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Editorial (January 2013)

GCARD2 highlighted innovative partnerships (© Simone McCourtie/World Bank)
GCARD2 highlighted innovative partnerships
© Simone McCourtie/World Bank

At the start of a new year, it is common to look back and reflect on what has been achieved as well as look forward to assess the challenges ahead. In this special edition of New Agriculturist, we share some of the achievements of the second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD2) held in Punte del Este in Uruguay in October 2012 and look at how the Conference outcomes will be taken forward, through the plans and commitments of those involved in each area.

The Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) is a unique and inclusive multi-stakeholder forum, bringing together all those working to strengthen and transform agricultural research for development around the globe. At GCARD2, in partnership with the CGIAR and the Government of Uruguay, GFAR brought together over 650 delegates from more than 100 countries, with a further 1,000 online, representing a wide spectrum of professions, from farming to upstream research. Sessions and presentations were organised around 20 themes of global importance, and offered diverse perspectives on delivering change in these key areas. Parallel sessions worked to strengthen existing development efforts and build new synergies and connections that can produce large-scale and tangible outcomes, owned by all involved.

What are the future directions for agricultural research in contributing to poverty and hunger reduction? (© Neil Palmer (CIAT))
What are the future directions for agricultural research in contributing to poverty and hunger reduction?
© Neil Palmer (CIAT)

Diverse approaches to foresight, the art - and science - of orienting research towards plausible futures in a fast changing world, are featured in Focus on foresight and partnerships. Innovative partnerships, such as empowering farmers in farmer-led research to enable them to advocate for market access, are highlighted. In My perspective, Oxfam's Gine Zwart discusses the importance and meaning of equity in partnership. Points of view gathers opinions from GCARD2 participants on possible future directions for agricultural research in contributing to poverty and hunger reduction, including the value of partnerships and the priorities for capacity strengthening.

Capacity building continues to be a major condition for achieving sustainable impact in the agriculture sector. But what new skills and capabilities are needed, how can knowledge be most effectively shared, and how can young people, particularly young women, be attracted and retained in agricultural careers? A number of answers to these questions are offered in Research and innovation.

Together, these articles show how agricultural research for development systems are changing and how research and development organisations are working together in exciting new ways, toward shared development goals. Over the year ahead, the Global Forum is supporting a further series of articles in New Agriculturist to inspire change, share new ideas and encourage others to join in with these emerging initiatives.

Youth were cited as key partners in addressing the future challenges in agricultural research and development (© Neil Palmer (CIAT))
Youth were cited as key partners in addressing the future challenges in agricultural research and development
© Neil Palmer (CIAT)

Other articles across the edition include News on food waste, attempts to introduce a new root crop to West and Central Africa, and a review of Lester Brown's Full Planet, Empty Plates, which challenges the world's business-as-usual approach to food production. Country profile looks at Madagascar, where coping with climate change, insecurity and lack of governance represents 'business-as-usual' for many farmers.

In the concluding remarks of GCARD2, farmers, women, youth and extension were cited as key partners in addressing the future challenges in agricultural research and development. During 2013, we will continue to focus on key partnerships and global development themes and welcome your collaboration, insight and support in sharing knowledge and experience in these areas.

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Date published: January 2013

 

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