Publication date: 18/05/2021

This brief, prepared by Research Partners of the Scientific Group for the UN Food Systems Summit, collates contributions from members of the Association of International Research and Development Centers for Agriculture (AIRCA), a Partner in GFAR.

The Global Forum for Agricultural Research and Innovation (GFAR) is building collective actions to improve poor farmers’ livelihoods, including indigenous and other communities living in marginal areas, by enhancing the market value of forgotten foods and the crops from which they derive, intervening in supply chain bottlenecks and mobilizing small producers as co-innovators. By recognizing the rich local knowledge behind forgotten foods, GFAR members seek sustainable avenues for a community[1]centred, pro-poor transformation of food systems and reorientation of research and innovation governance. For this, GFAR is co-ordinating a Collective Action on Forgotten Foods and a Manifesto for Forgotten Foods which explicitly calls for novel research and innovation systems.