AgriCord was set up early 2002, after a 5-year period of gestation. Members of AgriCord started contacting each other and exchanging experiences in 1997. First meetings took place in Arnhem (Netherlands) and in Oslo (Norway). They were initiated by Agriterra and by NorgesVel, the Norwegian Royal Society for Development. Agri-agencies decided to join forces in a meeting of the Development Co-operation Committee (DCC) of the International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP) in 2002 (OECD, Paris).
In the beginning of 2003, eight agri-agencies finally and formally started AGRICORD: AFDI (France), AGRITERRA (Netherlands), DAC (Denmark), IDACA (Japan), IVA (Belgium), FERT (France), NORGES VEL (Norway) and UPA-DI (Canada). In May 2004, SCC (Sweden) joined AgriCord.
Since 2011, organisations from non-OECD countries, one from the Asian region, AsiaDHRRA (agri-agency for AFA, Asian Farmers’ Association) and one from Senegal, Asprodeb (agri-agency for a large group of Senegalese farmers’ organisations), also joined the alliance.