmatic, innovative solutions to address issues of climate change, nutrition and diet, food insecurity, and social equality, they ideally should evolve from within communities, based on local knowledge and existing practices that work, rather than merely adopted from the outside.
By leveraging advances in technology, global partnerships and proven scientific research methods, Juno will:
Juno was founded to build upon the success of the Ceres2030: Sustainable Solutions to End Hunger project, which produced an evidence-based road map, published in the scientific journal Nature, highlighting 10 high-impact areas where public investment could help end hunger, double the incomes and productivity of small-scale producers, and protect the climate. Learn more.