GCARD2 was a truly global event: with 658 participants in Uruguay from 101 countries, including Ministers from the region and with over 1,000 people joining on-line, all working to promote the agricultural research for development changes. All came together as representatives of a wide range of organizations involved, across the spectrum from farmers to upstream research.

The purpose of the Conference is to move from WHY transformation of AR4D, to HOW to implement the GCARD RoadMap in practice and WHAT difference does it make. The objective of the GCARD II is to take stock of progress and lessons from experiences in developing and strengthening collaborative actions to transform innovation processes towards achieving large scale development impacts, in particular on the livelihoods of resource poor smallholder farmers.

Key elements

  • Consideration of how our forward thinking and awareness on future agricultural challenges and the needs of smallholder farmers can better shape agricultural innovation
  • Partnership mechanisms identified along the complex pathways between research and development outcomes and practical requirements identified for large-scale impacts
  • Capacity and investment needs determined along pathways between the generation, access and use of agricultural knowledge in development
  • Specific needs of women producers made central to agricultural research and rural development processes
  • Reporting on actions and achievements in delivery of the GCARD 2010 Roadmap at all levels
Expected outcomes
  • Collective actions agreed through a Global Foresight Hub, bringing together many diverse analyses and reviews of future needs to better inform policies and priorities
  • Consensus on the CGIAR SRF Action Plan
  • Likelihood of successful impacts for smallholders enhanced through agreement on common purposes and mutual commitments to objectives of the CGIAR research programmes (CRPs) and other global partnership programmes
  • Major new initiatives launched to address capacity needs around the world, increase investment, create more attractive careers and address key barriers to impact from agricultural research and innovation
  • Collective actions committed to reshape AR4D systems to better reflect women’s perspectives and enable their direct access to innovation products and services
  • Demonstrating and renewing commitments to the transformation and strengthening of AR4D systems at national, regional and international levels