The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) and the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) are joining forces to extend the social media outreach for 43rd session of the CFS (#CFS43). #CFS43 will be held in Rome on 17-21 October 2016. CFS is the foremost inclusive platform for all stakeholders to work together to ensure… More Join the #CFS43 social media bootcamp!
Anil Regmi, a young Nepali national with a B.S. in Electronics and Communication Engineering who recently decided to turn to a career in agriculture, had the distinction in March of being selected as one of six finalists in the Youth Agripreneurs Project (YAP). A pilot project co-organized by GFAR and YPARD, YAP provides seed funding, technical mentoring and business… More Getting my startup into the right gear with YAP 2016
Having been in love with Facebook for 5 years, I am currently courting Whatsapp, which is known as Facebook’s 19 billion dollar baby. Whatsapp has over a billion people using it to stay in touch with their friends and families worldwide. I find it trendy to use it even more for agricultural information sharing. Do… More WhatsApp in Agriculture?
Business relationships must be based on trust, as I was reminded last week in southwestern Nigeria. While developing some training videos on milk with the Fulani people, we discussed trust almost daily. The fact that the Fulani openly addressed this, was in itself some suggestion of the trust they put in me and my wife… More Trust that Works
Despite huge support, drip irrigation hasn’t really taken off in Africa, as I was astonished to learn from Jonas Wanvoeke, who used to work with me at AfricaRice. I had been convinced of the value of drip irrigation. In 2012 we had made a farmer training video on drip irrigation in Burkina Faso, where Jonas… More To Drip or Not to Drip
Early this year, I opened my e-mail inbox and read the announcement about GCARD3 – Third Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development–and immediately I got the feeling that I should just go for it. I applied to participate as a social reporter and soon I found out I had been selected–I was on my way! The Conference… More The Chief is a Leader among Equals
At the occasion of YPARD 10 years, GFAR Foresight Advisor Robin Bourgeois projects the plausible futures of YPARD as a movement as well as young people involvement in agriculture in the next ten years. I am finally back in 2016 after having had the privilege of traveling in four different plausible futures, where I met… More Celebrating the ten years of YPARD: A chronicle of the times to come
The local agriculture sector faces many challenges: limited access to information, poor implementation policies and disjointed land administration agencies. Even so, many stakeholders of all kinds face these problems head on, creating solutions that benefit their environment. Problem solving in the agriculture sector should be encouraged! The practice of using one’s limited resources to move… More Workshop: “Building your Social Currency Workshop” (Trinidad & Tobago)
Piggy banks- we all grew up with them and they were an instrumental piece to inculcate a saving culture. It’s an interesting analogy for pigs to be associated with money given that in many Indian households, pig farming as a profession is looked down upon given the stereotypes that pigs are dirty and filthy. But… More The Pigs, The Rich, The famous
Africa must work hard to increase agriculture production to reduce poverty and promote economic growth, says Dr Chiji Ojukwu, Director of the Agriculture and Agro-Industry Department, at the African Development Bank (AfDB). This was Dr Ojukwu’s message to participants attending the 7th Africa Agriculture Science Week in Kigali Rwanda. Through advocacy efforts and investment, Africa… More More investment could make agriculture the “game-changer”
Sessions at this week’s Africa Agriculture Science Week this week (June 13-17) in Kigali included discussion on the potential of livestock forages to boost farm production and sequester carbon. At night, Rwanda’s capital Kigali is a sparkling carpet of lights. Yet the tightly packed white beams throw light on a more serious circumstance facing the… More No compromise: food security and carbon hoofprints
For almost 14 years, farmer and civil organizations, as well as other stakeholders, have struggled for the rights of peasants and people working in rural areas to be fully recognized by the international community, and their implementation to become an obligation for national governments. A peasant is a man or a woman of the land… More Slowly but surely, international community takes steps towards recognizing peasants’ rights
What potential do Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) hold for improving Agriculture and Nutrition? What are the specific challenges in your own country? A “Global Twitter Chat” around these questions will be held by the #GCARD3 Social Media Team. In the spirit of GCARD3 as a global and multi-stakeholder platform, this team represents several regions… More Have your say in Global Twitter Chat: ICTs for Sustainable Agriculture and Improving Nutrition
The ongoing transformation of agriculture to E-agriculture, which uses data, information and ICTs (Information and Communications Technologies) much more intensely in farming, has undoubtedly brought about new opportunities for farmers. But should we not be cautious that the rights of farmers are not tread upon in this new terrain? Many proponents of e-agriculture claim that… More E-Agriculture: New lawless farming frontier?
Back by popular demand, GFAR is holding another webinar open to GFAR and CGIAR partners as well as other nonprofit organisations and individuals working in agriculture, agricultural research eco-systems and sustainable development. The online webinar will be held on June 22nd at 13:00 CET (and will last about 1.5 hours). The topic will be “Pictures: a… More Webinar Alert! Is a picture worth a thousand words?
FARA and CTA, in collaboration with YPARD and GFAR, are organising a social reporting activity in the framework of the FARA 7th Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW7) from 13 – 16 June 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda. To promote the event, its sessions, key messages and outcomes, about two hundred young social reporters (onsite and… More Social Reporting at the 7th Africa Agriculture Science Week (#AASW7)
Dear Sir/Madam, We are pleased to invite you to participate in the training Integrating gender and nutrition issues in agricultural extension systems… With this letter of invitation, I got an opportunity to participate in the practical training-workshop organized by INGENAES and CAC-FRAS where different stakeholders were involved. After completing it, I had the usual feeling… More Why do we need trainings?
The Association “Zamini Nav” (New Land), which is in Babadjan Gafurov district of Northern Tajikistan, manages 500 hectares of farmland. They sow cotton, cereals and vegetables. But field work in spring is particularly difficult: of the required irrigation water they receive only 20%. “For more than a month we have been suffering from a lack… More The Mirage of the Khodja Baqirgan River
Last Saturday, along with thirteen Veterinary post-graduates, I traveled to Chaudhary Farms of Ms Nikki Pilania Chaudhary, finalist in GFAR’s Youth Agripreneurs Project (YAP). The practical exposure to doctoral students enrolled for two courses in Entrepreneurial Development and Extension Management was my primary motivation for this visit. I had read about Nikki and her project,… More A day out at Nikki’s farm—a Youth Agripreneur in Action
Have you ever imagined how a mobile phone whose coordinates can be located is able to transform a farmer’s life? It is possible, thanks to geographic information systems (GIS) which has enabled the mapping of spatial features on earth. This allows enquiry into the geography of any location and acquisition of information like land use,… More Geo-tech: the future of Agriculture