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The Global Donor Platform for Rural Development is a network of 34 bilateral and multilateral donors, international financing institutions, intergovernmental organisations and development agencies. Members share a common vision that agriculture and rural development is central to poverty reduction, and a conviction that sustainable and efficient development requires a coordinated global approach. Following years of relative decline in public investment in the sector, the Platform was created in 2003 to increase and improve the quality of development assistance in agriculture and rural development.
GFAR seeks to integrate research with the societies it aims to serve and puts farmers and the explicit needs of the poor at the very core of agricultural research and innovation systems. The Global Forum does not directly implement research programmes: agreed actions are delivered through the organizations, networks and agencies involved in, and accountable for, the generation and use of agricultural knowledge for development around the world.
YPARD is an international movement by Young Professionals FOR Young Professionals in Agricultural Research for Development. YPARD operates as a network; it is not a formalized institution.
This global on-line and off-line communication and discussion platform is meant to enable YPs all over the world to express their ideas and realize their full potential towards a dynamic ARD.
Access Agriculture is an international NGO that facilitates the production, translation, dissemination and use of agricultural training videos in developing countries. Our website shows which videos are available, in which subjects and in which languages. The videos can be seen on-line, but they can also be downloaded. In addition the audio tracks can be downloaded for use by radio stations.
The Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) promotes efficient and productive agriculture, biodiversity conservation and sustainable community development by creating social and environmental standards. The SAN is a coalition of leading conservation groups that links responsible farmers with conscientious consumers by means of the Rainforest Alliance CertifiedTM seal of approval. Our collective vision is based on the concept of sustainability, recognizing that the well-being of societies and ecosystems is intertwined and dependent on development that is environmentally sound, socially equitable and economically viable. The SAN develops, manages and owns the Sustainable Agriculture Standard.
The Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP) facilitates more effective and streamlined capacity development interventions in innovation systems in tropical agriculture.
TECA is an interactive web-based platform for the sharing and exchange of sustainable technologies and practices in various formats (text, photo, video) for small agricultural producers. TECA users also include professionals from rural extension and advisory services, NGOs, research organizations, universities, producer organizations and the private sector. Downloading of information is free of charge, providing feedback and engaging in discussions only requires registration.
The Family Farming Knowledge Platform gathers digitized quality information on family farming from all over the world; including national laws and regulations, public policies, best practices, relevant data and statistics, research, articles and publications. It provides a single access point for international, regional and national information related to family farming issues; integrating and systematizing existing information to better inform and provide knowledge-based assistance to policy-makers, family farmers’ organizations, development experts, as well as to stakeholders in the field and at the grassroots level.
GCHERA brings together Higher Education Associations from around the world, each of which represent universities teaching agricultural and life sciences. At this time, GCHERA has 14 member associations who collectively represent 950 universities, in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America.
The global higher education community represented by GCHERA plays a leadership role in education, research and outreach to address key global challenges, including food and nutritional security, food safety, and sustainable agricultural development.
Hosted by FAO, the Platform benefits from the active collaboration of its contributors including Governments, United Nations Agencies, Farmers’ Organizations, Research centres and Academia with the common goal of identifying opportunities and gaps to promote a shift towards more equal and balanced development.