From all accounts the Global Conference for Agricultural Research Development (GCARD) is set to truly have an impact on global agriculture at all levels in one way or another! The GCARD2 will focus on the ways to implement the tasks identified in the GCARD RoadMap with special attention to “Foresight and partnership for innovation and impact on small-holder livelihoods”. As a young professional in agriculture, being part of this experience is nothing less than spectacular. Similar to its well planned and executed marketing strategy, the organisers of the GCARD2 have emphasized three major thematic areas, which maps out the direction and expected outcome of the conference. They are:

  1. Foresight for impact – matching research priorities to future development needs
  2. Partnerships for impact
  3. Capacity development for impact

However when placing the GCARD2 into context, one wonders of the ground level impact the events of the conference…

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