What is GCARD

The first Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD1) 2010 was held in Montpellier, France from 28-31 March 2010. GCARD was organized by GFAR in collaboration with the Consortium and Independent Science and Partnership Council of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and Agropolis International. The Conference replaced the GFAR Triennial Conferences and the Annual General Meetings of the CGIAR.

The second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD2) took place from 29 October to 1 November 2012 in Punta del Este, Uruguay. GCARD2, organized by GFAR in partnership with the CGIAR the Government of Uruguay, set out to move the process forward from WHAT transformation of agricultural research for development (AR4D) is required, to HOW to implement the GCARD RoadMap in practice and the difference it makes. This message of Change was strong and persistent throughout the Conference and explicitly focused on better meeting the needs of smallholder farmers. Read more...

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Objectives of GCARD

To help ensure that:

  • Agricultural research outputs are accessible and relevant to the poor in developing countries;
  • Research is aligned with and driven by the development needs of the resource-poor;
  • Knowledge generation through scientific research is embedded in development thinking and practice;
  • Funding systems are better aligned between research and development;
  • Constructive and effective innovation pathways are developed between diverse stakeholders for the more rapid uptake of new knowledge, tools and technologies;
  • International agricultural research systems are more effectively integrated with regional and national partners (public, private and civil) and are responsive and accountable for development impact against national and sub-regional demands.

This GCARD process aims to promote effective and targeted investment at all levels of the agricultural system, to ensure that today’s agricultural research will meet the needs of the resource-poor end user. The GCARD process helps to refine regional and global agricultural research priorities, as identified by different stakeholder groups and representatives in each region in an inclusive way.