6th - 8th May 2013
Background: The renewed worldwide interest in agriculture and in issues relating to food crises in different parts of the world has highlighted the need for providing quality information to actors in rural development. Scientific and technical information specialists can help provide this information by sharing and pooling their knowledge and know-how. Much attention has been focused internationally on how digital information and communication technologies (ICT) can improve access to scientific and technical information.
In 2008, many international and regional organizations active in facilitating access to the outputs of agricultural research founded the CIARD (Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development) movement. In June 2011, the partners organized a virtual and a face-to-face consultation on the theme of “Building the CIARD Framework for Data and Information Sharing” from which an agenda for action was developed, and the implementation of that agenda has continued to date. In October 2012, the partners organized a session which featured CIARD at the Second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD2) in Uruguay, under the title of “Access, Sharing and Transformation of Agricultural Data and Information”. The session highlighted the achievements of the CIARD movement, and GCARD stakeholders revisited and proposed adjustments to the priority areas of action determined in 2011. The founding partners are now organizing a Global CIARD Consultation in 2013.
Objectives of the Consultation:
- review progress and achievements to date, and identify lessons learned
- consider the priority areas of action identified in 2011 and 2012
- in relation to the priorities, determine a programme of work for the next 2 years in relation to (a) advocacy/policy, (b) institutional/human capacities, and (c) technical issues
- revisit and reconsider the CIARD “Checklist” and “Pathways”
Participation: Representatives from organizations and individual experts representing a range of stakeholders involved in the open exchange and communication of the outputs of agricultural research and innovation.
Format: The Consultation will be an informal, participatory event, with the potential for side meetings on particular themes.
Venue: CGIAR will host the Global Consultation in 2013 on behalf of the partners at the ILRI main campus in Addis Ababa.