From “difficult” to “promising”. From “getting there” to “much further forward”. From “encouraging” to “rejuvenating with an exclamation mark!”! When the members of the renewed GFAR Steering Committee were asked to describe their experience on day 1 and then again on day 2 of the recent GFAR Steering Committee meeting, these are some of the … More The Voices of GFAR: Messages from the new Steering Committee
Many may not realise that agribusiness and tourism are two of the top five emerging growth industries to 2030. According to a recent report from Deloitte Access Economics, our sectors are two of the best positioned to take advantage of key features such as Australia’s: large area of arable land; relatively low land use conflicts; … More Agri-tourism: Where two Emerging Growth Sectors Meet
Dozens of social media and online media tools now allow us to reach new and wider audiences, faster than ever before. Does this mean we should throw away our “legacy tools”? We don’t think so. Email-based newsletters (or E-newsletters), periodically emailing updates to a list of subscribers, are still used by many, if not all, … More Upcoming comms webinar: “Email-based newsletters: Not a thing of the past!”
GFAR is pleased to invite you to the webinar: Agents of Change in Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation: The Value of Facilitators Date: 1 March 2017 Time: 14:00 Rome time Duration: 2 hours max As one in a series of GFAR webinars, the Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP), a Partner in GFAR, in collaboration with the … More GFAR Webinar – Agents of Change in Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation: The Value of Facilitators
Behind the scenes over the last year, there’s been a big change taking shape in GFAR. With the Partners in GFAR themselves in the lead, the foundation for a renewed GFAR has been laid—a new governance structure that ensures the voices of local stakeholders, from across all sectors, are included in the dialogue on transforming … More The results are in! Announcing GFAR’s New Steering Committee
Looking for insight, information and interaction on a timely topic that supports agri-food research and innovation? GFAR, the unique multi-stakeholder global forum on agri-food research and innovation organises year-round, high quality, and thought-provoking webinars based on the needs and requests of the partners in GFAR. Webinars are open to all and offer participants the opportunity … More GFAR Webinars: Connecting Communities – Inspiring Innovation
As one of the panelists, I attended a discussion on “Strengthening Social Science and Policy Research” hosted by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)’s South Asia Office and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) at the 24th Annual AERA Conference held at the ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute in Izatnagar (India) on 17 December 2016. … More Social scientists can improve the impact of agricultural research
Recent events around agricultural research and innovation, such as the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD3) held in April 2016 at Johannesburg, South Africa and the 5th Global Forum of Leaders in Agricultural Science and Technology (GLAST-2016) held at Lingshui, Hainan, China in December 2016, have focused on re-aligning research needs and priorities … More The changing paradigm of agricultural research and innovation
What is the right quote to insert here? Is it: Nothing in science has any value to society if it is not communicated, and scientists are beginning to learn their social obligations. Anne Roe, The Making of a Scientist (1953) Or should it be: Do not share your inventions with many, share them only with … More Upcoming webinar: “Building a bridge between scientists and communicators”
GFAR is truly a multi-stakeholder body. GFAR involves everyone from farmers to upstream science, public, private and civil society all working together in dealing with issues of the complex, ‘wicked’ problems of agriculture, food and rural development. These are issues that require multiple actors, who may often hold fundamentally opposed views, to work together in … More GFAR: Catalyzing change through networked actions
Vegetable market trader, Mapenzi Mchuzi, is a single mother of five children. She lives and works in the Dodoma Region of Tanzania. Like any mother, she wants to be able to put nutritious, healthy food on her children’s plates, ensure they get a good education and safeguard their futures by making a steady income. For … More How have innovation platforms helped African farmers grow healthy crops and nutritious vegetables?
Last week, on 5 December, a global celebration took place that aims to connect people with soils and raise awareness about their critical importance in our lives—World Soil Day. During GFAR’s partner spotlight this week, CABI would like to share with you how a unique library of promotional materials has grown out of a soil … More A library of over 400 information products has grown out of a soil project in Africa
Forests and natural parks, and the native biodiversity they support, have been significantly affected by invasive species in SE Asia. Invasive species do not only negatively affect the environment, they also affect human health and the livelihoods of people who directly depend on forest resources for food, income and energy. For example, the Baluran National … More Alien hunters in Indonesia – protecting natural parks and forest ecosystems in SE Asia
Millions of smallholder farmers in developing countries struggle to grow enough food to eat and sell – the CABI-led Plantwise programme is changing their story
Millions of people living in rural communities around the world face problems with invasive species –animals, diseases, insects and plants – that are out of control and have resulted in damage costing more than an estimated US $1.4 trillion globally (Pimentel et al 2001). Yet, while we may have heard about the threats of losing … More Invasive species – telling the story of the hidden threat to livelihoods
I remember one time I was asked to walk 10 kilometers away from home to find a local buyer to sell our marakuja and papaya fruit so that my parents could pay my school fees. This buyer in turn walked 10 kilometers to sell the fruit in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital. There were no mobile phones … More WhatsApp for Agriculture: Digital Farming highlights the need for Digital Agriculture Extension
Since 2013, a working group made up of plant breeders, agricultural scientists and lawyers has been exploring possibilities of applying the open-source principle developed in the field of information technology to crop seed. It aims to show a way to legally protect seed as a common good. This would provide a mechanism based on common … More Agrecol initiative to liberate seeds through open-source licence
Mark Holderness, Executive Secretary of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research, tells Inga Vesper about efforts to bring scientists and farmers closer together.
At the occasion of YPARD 10 years, Marina Cherbonnier, the current communications and knowledge manager, expresses what the added value of YPARD is, as an international network of young professionals in agriculture. I was 25 when I joined YPARD’s global coordination unit as the first web and communications officer. We were two employees then. In … More Youth Network in Agriculture: we connect and rejuvenate the world
Since the United Nations General Assembly declared 2013 as the “International Year of Quinoa”, this fascinating cereal has been gaining attractiveness as a real option to help achieve food security, not to mention hitting the shelves in trendy health-conscious supermarkets the world over. But why all the hype? If you are curious and want to know more … More What is the future of Quinoa?