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Harry Palmier

Role in Dryland Systems: 

Chair of Independent Steering Committee

Home organization: 

Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR)

Position in home organization: 

Senior Partnership Adviser


Harry Palmier currently serves as Senior Partnerships Expert at the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) Executive Secretariat under a secondment from the French Institute for Research on Development (IRD). In the GFAR Secretariat, Harry has specific responsibility in regard to global and inter-regional partnership programmes, including those related to research and advisory themes such as climate change, gender and nutrition, and strengthening partnerships between national & regional AR4D systems and the CGIAR CRPs.  A native of Guadeloupe, Harry has a PhD in International Public Law and Development from the University of Paris 1Pantheon/Sorbonne and a background in Economics. He has a long-standing involvement in agricultural research management and multilateral development.

Harry was Head of the External Relations Department at IRD and served as Deputy Director for International Relations in CIRAD Department on Annual Crops before being assigned to the World Bank as an Institutional Development Specialist in the Special Program for African Agricultural Research (SPAAR) and Project Manager in the Department for Environment and Rural Development (SDNVP) from 1995 to 2002. He contributed to the formulation of the World Bank strategy to strengthen sub-regional research organizations (ASARECA, CORAF, SADC/FANR) and revitalizing SSA programs which led to the creation of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA). Harry was involved in the design and implementation of a number of agricultural research and community-based development programs supported by the World Bank in West/Central Africa and North Africa, including Côte d'Ivoire, Cameroon, Mali, Rwanda, Senegal and Tunisia. He has travelled extensively in SSA, and also in South-East Asia and Latin America.

From 2003 to 2007 he took on IRD External Relations with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and multilateral organizations, The World Bank and UNDP. He was a member of the Steering Committee of the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) and involved in the UN Conference to Combat Desertification.
In the CGIAR Secretariat/Fund Office, Harry was the focal point for the last three External Reviews (EPMRs) of ICRISAT, IRRI and Bioversity international. He participated in the Task Force, which formulated the World Bank ARD Action Plan (2010-2012). Before joining the GFAR Secretariat, he participated in the establishment of the new CGIAR Fund administered by the World Bank. Harry helped to formulate the Global Report on Transforming Agricultural Research for Development for the 2010 Global Conference on Agricultural Research (GCARD). He was also actively involved in the CGIAR Reform Process through the Working Group on Partnerships and Governance.

Harry is a member of the French “Ordre du Mérite National” in capacity of “Chevalier” since 1990 and the  “Ordre du Mérite National de la Recherche ” of Cote d’Ivoire since 1986. He has authored and co-authored a number of publications, including the 2011 Report for the Global Conference on Agricultural Research (GCARD), and more recently the Gender Strategy of CGIAR Research Program on Drylands Systems and Food Tank: Voices of GFAR, Providing Better Extension Services for Family Farmers.

His current work interests focus on:

  • Developing and fostering equitable partnerships among all agricultural research and Innovations Systems stakeholders;
  • Advocating for increased investments by the International Community in Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D);
  • Promoting capacity development in Research and Rural advisory services;
  • Promoting Accountability, transformational change and development impacts in AR4D systems increased through greater and more transparent stakeholder involvement.
  • Facilitating strong interactions with the CGIAR Consortium and Fund Council, and collaboration with CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs).