2012 has been a highly productive year. The Global Forum has reinforced its status as the unique multi-stakeholder body addressing agricultural research, extension, education and enterprise and their role in national development (here termed agricultural research-for-development, AR4D). Demands for GFAR's involvement in increasing the relevance and impact of these systems are growing fast and from many quarters. This report describes activities and results achieved through the Forum in 2012, across the priority areas determined in GCARD1. It provides a clear demonstration of how collective action and effective partnership can really make a difference to the relevance and value of agricultural research and innovation in development.