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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… Continue reading The Light at the End of the Tunnel (FINALLY)

Capacities for Change, GFAR blog, Research in society

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… Continue reading The CFS43 Social Media Bootcamp: Real Good stuff!

GFAR blog, Transformative investments

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… Continue reading Agropreneurship: growing social change

Capacities for Change, GFAR blog

Making innovation “shine” in Tanzania

Drones, aquaponics systems, solar power water desalinization, LED-lit farms with optimized photosynthesis and digital soil mapping.  That’s the list of top five innovations in agriculture for 2015. How many of these are applied in Africa? And how many of these are applied on a large scale in smallholder farming? Innovation is crucial for development. We… Continue reading Making innovation “shine” in Tanzania

GFAR blog, Partnerships for impact

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

Agriculture and nutrition need to be addressed together rather than separately. Well, of course, that seems obvious, right? Except that, over time the division between the two has grown. It is clear that multi-sectoral approaches are required to tackle both for better nutrition and sustainable diets. As the African proverb suggests, to ‘go far’ we… Continue reading “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

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Let’s talk about the price of food

One third of all food is wasted. Much of that comes down to consumer behaviour. Every year, consumers in rich countries waste almost as much food as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization,  40% of losses in developing countries occur at post-harvest and processing levels while… Continue reading Let’s talk about the price of food

GFAR blog, Transformative investments

AND SO IT BEGINS…

Lillian Beauttah was one of the six finalists of the GFAR and YPARD’s Youth Argripreneur Project, who co-founded the social enterprise Afrika Jilishe[1], whose aim is to increase the resilience and adaptive capabilities to climate change of nomadic pastoralists and other communities within the ASALs ( Arid and Semi-Arid Lands) by making use of high tech, low… Continue reading AND SO IT BEGINS…

GFAR blog, Transformative investments

Is the Road of an Entrepreneur Ever a Straight One?

Kellyann Allicott was one of the six finalists of the GFAR and YPARD’s Youth Argripreneur Project, who returned to Barbados in April to carry out a project related to developing a line of natural skin care products using raw materials from naturally derived sources, such as organic produce (herbs, spices and fruit) purchase from local… Continue reading Is the Road of an Entrepreneur Ever a Straight One?

GFAR blog, Partnerships for impact

Smallholders and agribusiness: boxing match or friendly chat?

Agriculture is about everyone. How food is produced is of no interest to you unless you’re going to eat,” Nettie Wiebe, La Via Campesina. All of us eat, so all of us should care about agriculture. The way we tackle this issue, though, depends on which corner we’re in. If you work in the private… Continue reading Smallholders and agribusiness: boxing match or friendly chat?

GFAR blog, Partnerships for impact

¿Quiénes son los “Transfarmers”?

Al igual que los Transformers (como los de la película), que pueden cambiar de forma para cumplir distintas tareas, la pequeña agricultura puede también transformarse para cumplir diversas funciones, más allá de su rol de productor de alimentos. En la sesión de apertura del Comité Global de Seguridad Alimentaria N°43 (#CFS43), Elizabeth Mpfou, pequeña agricultora… Continue reading ¿Quiénes son los “Transfarmers”?

GFAR blog, Transformative investments

Bees and the busy rural youth

Jony Girma was one of the six finalists of the GFAR and YPARD’s Youth Argripreneur Project, who proposed a “Self-help Business Model in Harmony with Nature”, a plan to establish a demonstration site inside beekeepers’ villages in rural Ethipoia where beekeepers can receive training, share experience and put new technologies to the test before adopting them. By… Continue reading Bees and the busy rural youth

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The microbes are coming: it’s time to act!

Don’t you think it is amazing that joint replacement operations are possible? Or that pneumonia and tuberculosis are not a death-warrant diagnosis? Anyone who has ever had a bad gastro-intestinal infection would agree: the discovery of antibiotics is one of the most extraordinary achievements in medical science. Antibiotics or, to be more scientifically precise, antimicrobials,… Continue reading The microbes are coming: it’s time to act!

GFAR blog, Transformative investments

Once there was a female farmer who made cheese in Georgia…

During the 43rd Committee on World Food Security (CFS43), participants discussed farmers, ago-entrepreneurs, and family businesses. There was much talk about women farmers and their importance in rural development. But the question is: where are the women farmers? During the sessions, I was looking forward to finding the young people and women farmers. And I… Continue reading Once there was a female farmer who made cheese in Georgia…

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The talk about small-scale fisheries. Or not.

“If you do not have healthy fishing communities, you will not have healthy fish consumers” – Naseegh Jaffer, General Secretary of World Forum of Fisher Peoples(WFFP) Benedetta Merlo is the Focal Point for Fisheries at theInternational Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty(IPC), an alliance platform for civil society organisations. As we chat over lunch, I can… Continue reading The talk about small-scale fisheries. Or not.