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GFAR: Catalyzing change through networked actions

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… Continue reading GFAR: Catalyzing change through networked actions

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How have innovation platforms helped African farmers grow healthy crops and nutritious vegetables?

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… Continue reading How have innovation platforms helped African farmers grow healthy crops and nutritious vegetables?

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A library of over 400 information products has grown out of a soil project in Africa

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… Continue reading A library of over 400 information products has grown out of a soil project in Africa

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Alien hunters in Indonesia – protecting natural parks and forest ecosystems in SE Asia

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… Continue reading Alien hunters in Indonesia – protecting natural parks and forest ecosystems in SE Asia

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Changing the story of plant health

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 Valli Kupuswamy is a rice farmer living in Embalam village in southern India. One year, her crops started to die. “During the Thane cyclone, when I planted my crop, some… Continue reading Changing the story of plant health

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Invasive species – telling the story of the hidden threat to livelihoods

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… Continue reading Invasive species – telling the story of the hidden threat to livelihoods

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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… Continue reading WhatsApp for Agriculture: Digital Farming highlights the need for Digital Agriculture Extension

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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… Continue reading Agrecol initiative to liberate seeds through open-source licence

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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. Europe’s farmers have a difficult relationship with those beyond their community. The consumers of their products, the 500 million Europeans who need a daily splash of milk in their coffee, tend to… Continue reading Against the grain

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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… Continue reading Youth Network in Agriculture: we connect and rejuvenate the world

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What is the future of Quinoa?

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… Continue reading What is the future of Quinoa?

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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… Continue reading Measuring progress in the Decade of Action on Nutrition

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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,… Continue reading What my childhood in farming taught me about writing and public speaking

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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… Continue reading The Effect of Producer Organizations on Farmer Performance

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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… Continue reading Adding more value to agro sector with new ICT tool

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

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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… Continue reading Why Ghana’s agricultural growth has slowed down