Strategic objective 1

Objective 1 (cont'd)

Objective 1 recognises the need for better coordination of ARD actors within Europe, particularly between the various stakeholder groups, currently identified as: universities and research institutions, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), farmer organisations, private sector and public donors.

EFARD has recently expanded the membership of the Steering Committee to include more active participation by civil society and the private sector, but more needs to be done if EFARD is to be able to speak authoritatively on behalf of all European ARD stakeholders.

There is a particular need to reach out to Europe's farming community and to extend the geographical reach beyond Western Europe. The profile of Agricultural Research for Development also requires attention within the broader European agricultural research community in the context of globalisation of agricultural research issues and the particular needs and priorities of developing countries.

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