GFAR provides Partners with a collective, evidence-based voice for informing policy and promoting better and more coherent investment, beyond specific institutional interests. Agricultural research and innovation require clear evidence of their development impact in order to bring investment. The role of agri-food systems and rural environments in achieving the SDGs encompasses multiple economic, environmental and social dimensions. The SDGs require re-thinking the metrics for success in agri-food innovation and changing underlying value systems.

Agricultural research and innovation systems are under-resourced around the world and advocating greater investment requires collated evidence of returns. Collective action is also required for better integration of public & private investments, optimizing international impacts from existing capabilities, giving rural communities a direct say in innovation investments and new mechanisms for coherent investment across innovation webs that remove bottlenecks and blockages to impact.

This Key Focus Area includes the following GFAR Collective Actions set out together by Partners in GFAR:


KFA 4-A: Generating New Forms of Investment

Agricultural research and innovation systems are under-resourced around the world. Advocating greater, and better forms, of investment requires collated evidence of returns in development impacts. Collective action is required for better integration of public & private investments, optimizing international impacts from existing capabilities, giving rural communities a direct say in innovation investments and establishing new mechanisms for coherent investment approaches across all the connections and processes required of innovation webs, to overcome the multiple bottlenecks and blockages to impact.

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KFA 4-B: Innovative Approach to New SDG Metrics for Agri-Food Innovation         GFAR provides Partners with a collective, evidence-based voice for informing policy and promoting better and more coherent investment, within and beyond specific institutional interests. The role of agri-food systems and rural environments in achieving the SDGs encompasses multiple economic, environmental and social dimensions. Fulfilling the SDGs thus requires a re-think of the metrics for success in agri-food innovation and changing the underlying value systems, an essential dimension of which is ensuring that poor rural communities themselves become part of these processes and associated policy-setting actions. 

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KFA 4-C: Celebrating Collective Success

GFAR is now required to become both a common hub for partnership and a cross-institutional learning environment for Partners in GFAR. As an open and inclusive partnership, GFAR is uniquely placed to provide the space and mechanism for knowledge sharing to support the development of partnership between very diverse actors and to share learning from experiences, to enable the ready transfer of knowledge to millions of stakeholders around the world.

This Collective Action consists in creating a GFAR directory of Partners’ capabilities and Partners’ stories of Collective Actions and learning derived from these. The expected output is an online database of stories which will be a means for all Partners to monitor how GFAR mobilizes Partners and how Partners' knowledge is being shared, as well as to avoid duplicating efforts or repeating mistakes. 

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