Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR)

GFAR is a  multi stakeholder-led initiative that serves as a neutral forum for dialogue and action on strategic issues in agricultural research for development (ARD). It facilitates and promotes cost-effective partnerships and strategic alliances among ARD stakeholders in their efforts to alleviate poverty, increase food security and promote the sustainable use of natural resources.

GFAR is comprised of the following group of stakeholders: the National Agricultural Research Systems from the south (Southern NARS) through their regional fora,  National Agricultural Research Systems from the north (Northern NARS), the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research Centres (CGIAR) and Non-CGIAR International Agricultural Research Centres (IARCs), Farmers' Organizations (FOs), Non Governmental Organizations( NGOs), the Private Sector (PS), Donors and Development Agencies.

To find out more about GFAR, please visit their website here:  


GCARD 2010

Organized by GFAR, the GCARD is more than just a Conference - it's a multi-year process of learning and continuous updating of the global agricultural research for development (AR4D) system. Our aim is to create new ways of working together to enhance the development value of research.
GCARD will strive to develop a new global agricultural research system, driven by tangible development outcomes and bringing together all those involved in agriculture research for development (AR4D).  
In carrying out this major undertaking, GFAR will be reaching out to all stakeholders in AR4D, working through its constituent agencies, networks and partners which include: the six Regional Research Fora (FARA, EFARD, AARINENA, FORAGRO, APAARI, CACAARI), who represent National Agricultural Research Systems and Agricultural Research Institutes, the Alliance of CGIAR centres, the FAO, IFAD, and representatives of farmers, civil society organizations, the private sector and donor agencies.
To stay informed about GCARD updates and register please go to the GCARD website

 Find out more about the first GCARD in Montpellier, France from 28 to 31 March 2010, through the Broad Outline of the four-day GCARD 2010 Program 

We look forward to involving you all in this important process shaping the future of agriculture. If you would like to get involved in your region, please send an e-mail to to learn who to contact.