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


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

GFAR works by Collective Actions

A unique global forum, GFAR provides the open and inclusive space required for fostering dialogue, agreeing priorities and catalyzing collective actions by the many stakeholders involved in agri-food research and innovation.

A GFAR Collective Action is a multi-stakeholder programme of work at local, national, regional or international level, initiated by three or more partners and prioritized by GFAR Partners, always including producers and with a particular focus on women and youth.

Work formulated through consultative processes of GFAR is delivered by our constituent partners. Partners agree to commit and generate resources together, to catalyze actions or advocacy towards shared, demand-driven development aims.These actions are fostered and supported through the GFAR Secretariat.

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The GCARD Road Map and the G20

The GCARD Road Map describes the broad changes needed in agri-food research and innovation systems as articulated by the sector. GFAR's Collective Actions and their outcomes are publicly recognized as contributing to the objectives of GFAR and the GCARD Road Map. Progress is reported and shared with other partners. 

Point 14 of the 2011 G20 Agriculture Ministers statement resoundingly endorses the Road Map and commits the G20 to support GFAR and other AR4D actors:

"We agree to strengthen agricultural research and innovation and support results-based agricultural research for development through our national agricultural research systems, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR). We welcome the “Montpellier road-map” coming from the first Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development of 2010 (GCARD). We also insist on the need to enhance the transfer of the research results and technologies to farmers and to ensure that research activities respond to their needs and concerns and involve farmers in that process. We will promote technology transfers, knowledge sharing and capacity building through North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation. We will foster innovation in plant breeding, including by strengthening internationally agreed legal mechanisms for plant varieties."

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 supported through the GFAR Secretariat, but they are delivered by our constituent organizations, working together.