This is the informal information channel by the social reporters at GCARD2. Information on this blog is not vetted as official communications, and mostly reflect the individual opinions of the authors.

Official press releases and updates are published on the EGFAR website.


The First Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD1) washeld in Montpellier, France from 28-31 March 2010. It provided a global action plan and strategy for improving agricultural research in order to make maximum impact on development, especially of the poor. This plan and strategy was developed on the basis of a global framework of agricultural research needs and priorities, established through consultations with representatives from a wide range of agricultural research stakeholders around the world.

GCARD1 was organized by the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) in collaboration with CGIAR, the global partnership uniting organizations engaged in research for a food secure future. The GCARD Conference replaced both the GFAR Triennial Conferences and the Annual General Meetings of the CGIAR.

GCARD2 is held in Punta del Este, Uruguay, 29 October – 1 November 2012.


GCARD aims to develop a new global agricultural research system, driven by tangible development outcomes and bringing together all those involved in agriculture research for development (AR4D).


The objectives of GCARD are to ensure that:

  • Agricultural research outputs are accessible and relevant to the poor in developing countries
  • Research focuses on the right questions and is driven by the development needs of the resource-poor
  • Knowledge generation through scientific research is embedded in development thinking and practice
  • Funding systems are aligned between research and development
  • Effective innovation pathways are developed between diverse stakeholders
  • International agricultural research systems are effectively integrated with regional and national partners (NARS, public, private and civil) and respond to national and sub-regional demands to help ensure development impact.

Read more on the e-GFAR website


About the GCARD2 social reporting team

Our GCARD Social Reporting team consists of almost 100 people: social media enthusiasts, volunteers and trainees from all over the world. Most of us are young professionals, enthused about the crucial role of communications and new media to bring out our core messages on the role of agriculture -and specifically “agriculture for development”- for a sustainable future.

If you want to join this virtual social media team, email to p.casier(at)cgiar.org

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