Farmer Consultations on Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D)

TowardsanAfricanGreenRevolutionIn 2008, Future Agricultures Consortium with the Salzburg Global Seminar and theInstitute of Development Studies (IDS) helped to co-convene the initiative “Toward a ‘Green Revolution’ in Africa?” This initiative brought together many key stakeholders to discuss and debate what a uniquely green revolution for Africa might look like.

The issue of ‘farmer voice’ emerged from the conference.

The launch of Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) reform process and the ‘Global Conferences on Agricultural Research for Development’ (GCARD) process provided opportunity to raise the issue of farmer voice and other issues about ‘governing the Green Revolution’ with a wider set of actors, including CAADP and Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA).


  • Engaged with the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) on GCARD consultations for Africa (David Hughes)
  • Organised three National Workshops on Agricultural Research for Development involving almost 100 representatives of farmers’ organisations and others – Ethiopia (Amdissa Teshome), Kenya (John Omiti, Gem Argwings-Kodhek, Lydia Ndirangu) and Malawi (Ephraim Chirwa and Mirriam Muhome-Matita), supported by David Hughes
  • Produced Communiqué for GCARD and three reports of workshop proceedings
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