Shaping the Future of Agriculture and Food Together

By MARK HOLDERNESS, GFAR Executive Secretary This article on GFAR’s role was originally published on the G20 Portal on the occasion of the 2017 G20 Summit held 4–5 September 2016 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China.   We all know that humanity faces huge challenges in achieving sustainable development and that we must act now. Our agri-food systems, and our very … More Shaping the Future of Agriculture and Food Together

Final GCARD RoadMap

The GCARD RoadMap has been finalized. The contributions and dynamic interaction of thousands of stakeholders from all sectors have created the GCARD Roadmap, providing a clear path forward for all involved. The Roadmap highlights the urgent changes required in AR4D systems globally, to address worldwide goals of reducing hunger and poverty, creating opportunity for income growth … More Final GCARD RoadMap

The deadline for the invitation to express your country’s interest in hosting the GCARD 2012 Conference has been extended until February 28, 2011

Several countries have indicated that they would like more time to prepare their propositions and the CGIAR wishes to further consider its expectations from the GCARD in relation to the reform process. GFAR has therefore agreed to extend the deadline for submission to the end of February 2011.  We look forward to your expressions of … More The deadline for the invitation to express your country’s interest in hosting the GCARD 2012 Conference has been extended until February 28, 2011

Invitation to express your country’s interest in hosting the GCARD 2012 Conference

Message from Mr Mark Holderness, Executive Secretary, GFAR Those of you who were with us in the GCARD 2010 in Montpellier, France, last March will know the excitement and energy generated in that event around transforming agricultural research for development. GFAR, together with the CGIAR, are now initiating preparations for the next Conference in the … More Invitation to express your country’s interest in hosting the GCARD 2012 Conference

Get involved with the CGIAR Mega-program Consultations

Message from Mr Mark Holderness, Executive Secretary, GFAR Following requests at the recent (July 2010) CGIAR Fund Council meeting, the CGIAR Consortium Board has now compiled and made available a list of all the consultations with partners that are being organized by the CGIAR Centers around their development of proposed Mega-program concepts. The purpose of these … More Get involved with the CGIAR Mega-program Consultations

GCARD2010: Rethinking The Way We Look At Agricultural Research

Montpellier, 27 April 2010. Mark Holderness (GFAR) was one of the five keynote speakers in the opening session at the International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists IAALD 2010 Congress. He stresses the need for rethinking the way we look at agricultural research and the role of agricultural information. How can these made accessible, available and … More GCARD2010: Rethinking The Way We Look At Agricultural Research

GCARD2010: World Bank Analysis GCARD

Global Conference Helps Set CGIAR Research Agenda April 9, 2010 The food price crisis of 2008 revealed serious failings in the global food system. The global community responded with renewed commitment to agricultural development, as evidenced by a series of immediate actions as well as an agenda for mid- to long-term initiatives designed to avert … More GCARD2010: World Bank Analysis GCARD

GCARD2010 Media Wrap-Up

From Freetown to Nairobi to Delhi, London, Sydney, and host city Montpellier, GCARD related media coverage reached far and wide on news pages, airwaves, and web pages in every region of the world. Several dozen media outlets covered a wide range of topics underscoring the unique diversity of GCARD participant, their viewpoints, and stories. Nature … More GCARD2010 Media Wrap-Up

GCARD2010 Press release: Historic Dialogue between Agricultural Scientists, Farmers, Policymakers, and Other Key Development Actors Charts New Path

“Montpellier Roadmap” Outlines Priorities of Farm Research for Development Agenda; Focus on Farmers, Women in Decision-making For more information, please contact: Jeff Haskins at +254 729 871 422 (Kenya) or jhaskins@burnesscommunications.com Denise Young at +33 6 7115 4670 (Paris) or dyoung@burnesscommunications.com For Immediate Release MONTPELLIER (31 March 2010) —Failure to prioritize agriculture and rural development … More GCARD2010 Press release: Historic Dialogue between Agricultural Scientists, Farmers, Policymakers, and Other Key Development Actors Charts New Path

GCARD2010: What needs to change for agricultural research and extension systems to be more effective agents of development?

Parallel sessions addressed systematic/strategic reform needs, action plan and framework components generated from the 2009 GCARD consultations. Discussion of key strategic needs across systems included: Better Benefiting the Poor through Private Sector Innovation and Actions Managing Risks to Farmers in a Time of Change Knowledge, information and advice in agri-foods systems Thinking Forward: Better Predicting and Addressing Future Needs … More GCARD2010: What needs to change for agricultural research and extension systems to be more effective agents of development?

GCARD2010: Research themes for the CGIAR: A discussion

Mark Holderness, Executive Secretary of GFAR, opened Day 3 of the conference by calling upon the participants for decisive collection action: “We’ve set the theme over the last two days. I can see you are all fired up to do something; now is your chance.” Dr. Mahmoud Solh, Director General of ICARDA, affirmed the need … More GCARD2010: Research themes for the CGIAR: A discussion

Statement of young researchers at GCARD 2010

This statement represents perspectives of the young researchers at GCARD 2010, a group of 40 young male and female researchers from 26 countries who participated in the Young Researcher’s Seminar organized by the French Initiative for International Research (FI4IAR: a joint venture of INRA and CIRAD) in collaboration with Agropolis Fondation. We represent a range … More Statement of young researchers at GCARD 2010

GCARD2010: GCARD “C’est Pas Du Vent”

Radio France Internationale ran a half-hour programme on March 31 on their environmental daily show called “C’est Pas Du Vent” devoted to GCARD. The programme was recorded in the studios of France Bleu in Montpellier, and featured studio guests Emile Frison of Bioversity and Omar Diouf of CARBAP, as well as two segments pre-recorded from the … More GCARD2010: GCARD “C’est Pas Du Vent”

A Message to GCARD2010 from USAID Administrator, Dr. Rajiv Shah

Montpellier, France March 29, 2010 Thank you and Good Evening to all.  I was recently appointed a Special Advisor to USAID Administrator, Dr. Rajiv Shah and to stand in for him at this meeting. It is an honor for me to be here with you today, and particularly to come before you carrying a message … More A Message to GCARD2010 from USAID Administrator, Dr. Rajiv Shah

GCARD2010: Day 4 starts with a Kofi Annan video address to GCARD

In his video address to GCARD, the former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan highlighted that “our goal must be to support the small resource poor farmers and the people who rely on them”. For this to happen we need to establish parallel funding flows , build dynamic national systems, and we need an agricultural value … More GCARD2010: Day 4 starts with a Kofi Annan video address to GCARD