GCARD2010: CGIAR and Agropolis Foundation Awards

On Monday evening, the CGIAR presented awards to international teams and individuals from the CGIAR Centers for their outstanding contribution to the international agricultural research community. Winners included: Dr. Parminder Virk, Senior Scientist in plant breeding at IRRI, received the Outstanding Scientific Support Team award on behalf of the team. Dr. William Dar, Director General … More GCARD2010: CGIAR and Agropolis Foundation Awards

GCARD2010: Transforming Agriculture Research for Development

A comprehensive report building on knowledge obtained from the regional consultations and including references to some 300 articles was formally presented to GCARD stakeholders today for review. Prepared by a team of experts led by Uma Lele, former Senior Advisor to the World Bank, and including Eugene Terry, Eduardo Trigo and Jules Pretty, the report … More GCARD2010: Transforming Agriculture Research for Development

GCARD2010: Is the African Green Revolution finally within reach?

Not yet, but there is good reason for optimism, said three of Africa’s leading farming and development advocates during a briefing with media at GCARD earlier today. Pointing to new investments and commitments from African governments, donors, and an emergence of the local private agribusiness sector and community-based farmer groups as examples of progress, Dr. … More GCARD2010: Is the African Green Revolution finally within reach?

GCARD2010: Collective action in international agricultural research

The afternoon session on collective action in international agricultural research was conceived as a linkage with the regional discussions from the morning. Dr Colin Chartres of IWMI gave a presentation on the CGIAR perspectives on partnerships, outlining the challenges and opportunities based on concrete examples of the CGIAR’s work with regional partners.   Chartres acknowledged that … More GCARD2010: Collective action in international agricultural research

GCARD2010: Building From Regional Expressions of Demand

In 2009, a global consultation process involving over 2,000 stakeholders from 200 countries around the world was launched to “check the pulse” of the global agricultural research system and map out regional AR4D priorities in order to ensure a more cohesive global research agenda. The outcomes of these consultations were captured in a series of … More GCARD2010: Building From Regional Expressions of Demand

GCARD2010 Day 2: Building a shared vision for change

Dr. Monty Jones, Incoming Chair of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research, and Executive Director of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa set the scene for the day by emphasizing the responsibility of participants to represent the needs of the hundreds of millions of resource poor farmers, livestock keepers, fish producers and forest dwellers … More GCARD2010 Day 2: Building a shared vision for change

Synthesis of GCARD2010 Day 1 by Ismail Serageldin, Director, Library of Alexandria

Thank you, Dr. Adel-El Beltagy. It is an awesome task to be asked to try to synthesize what you’ve heard today. I kept count: we’ve had 33 very distinguished speakers in three very broad-ranging panels, not counting the opening addresses. I will try to pull the pieces together as I see them. It seems that … More Synthesis of GCARD2010 Day 1 by Ismail Serageldin, Director, Library of Alexandria

GCARD2010: Voices from the Corridor

“I think that we still talk too much about researchers, and not enough about farmers, farmer’s knowledge and empowering farmers. I hope we will have interactive sessions where I can intervene and say that we don’t value farmer’s knowledge enough” Indian women farmer “The morning session surpassed my expectations. I liked how trade and equity … More GCARD2010: Voices from the Corridor

GCARD2010: Investing for a Better Future

Translating increased awareness and pledges to agriculture into a meaningful boost in investment may depend on building better linkages to farmers, reaching clearer accountability, and making national program more attractive to funding agencies, according to panelists in an afternoon session on investment in agricultural research. The panel was moderated by Dr. Margaret Catley-Carlson, Chair of … More GCARD2010: Investing for a Better Future

GCARD2010: Partnerships for a better future

Addressing the challenges facing global food security over the next the forty years will require new interdisciplinary, farmer-driven partnerships that harness the private sector’s unique ability to bring new innovations to scale, said a panel of public and private sector representatives.   Several panelists also highlighted the need for a priority focus on solving problems, … More GCARD2010: Partnerships for a better future

GCARD2010 Opens With Serious Tone, Focused On Finding Consensus, Moving Beyond Rhetoric

An influential panel of global leaders from local and international institutions opened the first-ever Global Conference for Agricultural Research for Development this morning, highlighting the need for increased collaboration, knowledge sharing, and innovation in order to meet grand challenges that we all face in feeding the world. “GCARD offers a special opportunity to strengthen international … More GCARD2010 Opens With Serious Tone, Focused On Finding Consensus, Moving Beyond Rhetoric