The Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) is the world’s agricultural research for development community working together to transform and strengthen agri-food research and innovation systems

Agricultural research for development can help bring about a better future: a world without poverty, hunger or malnutrition, and where natural resources are used sustainably. But to get research and innovation out of the laboratory and into the hands of farmers in the developing world, national agricultural systems need to be much more efficient and effective. GFAR was established in 1996 to mobilize the global scientific community, and all those with a stake in agriculture and rural development, to work together to transform agri-food research and innovation systems through dialogue, and by building partnerships for action on critical issues. Today, GFAR provides a global platform for research and innovation, encompassing all sectors, and bringing together public, private and producer partnerships that consider entire food value chains and their many stakeholders.


The Global Forum makes agri-food research and innovation systems more effective, responsive and equitable, towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals


Partners in the Global Forum, at national, regional and international levels, advocate for, and catalyse Collective Actions that strengthen and transform agri-food research and innovation systems

GFAR aims to:

  1. Create the space for agencies and organisations to come together to share information, define research priorities and to co-ordinate work programmes.
  2. Build effective and equitable partnerships within the sector, locally, nationally, regionally and globally, to turn ideas into results and innovation into impact.
  3. Advocate for greater investment in human, institutional and financial capacities so countries can lead and participate in their own agricultural development.
  4. Catalyze action, mobilizing resources to support practical actions that are delivered by our constituent organisations to the priorities set out in the sector’s GCARD Road Map for agricultural system change.
  5. Speak for the world’s agricultural innovation community, bringing stakeholders’ perspectives to global discussion and multilateral processes.
  6. Seek and share knowledge and technologies, ensuring that they are relevant, available and accessible to all stakeholders – especially to farmers who are themselves innovators, and whose knowledge and experience must also be counted.
  7. Focus on the future, by building the capacity of countries to think ahead and plan their own agricultural futures.
  8. Be accountable for our actions. Effective transformation needs clear reporting and accountability, using measures that are relevant to our farmer stakeholders, and approaches in which they can participate. 

The GFAR Constituency

GFAR is a unique global platform for agricultural research and innovation. We represent organisations working across the world in scientific research, education, rural extension and advisory services; business and enterprise; international development agencies; and farmers’ and civil society organisations.

We bring to our task diverse capabilities, capacities, and perspectives, but with one goal in mind: agricultural research and innovation that changes lives for the better.

We focus on critical issues such as food security, nutrition, climate change, women and youth in agriculture and agri-biodiversity. We develop our programmes through consultation, co-ordinating them through the GCARD Road Map. Programmes are fostered, and sometimes co-financed, through the Global Forum’s Secretariat, but they are delivered by our constituent organizations, working together.