Representatives from the agricultural research sector in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) are to meet at CIAT on 19 and 20 October to participate in the Regional Consultation on Agricultural Research for Development for LAC. This consultation will form the basis of what is presented at the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) to be held in March 2010 in Montpellier, France.
The event will be convened by the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) and the Forum for the Americas on Agricultural Research and Technology Development (Foragro), as part of the GCARD 2010 process. The Cooperative Program for Technological Development in Agrifood and Agroindustry in the Southern Cone (Procisur) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), in particular its Uruguay office, are also co-organizers of this event.
More than 60 participants from LAC’s public and private sectors have confirmed their attendance to this historic event for the Center, which will be facilitated by CIAT’s Simone Staiger. The agenda includes two conferences offered by Jacky Ganry of GFAR, who will address the trends and transformations of agricultural research and innovation worldwide. Also, CIAT’s Director General Ruben Echeverría will speak about the “megaprogram” proposal for CGIAR centers.
“This is an excellent opportunity to continue with the process of repositioning CIAT in the region, while strengthening the relationships with key partners and actors”, explained Dr. Echeverría. “It is also an excellent opportunity for CIAT to actively participate in the joint construction of LAC’s contribution to regional agricultural research-for-development”, he added.
Participants will include directors of national and international agricultural research institutes, representatives of universities and the governmental sector, and representatives of farmers associations, NGOs and private sector.