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GFAR is pleased to present this Business Development Portfolio with the purpose of describing its programme priorities and inviting resource partners to participate, support and improve their investment in research and innovation to contribute achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Why invest in GFAR

Global investment gap in research and innovation for sustainable agri-food systems The Commission on Sustainable Agriculture Intensification (CoSAI) commissioned a range of studies to analyse the current investments in agricultural innovation in the Global South by governments and private business. The findings show the scale of the investment gap is significant compared to what is required to meeting the SDGs and the current efforts are failing to benefit the poorest people.

Impact, outreach and beneficiaries

GFAR is a unique global multi-stakeholder platform operating in the agricultural Research and Innovation (R&I) system and driven by 900+ Members from 13 constituencies. GFAR is the apex global forum of the six regional fora of R&I institutions, including thematic networks. This allow GFAR to have an impact on a huge potential number of direct and indirect beneficiaries and different key thematic areas.  In addition to its inclusive nature rooted in the regions, GFAR is supported and involved by the main international organizations (FAO, IFAD, CGIAR), which provides great visibility to its work and ensures complementary of action with existing programmes, thus exploiting synergies, scaling-up results at local level and avoiding duplications.

Bottom-up approach

The selection of priorities presented is a result of a process involving wide stakeholder’s consultations with local, regional and thematic Members, focusing on the needs of small-scale farmers.

Contribution to SDGs

GFAR contributes to the long-term impact of strengthening agri-food and innovation systems towards achieving SDGs (directly SDG 2 – Zero Hunger and SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals but also SDG 1 – No Poverty, SDG 13 – Climate Action, and SDG 15 – Life on Land).

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