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The GCARD is an inclusive, participatory process that provides an opportunity to shape the future direction of international agricultural innovation and research

Source: CFAR

GCARD 2015 is the third of three Global Conferences on Agricultural Research for Development. Organized by the Global Forum on Agriculture Research (GFAR) and the CGIAR, GCARD 201 is part of a continuing, iterative reform process that builds on what has gone before in (and around) the previous two GCARDs.

In 2010 the GCARD1 produced a Roadmap paving the way towards more responsive and relevant agricultural research. GCARD2 (2012) explored the practical implications of partnership and pathways to impact and led to a range of fifteen new commitments to partnership, capacity development and foresight in the CGIAR.

GCARD3 will be a two-year consultation process focusing on stakeholder and partner priorities and based on national and regional stakeholder consultations designed to help shape the strategy and future direction of international agriculture research and innovation. It will include dialogue to foster the development of an integrated investment facility for agricultural innovation, to ensure that national systems can be empowered through direct investment and the required capacities, to provide effective uptake pathways able to make use of the products of agricultural research.

GCARD3 will be an inclusive, participatory process and an opportunity to shape the future. It will encourage conversations for change in setting a new agenda for agricultural research for development and new pathways for uptake. The overall outcome will be the clear – and transparent – identification of international research priorities, and what’s needed to achieve future development goals, in particular for family farmers and poor communities.

Get Informed. Get Inspired. Get Involved

GCARD3 is designed so that there are a multiple number of ways to stay informed on what’s happening during the GCARD process and be engaged in the conversations. A website will keep you up to date on consultations, engagements, on-line forums and be a place where conversations and documents can be easily found. The regular GFAR Update will carry the latest news and link to updates from GFAR stakeholders on the GCARD process.

The consultations for the GCARD3 process  started in late 2014. There was a ‘soft launch’ at FARA@15 (November 2014) with information on the GCARD process and an announcement on the launch of the consultation process for new CGIAR Strategy and Results Framework.

Consultations will continue throughout 2015 and will be both on-line and face-to-face and take place at a global, regional and national level. Some of the key consultations will be hosted by national partners around the shape and direction of the CGIAR Research Programs. Discussions will also be fostered on the development of an integrated investment facility for agricultural innovation, to ensure that national systems can be empowered through direct investment and the required capacities, to provide effective uptake pathways able to make use of the products of international agricultural research.

The results of these consultations provide inputs to a focused GCARD3 event in late 2015 and subsequent further development of the next round of CGIAR Research Program proposals. Results of all consultations will be collected and allow stakeholders to follow, and monitor, the results of all consultations transparently and continuously.

Have your say

As the first part of the GCARD3 consultations, CGIAR and GFAR are inviting stakeholders and partners to share their inputs and feedback on international research priorities, as proposed in the draft Strategy and Results Framework for future work of the CGIAR. The consultation has been launched here and a summary document is available here.

There are many ways by which you can have your say on this plan:

  • a dedicated email address has been set up to receive feedback directly
  • a survey invites your input
  • an online version of the Strategy and Results Framework is available for comments here
  • there will be weekly ‘call-in’ programs set up for conversations and questions (schedule to be announced)