|Country Profile - Finland|
|Agricultural Research for Development
|Agricultural Research for Development (ARD) fits into the strongly rural development-focussed policy and strategy of Finland's Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA). MFA is the main supporter of research activities at Finnish universities and research centres, funding for four CGIAR centres, and development research co-financed with the Academy of Finland.|
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|Key ARD objectives||
Measuring photosynthesis in an eucalyptus forest in Eastern Kenya
Credit: © Vesa Kaarakka
|Finland is involved in several areas of agricultural research for development, running alongside a major focus on forestry and agroforestry research. Funding from the MFA supports CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) institutes, networks of Finnish universities, and cooperation with developing countries to strengthen their national research efforts with Finnish expertise in research and technology.|
central goal of Finnish development policy is to contribute to the
global effort to eradicate poverty through economically, socially and
ecologically sustainable development in accordance with the UN
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Finland is participating in efforts
to enhance targeting of agricultural research in the most important
sectors for achieving MDGs in the future, while paying special attention
to the needs of poor small producers, especially women.
Additionally, MFA commissions short-term development policy research projects as a central tool for policy planning and implementation, building dialogue between the Ministry and researchers working closely with global issues. This applied research brings together Finnish expertise from many disciplines to promote policy coherence for development and strengthen North-South partnerships.
|Main ARD budget and beneficiaries for 2010|
| As the sole major ARD funder, MFA contributes to bilateral research involving Finnish universities and research centres, and to the core funding of the CGIAR centres for forestry (CIFOR), agroforestry (ICRAF), livestock (ILRI), and food policy (IFPRI) which were chosen for their alignment with Finland’s own research priorities, strengths, and development policy goals.
The Academy of Finland’s yearly research grants are instrumental to Finland's development research capacity and to the status of agricultural and rural development in the broader research agenda. Many of these Academy-funded projects are built on North-South research partnerships.
Finland's universities, the principal ARD actors within the country, have established a number of communication networks, research cooperation programmes, and exchange programmes between researchers in Finland and elsewhere. The main centres of ARD are the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry at the University of Helsinki, and MTT Agrifood Research Finland.
|Main ARD programmes|
|Rural development and food security have long been an area of high priority in Finnish policy, and ARD, as a component of this, will continue to receive strong support. Finland looks to strengthen developing countries' own capacities with Finnish expertise, whether in collaboration with international research institutions or through national systems. In the future, Finland wishes to further strengthen collaboration with these institutions, bringing Finnish universities and researchers into wider cooperative undertakings.|
EIARD National Contact Point: Tuula Pehu, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
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|This country profile has been commissioned by EIARD (the permanent ARD coordination platform between the European Commission, Member States of the European Union, Norway and Switzerland) as part of a series providing an overview of policies and support for agricultural research for development by EIARD member countries. EIARD is not responsible for any omissions and inaccuracies contained within this document and the information is only correct up to the date of publishing (August 2011).|