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International Research cooperation
Agricultural Research for Development is addressed on European level by several initiatives:
EIARD - The European Initiative on Agricultural Research for Development ( http://www.eiard.org/index.html ) is an informal ARD co-ordination platform of policy departments, in EU Member States, Switzerland and Norway. Its effectiveness is ensured through its country representatives and by the endorsement of its role by the European Council and Parliament.
EFARD - The European Forum on Agricultural Research for Development is an informal network of European stakeholders in Agricultural Research for development (http://www.eufor.org/), researchers, NGOs, industry, policy makers. Every 2-3 years a European Forum conference is organised (http://www.efard2005.org/).
ERA-ARD - The ERA-Net on Agricultural Research for Development, EIARD and EFARD are supported by an information system http://www.infosysplus.org/ and a dynamic project database http://www.wisard.org/wisard/home.asp
GFAR - The Global Forum on Agricultural Research is a platform on world level, hosted by FAO and supported by an information system: http://www.egfar.org/home.shtml
CGIAR - The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research is a consortium of 15 international agricultural research centers world wide http://www.cgiar.org/
Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)
The principal aims of this intergovernmental organisation are to raise levels of nutrition and standards of living by improving agricultural productivity and the conditions of rural populations. The FAO's work covers agriculture, forestry, fisheries and rural development.
International Society For Food, Agriculture and Environment
Research cooperation with other OECD countries
Like Europe, both the USA and Japan invest in public agricultural research. Priorities are similar to those in Europe, covering issues such as sustainability, increased production efficiency, safety in the food chain, and sustainable rural livelihoods.
The United States Department of Agriculture
The department's own Agricultural Research Service
Specifically, sustainable agriculture, including education and research programmes
SARE, the Sustainable Agricultural Network
Federal programmes for sustainable agriculture, forestry, conservation and community development "Building better rural places"
US Forest Service, research and development activities
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council - R&D in Japanese Agriculture
Biotechnology research in Japan