WhatsApp for Agriculture: Digital Farming highlights the need for Digital Agriculture Extension

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

Agrecol initiative to liberate seeds through open-source licence

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

Against the grain

Mark Holderness, Executive Secretary of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research, tells Inga Vesper about efforts to bring scientists and farmers closer together.

Youth Network in Agriculture: we connect and rejuvenate the world

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

Measuring progress in the Decade of Action on Nutrition

Right now, as the International Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition is convened at FAO to discuss actions on nutrition to be delivered during the Decade, country governments and stakeholders are being challenged, under Sub-theme 3 of the Symposium, to implement Measures to Strengthen Accountability, Resilience and Equity within Food … More Measuring progress in the Decade of Action on Nutrition

What my childhood in farming taught me about writing and public speaking

A few months ago, I read a book summary of Speaking More Effectively by Dale Carnegie. This summary focused on a quick and easy way for writing or public speaking (read here). The major lesson I learned from the book was that everyone was capable of writing or speaking effectively in public. To do this, … More What my childhood in farming taught me about writing and public speaking

The Effect of Producer Organizations on Farmer Performance

Over the years, the Committee on Sustainable Assessment (COSA) has conducted dozens of experimental and quasi-experiment impact assessments in countries around the world.  COSA employs the most rigorous methodologies available to better understand the social, economic and environmental impacts of agriculture in the belief that credible evidence of what works and what does not will … More The Effect of Producer Organizations on Farmer Performance

Adding more value to agro sector with new ICT tool

Anil Regmi was one of the six finalists of GFAR and YPARD’s Youth Argripreneur Project. As one of the YAPpers, he received an intensive training helping her strengthen the business plan proposal presented with measurable milestones. Anil was also able to better engage in social media campaigning activities to ensure his project gained support. In addition, he has now … More Adding more value to agro sector with new ICT tool

Paris Climate Agreement Enters Into Force: What Does This Mean For Food And Agriculture?

  The Paris Climate Agreement entered into force last week, heralding a major milestone in international action on climate change, and an ambitious target to contain global temperature rise to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, in this century. Over 100 countries, which account for nearly 70% of global emissions, have ratified the Agreement, and … More Paris Climate Agreement Enters Into Force: What Does This Mean For Food And Agriculture?

Is an $80 billion global organic market not good enough?

I often hear from many of my colleagues that organic agriculture is nothing but a fad and an impractical type of agriculture. Yet no one can deny, it is growing worldwide at a much faster rate than ever before. On 1st November 2016, the World Board of International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR) met … More Is an $80 billion global organic market not good enough?

Why Ghana’s agricultural growth has slowed down

In part I of a three-part series, Farmerline look at the many challenges that confront Ghana’s agriculture sector. Ghana is faced with a harsh reality: a decline in agricultural productivity continues to threaten the economic development of the country. Inadequate finances, climate change, poor pricing and marketing incentives, inadequate agricultural extension agents, pest and diseases and … More Why Ghana’s agricultural growth has slowed down

Mobile Phones: Helping field extension officers transform Ghana’s agricultural sector

“One of the largest challenges traditionally experienced by Ghana’s smallholder farmers has been a lack of transparent information especially with the challenges that extension farmers go through,” says Schandorf Adu Bright, Director of Farmer Services at Farmerline, a Partner in GFAR. … More Mobile Phones: Helping field extension officers transform Ghana’s agricultural sector

The Light at the End of the Tunnel (FINALLY)

Josine Macaspac was one of the six finalists of the GFAR and YPARD’s Youth Argripreneur Project, who returned to her home in the Philippines to start building the Mechanical Post-Harvest Pest Removal System (MPReS): a manually-operated, mechanical device that can be used by farmers to easily and effectively remove post-harvest and storage pests in stored rice, corn … More The Light at the End of the Tunnel (FINALLY)

Working together in the rural areas of the Mediterranean

How far has the Foundation of the South-North Mediterranean Dialogue come in generating rich dialogue as vector of peace and tolerance? What about GFAR’s role in catalyzing collective action, including rural communities? A meeting in October 2016 in Rome helped to assess these and other questions. … More Working together in the rural areas of the Mediterranean

Student Leadership and Transformative Changes to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century

Stacy Hammond shares her reflections on her participation in the 4th GCHERA World Dialogue: Global Leadership and Transformative Changes to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century, as GFAR-sponsored representative of youth. … More Student Leadership and Transformative Changes to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century

The CFS43 Social Media Bootcamp: Real Good stuff!

Have you ever felt extremely tired but happy at the same time? Could you relate to the feeling of not realizing that you are tired because you enjoyed the work so much? That’s what we as four members of Young Professionals for Agriculture Development (YPARD) felt at the end of our participation in the Social … More The CFS43 Social Media Bootcamp: Real Good stuff!

Agropreneurship: growing social change

The term ‘agropreneurship’ reminds us that even the smallest-scale farmers are business-people. Sometimes, in the context of the Committee on World Food Security(CFS) it’s easy to forget  that, because we hear a lot about the differences between the private sector and civil society. A wise colleague of mine often says: “well, if you’re not for … More Agropreneurship: growing social change