|Participants are adressed by Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, Chief Executive, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) at the Agricultural Research Centre (ARC) campus for the start of plenary|
of South Africa hosted the event. The overall title of GCARD3 was "No One Left Behind: Agri–food Innovation and Research for a Sustainable World".
Some 500 GCARD3 delegates participated in this event from 83 countries.
Mark Holderness, Executive Secretary, GFAR,
noted that the Conference has shaped a package
of tangible actions that “we can proudly take
to the SDGs review process.”
- One outcome of this consultation process is the development of the CGIAR Consortium's Strategic Results Framework.
- The event brought together stakeholders to confirm commitments to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to discuss emerging applications in agri-food research and innovation.
- The event resulted in an understanding of how to achieve sustainable agricultural development in which no one is left behind.
- Scaling up: from research to impact;
- Demonstrating results and attracting investment;
- Keeping science relevant and future-focused;
- Sustaining the business of farming, and
- Ensuring better rural futures
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Under the third theme, which was chaired by Aissétou Yayé, African Network for Agriculture,
Agroforestry and Natural Resources Education (ANAFE), and co-chaired by Wayne Powell and Shoba Sivasankar, CGIAR, the discussions highlighted challenges, perspectives, strategies, solutions and collective actions needed to scale-out individual and institutional capacity development.
The fourth theme, chaired by Jethro Greene, Caribbean Farmers’ Network (CaFAN) and co-chaired by Pamella Thomas, CaFAN, and Naledi Magowe, Brastorne Enterprises, explored how agri-food research and innovation partners across the spectrum of research, education, extension and business
can support each link in the value chain.
Under the fifth theme, which was chaired by Iman El-Kaffass, Independent Consultant, and co-chaired by Courtney Paisley, YPARD, the discussions addressed grassroots and regional perspectives in ensuring better rural futures, with a focus on: milestones, outputs and outcomes; and partnerships and resources needed towards collective action.
On the last day of the Conference, participants adopted the GCARD3 Outcomes Statement, based on key messages and commitments to collective action agreed during the thematic discussions.
|Rémi Kahane (PAEPARD)|
Containing 17 collective actions, the Outcomes Statement provides the basis for further action by all GCARD stakeholders in developing their agri-food research and innovations programs and activities to contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda).
Specific commitments include:
- creating 1,000 additional PhD positions per year in “next-generation, future-relevant agricultural research”;
- promoting higher-education reform across 100 universities in five continents, combining multi-disciplinary training in agriculture-related sciences with skills in leadership, entrepreneurship, interpersonal relations and team building;
- developing “culture of impact”; creating a platform to harmonize agriculture-related indicators linked to the SDGs;
- clustering smallholder farmers to participate more effectively in research and development, and access finance and markets; and establishing foresight platforms to bring together farmers’ organizations in the five regions with research and innovation actors from around the world.
The summary of this meeting is now available in PDF format at and in HTML format
Side event by PAEPARD
8 April 2016. Side event. The African-European multi-stakeholder demand-driven process in agricultural research for development: Case studies from PAEPARD.
- Profile PAEPARD-supervised projects from the Users Led Process (ULP), the competitive research funds (CRF) and the incentive funds (IF) instruments, and the communication and advocacy strategy (C&A),
- Advocate for multi-stakeholder partnership funding by using lessons drawn from PAEPARD,
- Raise the visibility of PAEPARD, the EC and all PAEPARD partners during CGARD3.
- Welcome remarks and Side Event introduction, Yemi Akimbamidjo, FARA
- Originality and overview of the main activities of PAEPARD II ; Jonas Mugabe and Remi Kahane, FARA and and Agrinatura/Cirad
- Panel discussion on the brokerage role for initiating and boosting ARD between Africa and Europe ; Agrinatura, EAFF, FANRPAN, Nasfam
- Key lessons learned and messages for donors ; FARA and Agrinatura
Some comments of the panelists:
The Users' led process (ULP) came to give a direction to PAEPARD after the consultations which were just meetings without much results. Didier Pillot - Agrinatura
PAEPARD has leveraged the leadership of farmers to sit with research as equal partners and to define a common research agenda based on ours needs. Philip Kiriro - EAFF
PAEPARD a permis aux non-chercheurs de s’approprier le processus de RAD et d’engager les differents acteurs dans un dialogue. Elisabeth Atangana - PROPAC
A lot of lessons on capacity needs have come out from PAEPARD. My hope is that those lessons will influence the university curriculum which should be developed from the needs of the users. Moses Osiru - RUFORUM
PAEPARD is the project that is doing what we have trying to move to: demand driven research by promoting the concept of ULP. It is an applied project of demand driven research. Also PAEPARD has demystified research by integrating the knowledge of users. In the past the knowledge was the monopoly of scientists ignoring the indigenous knowledge which PAEPARD has integrated in the ULP. Irene Frempong - FARA
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