‘The man who moved a mountain was the one who began carrying away smallstones.’ Chinese Proverb A year has passed since the start of YAP – a personal and professional development project aimed to assist young agripreneurs in establishing their own sustainable agricultural businesses. It has been a year of continuous coaching, mentoring and other … More Moving mountains, one jar of honey at a time
This year’s World Wildlife Day celebrates the theme ‘Listen to the Young Voices’. Its message is to mobilize the positive energy of the planet’s youth to call attention to the threats to wildlife. These include over-exploitation poaching or illicit trafficking. Engaging ‘Youth as agents of change’ to improve the world for our wildlife is a … More Youth as a Catalyst for Delivering on the SDGs – A connection we can’t afford to ignore
The more I read on youth mentoring, especially YPARD’s mentoring programmes, the more I got inspired and tempted to mentor young people. My visit to Nikki Chaudhary’s dairy farm in 2016, to witness first-hand her start-up in action, as a finalist of GFAR’s Youth Agripreneurs Project (YAP), was a pivotal moment in understanding the value of these mentoring … More Mentoring rural youth to make agriculture attractive
Hiwot Tirfneh regrets that she wasted water. She lives and farms in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia, where drought is frequent and water is precious. She has never deliberately wasted water, but she only recently learned to harvest rain water to irrigate her crops. This knowledge—gained from a farmer program broadcast by Dimtsi Weyane Tigray—helped … More Radio for resilience in Ethiopia
GFAR partner LI-BIRD demonstrates the force of collective action in enhancing the resilience of rural communities Rampur, Dang, Nepal. A typical farming community in western Nepal, close to the fertile Terai plains. Yet like rural communities everywhere, the inhabitants of Rampur are facing challenges to their livelihood. Agriculture is largely subsistence-based and very volatile; alterations … More A South Asian Success story
This week marks the launch of the new CGIAR research portfolio. Izabella Koziell, Program Director, lays out the ambitions of the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE). We face a familiar challenge Global food demand is growing and is projected to, by 2050, increase by at least 60% above 2006 levels. In … More Why is sustainability not yet second nature?
A new multimillion-dollar initiative plans to disrupt food production across the developing world, with the aim of making it more productive, efficient and resilient – all through the power of information. The CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture is jointly led by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Food Policy … More The disruption starts now: new big data program promises to shake up agriculture
CGIAR has launched its new research portfolio, comprised of 11 Research Programs and 3 Platforms, that represents the second generation of CGIAR’s multidimensional work streams. The CGIAR Portfolio 2017-2022 aims to reducing rural poverty, improve food and nutrition security and improve natural resources and ecosystem services. It maintains momentum in selected areas while placing renewed … More CGIAR Portfolio 2017-2022 – Transforming global agriculture and food systems
The International Conference for Youth in Agriculture (ICYA) held from 27 to 30 April in Leuven Belgium was created in order to give space to young, bright and internationally active people to interact, discuss, learn and project their ideas into practical solutions that could inspire students all over the world to take action and adopt … More Sparking the Creativity of Youth at #ICYA
Changing the world with a single project. Wouaah. That’s big. I have seen a group of American students aiming to solve health problems in rural Belize. They came to a public school for three days. They taught yoga to kids who had never had any sport class at all. They planted vegetables that school’s cooks … More A peacock in a barnyard !
“Every step counts. Every talent finds a place.” – M. Hartl (IFAD) on her training session at ICYA 2017 After finishing a bachelor degree in international economics, I turned down a promising job offer and decided to take a year off. When I told my parents I would go to Germany to study agriculture, they … More Of mothers, wives, and farmers
GFAR is pleased to invite you to the webinar: Farmers’ Rights: Achieving Complementarity Between the Informal and Formal Seed Systems Date: 30 May 2017 Time: 15:00 Rome time (GMT+2) Duration: 2 hours max Registration open As one of the series of GFAR webinars, GFAR Secretariat is bringing together several presenters to engage the agri-food research … More GFAR Webinar- Farmers’ Rights: Achieving Complementarity Between the Informal and Formal Seed Systems
Ajit Maru, GFAR’s Senior Officer, reports on his participation in an interesting workshop in India where GFAR’s and APAARI’s primary objective of transforming agricultural research and innovation systems was illustrated in practice by SDAU, a GFAR and APAARI partner! How to double real incomes of smallholder family farmers and marginal farmers who have less than … More Doubling Farmer Incomes in Five Years
‘My name is Sandhya, I am studying Sustainable Management of Natural Resources in Suriname. I am currently doing an one year exchange program at Ughent to study agriculture courses of my choice. These fundamental courses are not available in Suriname.’ As I introduced myself at the social media bootcamp preceding the #ICYA2017 conference, I felt … More How to avoid youth getting involved in agriculture?
Once upon a time, I was the youngest at any work-related event. Now, it seems, most of the time, I am always the oldest in the room. 🙂 I spent last week with a hundred people less than half my age. And they inspired me. I just came back from ICYA2017, the International Conference for … More I feel inspired!
Youth really are the future of agriculture. GFAR is committed to youth through many projects we do. One of them is YAP, our Youth Agripreneurs Project, where we encouraged young agricultural entrepreneurs to submit their projects (early last year). Through “YAP”, our purpose was not only to find some genuine innovative projects we could sponsor, … More Josine’s journey, as a young agri-preneur
The second day of ICYA 2017 turned its priority to agriculture in modern cities. Standing out from solutions for education and waste reduction, urban farming attracted the most attention from the audience. The topic was not new. But neither was it conventional. In the last several decades, cities have taken up a vast amount of … More The Garden of Thought: A multinational debate on urban farming
A webinar on capacity development, organized on 1 March 2017 by GFAR and the Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP) in collaboration with the Platform for African European Partnership on Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD), discussed the role of facilitators as agents of change for agricultural innovation. During the webinar, entitled “Agents of Change in Capacity Development … More Webinar Wrap-up: Agents of change – the role of innovation facilitators
“Participatory Video” is a form of participatory media-generation in which a group or a community creates their own video. The idea behind this is that having a video made by the actual stakeholders in a process or situation, makes the video more accessible, and would be better adapted to the target audience. The process of … More Join GFAR’s next webinar on “Participatory Video”
Have you ever wondered how you could reach a wider audience with news of how your organization is a part of the GFAR mission to transform agri-food research and innovation? Have you wished you could highlight your work with partners as a concentrated online burst, not just the occasional cross post on a website or blog? … More A week in the life – share and celebrate your work as a Partner in GFAR