|Country Profile - Norway|
|Agricultural Research for Development
|Norway supports integrated and highly internationalised efforts in Agricultural Research for Development (ARD) through several ministries, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD).|
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|Key ARD objectives||
Sustainable food production
begins by conserving crop
diversity. Above - Svalbard Global Seed Vault
Credit: © GCDT
|Norway supports international ARD
through several ministries with mandates in research, education and
development cooperation. Prominent among these activities is the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NORAD, the Norwegian Research Council (NFR)
and the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Higher
Education (SIU). Elements of agricultural research are integrated into
many major development efforts, and not all of these are undertaken
explicitly in the name of ARD. Rather, Norway's approach is more often
to include research cooperation and capacity development into
broader-based programmes which bring together development, poverty
reduction and regard for the environment.
Norway seeks involvement in major multilateral structures such as the newly created Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Fund, to which it contributes substantial funding with minimal restrictions. This, together with a number of large multi-year programmes, accounts for a large share of Norway's current ARD involvement. Bilateral projects with African and Asian partner countries are also ongoing, largely through universities both in Norway and partner countries.
|Main ARD budget and beneficiaries for 2010|
|The Norwegian ministries follow a highly integrated approach to development which includes ARD as a component of many programmes without funding it under a specific category. Thus, the ministries do not create budgets for ARD alone and do not keep separate figures for this funding.|
Norway supports projects to
reduce carbon emissions from deforestation and forest
Credit: © CIFOR
Norwegian ministries contribute to bilateral and multilateral ARD,
though usually without funding it under a specific category. The
Ministry of Foreign Affairs works through NORAD and the Ministry of
Education and Research funds the NFR, SIU and Norwegian universities.
Contributions also come from the Ministry of Environment and Ministry of
Agriculture and Food.
Norway is currently involved in several major multilateral efforts in agricultural development with research components. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs contributes to the CGIAR primarily through the newly created CGIAR Fund, a multi-donor trust fund supporting international agricultural research. Outside of the Fund contribution, two individual CGIAR centres, the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) are also working with the Norwegian Forestry Initiative. FAO and GCDT are both engaged in multiyear programmes with Norway involving research and training.
|Main ARD programmes|
|In a white paper produced in 2011, Norway expressed its intention to focus energy on the links between environment and development, promising to enhance its role as a driving force for greener development and as a bridge-builder between different groups of countries in international processes. Promoting sustainable agricultural development through ARD will undoubtedly be central to this broader effort, as will a truly international presence by the country's ministries in future multilateral frameworks.|
EIARD National Contact Point:Daniel van Gilst, Norwegian Agency for
Contact: email email@example.com or phone +47 2224 2030
|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).|