he Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) is organizing a rolling series of Global Conferences on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARDs) every two years, starting in 2009. The Conferences will be an open and inclusive process for consultation and change to reshape agricultural research and innovation, to improve resources for research and increase its impact on development. The Conferences replace both the GFAR Triennial Conferences (2000, 2003, 2006) and the Annual General Meetings of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).
Each GCARD Conference will be preceded by a series of consultations conducted at regional and global levels to capture the contributions and perspectives of all stakeholders in the agricultural research, education and development systems. This will reshape the global agricultural research for development agenda and centre it on the needs of the poor in developing countries.
In carrying out this major undertaking, GFAR will be reaching out to all stakeholders in AR4D, working through its constituent agencies and networks, which include: the six Regional Research Fora (FARA, EFARD, AARINENA, FORAGRO, APAARI,CACAARI), who represent National Agricultural Research Systems, the Alliance of CGIAR centres, the FAO, IFAD, and representatives of farmers (IFAP), civil society, the private sector and donor agencies.