From niche to known: findings on farm data sharing from Partners in GFAR reflected in World Bank book

By Valeria Pesce (GFAR), Chris Addison (formerly CTA), Foteini Zampati (GODAN Sometimes—perhaps often—we who work in research for development ask ourselves if and how our findings will get picked up, “taken off the shelf”, to help make a difference on the ground. In GFAR we ask how our partners’ concerns and the findings that emerge from our collaborations can make it into the dialogues and hard-hitting reports of influential organizations. We are thrilled to see this is the case with a newly … More From niche to known: findings on farm data sharing from Partners in GFAR reflected in World Bank book

GFAR (back) in Action

GFAR is revitalizing Collective Actions to strengthen agri-food research and innovations systems, fueled by a new collaboration showcasing GFAR Partners’ unique way of working together.  As an open, collective movement, GFAR enables inclusive dialogue and Collective Actions to transform systems and processes of agri-food research and innovation. GFAR Secretariat and the wider GFAR network of partners are now renewing our work, with the confidence … More GFAR (back) in Action

Food Tank: From Crisis to Possibility; Five Aspirations for our Food System

Transforming food systems is no easy feat. The system and its failings are intricately linked with some of the toughest challenges of our time: climate change, poverty, misaligned and outdated policies. Narrowly targeted interventions will not bring about the kind of change we need. To achieve systems transformation, we need to think at the systems … More Food Tank: From Crisis to Possibility; Five Aspirations for our Food System

How can Bangladesh sustain growth to make Bt eggplant technology sustainable?

In the seven years since Bangladesh approved its first genetically modified crop — insect-resistant eggplant (Bt brinjal) — the number of farmers growing it has increased from just 20 to well over 60,000. This figure includes only farmers who have obtained seeds from formal sources. The actual number of farmers growing Bt eggplant is likely … More How can Bangladesh sustain growth to make Bt eggplant technology sustainable?

5 ways you can use Science Communication to change our food systems for the better

The food security debate is no longer limited to yields and calories. Increasingly, we are realizing that food insecurity isn’t only about poverty, but that hunger sprouts from inequality, environmental destruction and biodiversity loss. Clearly, getting it right on food needs systems thinking, and the call to convene the 2021 Food Systems Summit is a … More 5 ways you can use Science Communication to change our food systems for the better

Bill Gates on climate change, CGIAR and adapting to a warmer world

Climate change is going to force us to consider entirely new needs. CGIAR is the world’s largest agricultural research group: In short, it helps create better plants and better animal genetics. It was at a CGIAR lab in Mexico that Norman Borlaug did his groundbreaking work on wheat, sparking the Green Revolution. Other CGIAR researchers, … More Bill Gates on climate change, CGIAR and adapting to a warmer world

A million young people urge governments to prioritise climate crisis

More than 1 million young people around the world have urged governments to prioritise measures to protect against the ravages of climate breakdown during the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. World leaders are due to meet by video link on Monday to consider how to adapt to the extreme weather, wildfires and floods that have … More A million young people urge governments to prioritise climate crisis

Nutritious, cheap and… convenient? Capitalising on untapped bean markets

Beans are great. They are nutritious, they are cheap and they boost the incomes of smallholder farmers. But, for the vast majority of the estimated 200 million Africans that eat them, I doubt that convenient is a word they would associate with this protein staple. Dried grains, the most available and affordable bean product, take … More Nutritious, cheap and… convenient? Capitalising on untapped bean markets

ILRI: A no-meat diet everywhere will not solve the climate crisis

People in industrialized regions like the United States of America or Europe are generally urged to eat less meat and animal-source foods as part of a healthier and lower-emissions diet. But such recommendations are not universal solutions in low- or middle-income countries, where livestock are critical to incomes and diets, argue scientists in recently published … More ILRI: A no-meat diet everywhere will not solve the climate crisis

2020 feels like dark fiction. Here’s how science can inspire a better future

How can scientists move us beyond the calamities of 2020? The current moment for our species feels a lot like fiction. Not without cause, fiction writers have made the most out of imagining near-future worlds that seem unthinkable or unbearable. However, the real world of 2020 is both less unthinkable and more unbearable than fiction: … More 2020 feels like dark fiction. Here’s how science can inspire a better future

How the EU’s Green Deal survived the coronavirus pandemic

The threat of the pandemic actually helped push through the European Green Deal. As March brought death and chaos to Europe, officials in the Cabinet of European Green Deal chief Frans Timmermans developed a pattern of working: crisis in the morning, recovery in the afternoon. The Green Deal — the political project to make the EU climate … More How the EU’s Green Deal survived the coronavirus pandemic

Investing in Women could change the climate change game

The world urgently needs both climate solutions and gender equality. Neither can exist without the other. Climate change and gender inequality are two of the most significant and long-standing global challenges that we face today. And experts and policymakers in each area recognize that these issues are inextricably linked with one another.  It follows that … More Investing in Women could change the climate change game

6 Signs of Progress Since the Adoption of the Paris Agreement

Since the adoption of the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change in 2015, global momentum to tackle the climate crisis has been building. Progress has been made on almost every front, from bold corporate emissions-reduction targets and investors shifting away from coal to a surge of support for net-zero targets and a rising movement of … More 6 Signs of Progress Since the Adoption of the Paris Agreement

Reflecting on #OneCGIAR: Feedback from the GFAR Constituencies on the survey conducted for upcoming CGIAR 2030 Research and Innovation Strategy

The CGIAR 2030 Strategy is based on the premise that the organisation can deliver more relevantly, consistently and efficiently when brought together under fewer institutional boundaries, supported by clearer, unified, and empowered management and governance. As stated in the CGIAR documentation “One CGIAR … provides the opportunity for a fresh ten-year strategy that can shape … More Reflecting on #OneCGIAR: Feedback from the GFAR Constituencies on the survey conducted for upcoming CGIAR 2030 Research and Innovation Strategy

Worsening land inequality widens gender, climate change gaps

by Rina Chandran Source : Thomson Reuters Foundation News Land inequality is growing worldwide, threatening the livelihoods of 2.5 billion people who directly rely on farming and widening disparities in gender, health and climate-change impacts, researchers warned on Tuesday. The widening gap in ownership and access to land especially hurts small and marginal farmers, women, and … More Worsening land inequality widens gender, climate change gaps

Three pillars for food system change: inclusivity, joint vision and long-term commitment

A new paper identifies three key ingredients multi-actor initiatives need to drive change in the food system. Changing the food system, with its many moving parts and multitude of actors, requires bringing together diverse views in a meaningful and productive way. The Hivos-IIED Sustainable Diets for All (SD4All) programme has championed multi-actor initiatives as a … More Three pillars for food system change: inclusivity, joint vision and long-term commitment

Ending hunger: science must stop neglecting smallholder farmers

Policymakers urgently need ideas on ways to end hunger. But a global review of the literature finds that most researchers have had the wrong priorities. How can research help to end hunger? One way to answer this question is to assess published research on hunger, and determine which interventions can make a difference to the … More Ending hunger: science must stop neglecting smallholder farmers

Farmers are true COVID-19 heroes and we must support the people who produce our food

“If you have any idea about farming then you probably know that crops need to be planted at a certain time of the year. But this March, Zimbabwe went into a national lockdown, and the window for seeding wheat had passed,” says Ruramiso Mashumba, a farmer and CEO of Mnandi Africa, an organization that helps rural … More Farmers are true COVID-19 heroes and we must support the people who produce our food