EFARD's vision is equitable and sustainable agricultural development, enhanced food security, improved rural livelihoods and poverty alleviation in support of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) through enhanced mobilisation of European professional expertise and financial resources for ARD.

Through its activities, EFARD aims at encouraging rural development through a multi-stakeholder and trans-disciplinary approach to research, that takes into account the interactions between productivity, environmental, economic and social sustainability goals and is primarily focused on helping the rural poor, particularly smallholders, make their farming systems more productive, robust and resilient. The research contributions of all stakeholders need to be fully recognised and integrated in the agricultural research and innovation processes. Capacity strengthening is of crucial importance in these processes.

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