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FANRPAN Participates at the first Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) 2010
Montpellier, France
28 March 2010 - 31 March 2010


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On the 30th of March 2010, FANRPAN CEO & Head of Mission, Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, chaired a Farming First session on Public-Private Partnerships session at the GCARD 2010 conference, “Better Benefiting the Poor through Public-Private Partnerships for Innovation and Action”

The main question addressed was: “To sustainably reach the MDG goals, what is the role of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in agricultural development and research?”

Background:

The Farming First coalition organized one of the 8 parallel sessions held on Day 3 of the first Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) which focused on Public Private Partnerships (PPPs). The objective of the session was to highlight the important contribution of PPPs in agricultural development targeting in particular smallholder farmers, with a component on applied agronomic research. The session showcased a number of case studies. The session was attended by participants from a wide range of organizations (scientific, farming, public, private and civil society organizations) and countries.

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). The Conference replaced the GFAR Triennial Conferences and the Annual General Meetings of the CGIAR. The GCARD conference was informed by a comprehensive, systematic and inclusive global consultation process, which identified key themes and issues from all the stakeholders actively engaged in the whole agricultural system. The public sector, national and international policy makers, agricultural Institutions, agricultural research systems managers, leaders of farmer organizations and cooperatives, Non-Government Organizations, Civil Society Organizations, Universities, Private Sector Enterprises in Agri-business and farming and investors, donors and philanthropic organizations will have a keen interest in understanding the outputs of the conference.

GCARD 2010 programme
  • 28 March 2010 On Day 1, participants will look at what investment, policies and changes are needed to transform global, regional and national systems of agricultural research, innovation and knowledge sharing.
  • 29 March 2010 On Day 2, participants will look at the key challenges in development and where to focus research so it makes the most difference.
  • 30 March 2010 On Day 3, participants will look at the tools and changes necessary to create agricultural research systems that impact more effectively in development. Among others, sessions will discuss how to boost North–South and South-South collaboration and what is required to develop and inspire a new generation of researchers to meet the challenges of a changing world.
  • 31 March 2010 On Day 4, GCARD 2010 wraps up by pulling together solutions and ways forward, setting out better ways for all concerned - farmers, civil society, policy makers, development agencies and researchers - to work together to achieve development goals.
Objectives of GCARD

To help ensure that:
  • Agricultural research outputs are accessible and relevant to the poor in developing countries;
  • Research is aligned with and driven by the development needs of the resource-poor;
  • Knowledge generation through scientific research is embedded in development thinking and practice;
  • Funding systems are better aligned between research and development;
  • Constructive and effective innovation pathways are developed between diverse stakeholders for the more rapid uptake of new knowledge, tools and technologies;
  • International agricultural research systems are more effectively integrated with regional and national partners (public, private and civil) and are responsive and accountable for development impact against national and sub-regional demands.
This 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 will help to refine regional and global agricultural research priorities, as identified by different stakeholder groups and representatives in each region in an inclusive way.

FANRPAN Participates at the first Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) 2010 FANRPAN Participates at the first Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) 2010
FANRPAN Participates at the first Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) 2010 FANRPAN Participates at the first Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) 2010
FANRPAN Participates at the first Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) 2010 FANRPAN Participates at the first Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) 2010

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