Can organised civil society shape international agricultural research? – Reflections on GCARD3

he Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) on 6–8 April in Johannesburg was one of a series of events that started in 2000, when Germany hosted the first conference of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) in Dresden. The GFAR meetings were held triennially and then combined with meetings of the international agricultural research centres to form GCARD. This third GCARD was hosted by the South African Government and the Agricultural Research Council of South Africa. Under the banner “No One Left Behind: Agri-food Innovation and Research for a Sustainable World”, it convened over 400 people from almost 80 countries, coming from international and national research, universities, farmer organisations, NGOs, consumer organisations, donors, private sector and the media.
The main aim was to discuss how to better align agricultural research with national development processes and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Compared with the event in Dresden in 2000, agricultural research is now seen in a wider perspective of innovation systems related to agriculture, food and nutrition, to which research should contribute. The development donors, who fund international agricultural research as well as much of national research in the South, are demanding research that has a positive impact on development. 
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