The Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development
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.
Objectives of GCARD
To help ensure that:
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.
Your kind attention is drawn to a letter below from Dr Ismail Serageldin, former Vice-President, World Bank and Chairman, CGIAR, Founder & Director Emeritus GFAR concerning endorsement of a joint letter to be addressed to UN, G 20, and National Leaders in different countries concerning "COVID-19 and Agriculture for Food and Nutrition Security ".
It will be highly appreciated if you could kindly go through the draft and convey soon your willingness (provided you agree) to be a signatory (along with designation and affiliation) directly to Mr Sarwat Hussain on his mail id:(firstname.lastname@example.org), as desired by Dr Ismail Serageldin.
With best regards.
Raj Paroda, GFAR Chair 1998-2002