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PAEPARD side event at GCARD 3

Participants are adressed by Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, Chief Executive, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) at the Agricultural Research Centre (ARC) campus for the start of plenary

5-8 April 2016. Johannesburg, South Africa. PAEPARD organised a side event at the Third Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD3) Global Event.

CGIAR, the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) and the Agricultural Research Council
of South Africa hosted the event. The overall title of GCARD3 was “No One Left Behind: Agri–food Innovation and Research for a Sustainable World”.

This event represents the culmination of a two-year regional and national consultation process, which aims to realign research priorities with countries’ development needs and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • One outcome of this consultation process is the development of the CGIAR Consortium’s Strategic Results Framework. 
  • The event brought together stakeholders to confirm commitments to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to discuss emerging applications in agri-food research and innovation. 
  • The event  resulted in an understanding of how to achieve sustainable agricultural development in which no one is left behind. 

The Program is based on five key themes which pick up on many issues raised at the national and regional GCARD3 meetings through 2015 and 2016:

  1. Scaling up: from research to impact; 
  2. Demonstrating results and attracting investment; 
  3. Keeping science relevant and future-focused;
  4. Sustaining the business of farming, and
  5. Ensuring better rural futures

Discussions under the first theme were chaired by Patrick Caron, French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD) and co-chaired by Judith Francis, Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA). These addressed how to scale up research through improved linkages and learning across the local, national, regional and global levels. Presentations highlighted strategies for achieving scale in research for impact drawing on theories, case studies and tools to facilitate and evaluate impact.

Rémi Kahane (PAEPARD)

The second theme was chaired by Thomas Price, GFAR and co-chaired by Dhanush Dinesh, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), and focused on experiences from different organizations involved in agricultural research and innovation in showcasing their research results and demonstrating impact.

Under the third theme, which was chaired by Aissétou Yayé, African Network for Agriculture,
Agroforestry and Natural Resources Education (ANAFE), and co-chaired by Wayne Powell and Shoba Sivasankar, CGIAR, the discussions highlighted challenges, perspectives, strategies, solutions and collective actions needed to scale-out individual and institutional capacity development.

The fourth theme, chaired by Jethro Greene, Caribbean Farmers’ Network (CaFAN) and co-chaired by Pamella Thomas, CaFAN, and Naledi Magowe, Brastorne Enterprises, explored how agri-food research and innovation partners across the spectrum of research, education, extension and business
can support each link in the value chain.

Under the fifth theme, which was chaired by Iman El-Kaffass, Independent Consultant, and co-chaired by Courtney Paisley, YPARD, the discussions addressed grassroots and regional perspectives in ensuring better rural futures, with a focus on: milestones, outputs and outcomes; and partnerships and resources needed towards collective action.

A major outcome of meeting will be the GCARD3 Pledge to Sustainable Development, in which Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Like the GCARD1 Road Map, it will provide a touchstone for partners across public, private, and civil society sectors in developing their agri-food research and innovations programs and activities to 2030.
GCARD stakeholders will commit to take action to deliver on the

Side event by PAEPARD
8 April 2016. Side event. The African-European multi-stakeholder demand-driven process in agricultural research for development: Case studies from PAEPARD.
Objectives:

  • Profile PAEPARD-supervised projects from the Users Led Process (ULP), the competitive research funds (CRF) and the incentive funds (IF) instruments, and the communication and advocacy strategy (C&A), 
  • Advocate for multi-stakeholder partnership funding by using lessons drawn from PAEPARD, 
  • Raise the visibility of PAEPARD, the EC and all PAEPARD partners during CGARD3.
Programme:
Welcome remarks and Side Event introduction
YemiAkimbamidjo, FARA
Originality and  overview of the main activities of PAEPARD II
Jonas Mugabe & Remi Kahane, FARA&Agrinatura/Cirad
Panel discussion on the brokerage role for initiating and boosting ARD between Africa and Europe
Agrinatura, EAFF, FANRPAN, Nasfam
Key lessons learned and messages for donors
FARA&Agrinatura




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