What is IFAR?|
IFAR is a results-oriented foundation whose focus and
programs were recently reformed. Its current emphasis is on fostering
scientific excellence in agriculture and related fields through
partnerships, collaboration and awards. IFAR is a nonprofit public charity
with its headquarters in the United States of America, where it has the
legal status of a 501(c)3 organization; i.e. it can receive and disburse
funds from both public and private sources to serve the public good.
Why was IFAR reformed?
IFAR was established in 1985 as a support
organization for international agricultural research. It focused its
activities, in particular, on International Agricultural Research Centers
(IARCs) with particular emphasis on Centers supported by the CGIAR
(www.cgiar.org). Subsequently, other organizations undertook several of
IFAR's original objectives. A window of opportunity existed, however, for
IFAR to make an important contribution to agricultural research for
sustainable development by concentrating its efforts on supporting
scientific excellence. IFAR's Board, therefore, decided to sharpen its
focus on this critical priority area, where it could make the greatest
impact. IFAR's new focus is fully in keeping with its established legal
What are the new IFAR objectives?
The new objectives are in three clusters:
(a) recognition and promotion of scientific excellence involving the work
of CGIAR-supported Centers and partners; (b) promotion of science through
professional development; and (c) prudent stewardship of CGIAR reserves,
fulfillment of fiduciary responsibilities. In seeking to fulfill these
objectives, IFAR will give priority to Africa and Southeast Asia. IFAR will
not be involved in public awareness or resource mobilization.
How does IFAR operate?
IFAR's guiding values are service and maximum impact
of resources. The following four principles that draw on these values
govern IFAR's operations:
- (a) To the fullest extent possible, all services required to
fulfill IFAR's objectives will be sought pro bono, from appropriate
institutions and individuals;
- (b) IFAR will pursue policies and practices that hold general and
administrative expenses to a minimum;
- (c) IFAR's Directors will serve on an exclusively pro bono basis;
- (d) General and secretarial support to IFAR is provided by the CGIAR Secretariat staff, on a voluntary basis.
How is IFAR funded?
IFAR has diversified resources, which presently include:
IFAR's funds are invested circumspectly, with
an investment strategy that favors low risk.
- (a) Grants from public and private sector institutions, and individuals,
interested in supporting IFAR's objectives;
- (b) The King
Baudouin Endowment Fund, established with funds received by the CGIAR when
it was awarded the King Baudouin International Development Prize in 1980;
- (c) The existing CGIAR Awards Fund, that supports awards to
recognize outstanding scientific achievements by IARCs and partners, and by
- (d) Interest from the CGIAR
What are IFAR's Programs?
Three programs have been established in 2003, linked to each IFAR objective
described in Question 3, above:
IFAR will also
explore distance learning opportunities building on the capacity of the
- (a) Support to the CGIAR
Science Awards Program;
- (b) Support to promising young
scientists and policy makers from the developing countries, by providing
additional training and professional development opportunities at the
IARCs, consistent with their strengths and interests;
- (c) Prudent stewardship of CGIAR reserves.
How can I benefit from IFAR's support in capacity strengthening?
support to promising young individuals from the developing world is linked
to opportunities offered by CGIAR-supported Centers or programs.
(www.cgiar.org) As a result, IFAR will only consider applications for
support which are made in conjunction with one or more of the IARCs.
Can IFAR directly fund my training needs?
No, individual requests for
training will not be considered. Only where an application is made in
conjunction with an IARC will it be considered by IFAR.
How can I get in touch with IFAR?
Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box 27502
Washington, DC 20038-9998
Our webpage and email are:
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