The GCARD3 Global Event in South Africa in April is shaping up to be a unmissable opportunity for anyone interested in the future of agri-food research and innovation!
The GCARD3 Organizing Committee has just released the program for the GCARD 3 Global Event, based on the theme “No One Left Behind: Agri-food Innovation and Research for a Sustainable World”.
Being held at the Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre in Johannesburg, South Arica, the first day of the GCARD (Tuesday 5th April) will be the GFAR Partner Assembly. The GCARD3 Global Event Opening Ceremony starts on the evening of Tuesday 5th April. Guest speakers will include South Africa’s Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Mr Senzeni Zokwana, who will welcome delegates to South Africa and the GCARD3. The President of the African Development Bank Dr Akinwumi Adesina, has been invited to give the keynote address at the Opening Ceremony. The GCARD3 global consultations kick off on Wednesday 6th April and have been organized around the five main themes, which pick up on many issues raised at national and regional GCARD3 meetings through the year:
- Scaling up: from research to impact
- Showcasing results and demonstrating impact
- Keeping science relevant and future-focused
- Sustaining the business of farming
- Ensuring better rural futures
Delegates will take a break on Thursday 7th April for a special program of events marking the ARC’s 25th anniversary, to be held at the ARC’s Roodeplaat Campus. GCARD3 sessions will resume Friday 8th April, and will conclude with the release of a draft declaration pledging GCARD partners’ commitment to Sustainable Development. Like the GCARD Road Map, the pledge will provide a touchstone for partners across public, private, and civil society sectors in developing their agri-food research and innovations programs and activities to 2030.
Interested in hosting a side event?
The GCARD3 Support Team is now inviting applications to host side events during the GCARD3 Global Event. If you wish to organize a meeting, discussion, consultation or other event that will link to, or support, the theme of this year’s meeting, check out the guidelines and application process here. The deadline for submissions is 20 March 2016.
Photo credits, clockwise: FAO-Ezequiel Becerra; FAO-Alessia Pierdomenico; FAO-Ami Vitale; FAO-Christena Dowsett