Global Forum on Agricultural Research
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The Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) is a stakeholder-led initiative that serves as a neutral forum for discussion and action on critical issues related to agricultural research for development (ARD). GFAR was formally established in 1996 by an agreement among stakeholders of agricultural research, as an initiative for resource-sharing.
The GFAR stakeholders are national agricultural research systems in developing countries (NARS), advanced research institutions (ARIs), regional and sub-regional organisations, universities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), farmers' organisations, the private sector, international agricultural research centres (IARCs) and the donor community.
The key gathering for the stakeholders was the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) Triennial Conferences The first was held in Dresden, Germany, in May 2000, on "Strengthening research partnerships in the globalized world of the turn of century". The second was held in Dakar, Senegal, in 2003 with the theme "Linking Research and Rural Innovation to Sustainable Development". The third was held in New Delhi, India, in 2006 with the theme "Reorienting Agricultural Research" to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)".
After that, the meetings were replaced by the Global Conferences on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) along with the Annual General Meetings of the CGIAR. The first "Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development 2010" was held in Montpellier, France from 28–31 March 2010, on the theme “Action plan on food price volatility and agriculture”. The Second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development was held in Uruguay, 29 October-1 November 2012, on the theme ""Foresight and Partnership for Innovation and Impact on Smallholder Livelihoods". During this conference the Association of International Research and Development Centers for Agriculture (AIRCA) was established on 30 October 2012.
Financial support for this initiative is provided through a multi-donor trust fund maintained in FAO.
GFAR Regional Forums
GFAR operates closely through six independently managed Regional Forums on ARD, namely:
- AARINENA - Association of Agricultural Research Institutions in the Near East and North Africa
- APAARI - Asia Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
- CACAARI - Central Asia and the Caucasus Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
- EFARD - European Forum on Agricultural Research and Development
- FARA - Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa
- FORAGRO - Forum for the Americas on Agricultural Research and Technology Development
- Ministerial Declaration-Action Plan on Food Price Volatility and Agriculture 
- Ramakrishna, Akkinapally (2012-11-27). "Strengthening research–farmer links in developing countries". Nari.org.pg. Retrieved 2014-07-24.
- EGFAR, the website of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research