GCARD 2010 begins soon

Around 1,000 people — donors, researchers, policymakers, farmers, private innovators and two of us from SciDev.Net included — are getting ready to travel to Montpellier, France, this weekend for the first Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD).

The conference, organised by the Global Forum for Agricultural Research (GFAR), the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and the scientific research grouping Agropolis International, is the first of a series of biennial meetings planned over the next 5 years.

It hopes to align agricultural researchers’ priorities with those of small farmers and improve the effectiveness of agricultural research in boosting food security and reducing poverty.

This week SciDev.Net has published several articles that set the scene for GCARD.

In Global summit seeks to transform agricultural research, we report on the feeling of urgency about the need to redirect agricultural research, as well as some of the findings from the GCARD flagship report Transforming Agricultural Research for Development that will be presented to the meeting on Monday.

Monty Jones, World Food Prize winner and incoming GFAR chair, presents both the rationale behind GCARD and what the conference hopes to achieve in Agricultural research needs a global rethink.

And science journalist Yojana Sharma explores the implications of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s announcement late last year that it would join the CGIAR in Are Gates and CGIAR a good mix for Africa?

Naomi Antony and I will be at Montpellier and using this blog to keep you updated on the latest news and views from the conference. Watch this space…

Sian Lewis
Commisioning editor, SciDev.Net

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