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IFAP Farmer Leaders Usher in New Era of Agricultural Research
Last modified: 2010-03-26 22:19:11

Anticipation is building for the first ever Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) ‘Reshaping agricultural research for development,' which will take place in Montpellier, France from 28-31 March 2010.

A delegation of 15 IFAP farmer leaders from 14 countries will participate.

IFAP President Ajay Vashee will be one of the global agricultural leaders giving speeches, along with Sir Gordon Conway, FAO Director General Jacques Diouf, IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze and M S Swaminathan, among others.

"GCARD 2010 marks the dawn of a new era in agricultural research, in which the research will be focused on the needs and interests of farmers," said Ajay Vashee, IFAP President. "This convergence of farmers, researchers and the world's agricultural institutions aims to translate commitments into actions, promises into results and to improve farmers' livelihoods throughout the world."

Appropriate agricultural research is critical in helping farmers find solutions to strengthen their position in the marketplace, achieve world food security, develop strong rural economies and adapt to and mitigate climate change.

GCARD 2010 will focus attention on targeted investments in agricultural research that will improve the position of the farmer in the decision making process. It will facilitate the broad dissemination of practical information, knowledge and skills to implement the results of agricultural research, while ensuring the inclusion farmer representatives in decision making and governance related to agricultural research at national, regional and global levels.

For more information or to schedule an interview with IFAP President Ajay Vashee during GCARD, please contact Valério Lucchesi at +33-6-32-14-51-61 or valerio.lucchesi@ifap.org

Read IFAP's Policy 'How to Improve Farmers' Influence on Agricultural Research'

IFAP is the world farmers' organization, representing 600 million family farmers grouped in 112 national organizations in 87 countries. It is a global network in which farmers from industrialized and developing countries exchange concerns and set common priorities. IFAP has been advocating farmers' interests at the international level since 1946 and has General Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. www.ifap.org

Keywords: IFAP, Farmers, Influence, Water, Research, agricultural, GCARD, development
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