|Country Profile - Sweden|
|Agricultural Research for Development
|With funding from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and guided by a four-year strategy document on research cooperation, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) is Sweden's primary executing agency for Agricultural Research for Development (ARD).|
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|Key ARD objectives||
SIDA supports research in agriculture and forestry for development
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|The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) is currently operating under a unified Policy and Strategy for Research Cooperation 2010-2014, established in 2010. The implementation of this policy is the major force guiding SIDA's allocation of funds from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Under this strategy SIDA continues to implement a wide programme of support and coordination, contributing to multilateral research at CGIAR institutes, bilateral projects in Africa and elsewhere, and research at universities in Sweden and in partner countries. The largest centre of ARD within Sweden is the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), which works closely with CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) institutes and coordinates Agri4D, the national research network on agricultural and forestry research for development.
|Main ARD budget and beneficiaries for 2010|
|Sweden's Policy and Strategy for Research Cooperation is the basis for SIDA's focus for 2010-2014. SIDA's Unit for Research Cooperation (FORSK) has overall responsibility for the implementation of the Policy and Strategy and reports to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Formas, the Swedish Research Council, promotes and supports basic and need-driven research in the areas of Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning. Formas allocates funds originating from the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry for Rural Affairs.||
WIOMSA promotes sustainable use and conservation of marine resources in the Indian Ocean.
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|Several Swedish universities are involved in ARD, and the largest of these is the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). SLU staff work closely with CGIAR centres and coordinate Agri4D. SLU is now establishing a secretariat for the new programme, Agricultural Sciences for Global Development, the aim of which is to coordinate SLU's contribution to the implementation of the Swedish Government's Policy for Global Development.|
|Main ARD programmes|
|Sweden will continue to prioritise research cooperation at all levels throughout and beyond its outlined strategy for 2010-2014. Swedish researchers and resources will remain strong partners for needs-led research, whether undertaken by large CGIAR projects or individual researchers at developing-world universities.|
EIARD National Contact Point: David Lymer, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Contact: email email@example.com or phone +46 8698 5353
|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).|