Regional fora: A holistic approach for knowledge sharing and sustainability

Regional fora provide a platform for community-led innovations. Photo: CCAFS

In an era of food crisis, around 1 billion people go to bed without food and almost 16,000 children die due to hunger every day. Scientific experts and policy makers have gathered at Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD2) in Punta del Este, Uruguay, to discuss, how to end the food crisis and eradicate hunger.

Working together and learning from each other through stakeholders approach is the way forward. Network of Networks helps in facilitating, catalyzing, coordinating and advocating reforms in agriculture for knowledge sharing – and partnership is the key, says Dr. Raj Paroda, Executive Secretary, APAARI. The Global Forum on Agricultural Research provides such a neutral platform for different stakeholders and regional fora (FARA, APAARI, AARINENA, CACAARI, EPARD, FORAGRO) to understand how we have moved to outscale innovations for impact and foresight on current challenges.

Prof. Monty Jones, Chair GFAR, appreciates the significant contribution of regional fora in developing local knowledge and their access to global knowledge for better capacity building and transforming the livelihood of families. The regional networks work in a bottom up approach in understanding innovative regional processes and mutual roles. The regional fora also provide a vital space for community led innovations.

“Brokers” and “Facilitators” are vital in effective AR4D partnerships to translate economic problems into research questions. Past successes in inter-regional learning are positive indicators for wider regional, inter-regional and global collaboration. This will help in demand driven AR4D, exchange of knowledge, and value addition through local funding and would provide a platform to catalyze policy makers.

Blogpost by Yash, one of the GCARD2 social reporters.

One thought on “Regional fora: A holistic approach for knowledge sharing and sustainability

  1. Recognizing the need for knowledge sharing is key. However, the second step here would be to recognize that knowledge sharing and communications need to be integrated from the onset rather than be viewed as an add-on only towards the end when we’re looking at how our work can help achieve impact.

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