The event brought together worldwide stakeholders working toward agrifood research and innovation to align research needs with countries’ development priorities

(Washington, D.C., April 14, 2016) FONTAGRO participated in the 3rd Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD3), held by CGIAR, a worldwide research partnership for a future without hunger, and The Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) on April 5 to 8, 2016, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

GCARD addressed the issue of “agrifood innovation and research for a sustainable world” within the framework of a global event attended by more than 500 participants from 83 countries. There were multiple consultations with institutions from national, regional, and global agricultural innovation systems, aimed at realigning research needs with countries’ development priorities, to address Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

In this context, FONTAGRO’s Executive Secretary, Hugo Li Pun, PhD, participated in Theme 2: “Showcasing Results and Demonstrating Impact,” in which he shared the results of innovations cofinanced by FONTAGRO projects. He underscored that FONTAGRO proves to be an example of how countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Spain have joined forces to establish a self-financing and sustainable cooperation mechanism that leverages resources from other donors and partners to achieve common goals.

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The Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) has been created to promote effective, targeted investment and build partnership, capacities and mutual accountabilities at all levels of the agricultural system to meet the needs of resource-poor farmers and their communities. The GCARD process helps refine regional and global agricultural research priorities, as identified by diverse stakeholder groups and representatives in multiple consultation processes at national, regional, and global levels. For more information, please visit:


FONTAGRO is a unique regional cooperation mechanism that promotes family farming innovation, competitiveness, and food security. It was established in 1998 and it includes fifteen member countries that have contributed a capital of some $100 million. FONTAGRO is sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). Its Technical Administrative Secretariat is based at IDB headquarters in Washington, D.C. FONTAGRO has cofinanced 108 projects and initiatives in its member countries for an approximate amount of $88.7 million, including contributions from other sources of funding and executing agencies. Its member countries are Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

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