Reflections on the GFAR Steering Committee meeting

The GFAR Steering Committee drives the Forum and includes both grassroots and international organizations, elected to represent Partners in GFAR from all relevant sectors in agri-food research and innovation. GFAR catalyzes Collective Actions that bring together diverse actors through equitable and integrated processes, to make agricultural research and innovation more effective and equitable towards Sustainable Development … More Reflections on the GFAR Steering Committee meeting

Empowering Farmers in the Fight Against Desertification

The first global drylands assessment published in Science magazine in May 2017 estimated that 166 million hectares in Africa’s Great Green Wall area alone are in need of restoration. The upshot is that over 10 million hectares per year should be restored by 2030 to meet UN Sustainable Development Goal 15 on land degradation neutrality. … More Empowering Farmers in the Fight Against Desertification

Learning power lessons: verifying the viability of impact evaluations

Learning from one’s past mistakes is a sign of maturity. Given that metric, 3ie is growing up. We now require pilot research before funding most full impact evaluation studies. Our pilot studies requirement was developed to address a number of issues, including assessing whether there is sufficient intervention uptake, identifying or verifying whether the expected … More Learning power lessons: verifying the viability of impact evaluations

Let’s eat our way to a healthier planet

For the past five years, an unusual gathering of thought-leaders and experts from the realms of science, policy, business and civil society has taken place in Stockholm to tackle the interconnected challenges of food, health and sustainability. This June, the Government of Sweden is for the first time co-hosting the EAT Food Forum in Stockholm. … More Let’s eat our way to a healthier planet

G7 can tackle five priorities with one investment: agricultural research

This week the representatives of the world’s most advanced economies grapple with complex challenges at the G7 summit in Canada. Smart investments need to be made to solve the five key issues addressed at the summit and the smartest investment is in agricultural research, writes Marco Ferroni. The G7 summit tops European leaders’ agendas this week. … More G7 can tackle five priorities with one investment: agricultural research

Global implications of the European Food System; A food systems approach

The EU is a major player in the world market for agricultural products, both dependent on commodity imports from many countries, and exporting high-value agricultural products. There is a need to better understand the impact – on people, planet and profit – of the EU trade on food systems outside the EU, with a focus … More Global implications of the European Food System; A food systems approach

Opening the debate on scale and sustainability

At Farm Radio International, our work requires great partnerships to get great results. We partner with radio stations, key stakeholder groups, and knowledge experts to make informative and entertaining interactive radio programs. These programs share agricultural knowledge and amplify the voices of listeners so rural communities can be empowered in their own development. We know … More Opening the debate on scale and sustainability

Drama Queens

If every radio broadcast had the same format, people would get bored and stop tuning in. When Farm Radio International designs a radio campaign, we try to use a variety of segments to keep listeners entertained and engaged in the program. ‘Drama+Discussion’ is one great program type that combines education and entertainment in the perfect … More Drama Queens

Closing the feedback loop with interactive radio

At Farm Radio International, we are constantly trying to improve our programs and get the most out of the technologies we have on hand. Radio is a great tool for circulating information, and broadcasting a message to millions of listeners. But how do you hear back from those listeners to understand their questions or expertise? … More Closing the feedback loop with interactive radio

GFAR scales out Transformational Learning to another continent

Transformational learning and student leadership development in undergraduate universities, agricultural and life sciences colleges at the global level is a key focus area of GFAR for the years 2018-2021. Reform of agricultural and life science universities and departments around the world is needed to adapt to changes in their dynamic environments, and to mend the … More GFAR scales out Transformational Learning to another continent

Meeting Our Audience

One first step to supporting farmers is to understand their information needs. Farm Radio International aims to strengthen small-scale farming and rural communities, and a key step in doing so is to know the communities better.  This is where formative research comes in. We collaborate and learn about the community in order to understand its … More Meeting Our Audience

Digital and data-driven agriculture opportunities for smallholders focus of new white paper from GFAR, GODAN and CTA

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are being used across the world to generate efficiency gains for farmers. This has led to an information and data explosion with an associated boom in new applications, tools, actors, business models, and entire industries. Agri-food systems are being transformed. Beyond the technological developments, data for and from farmers has … More Digital and data-driven agriculture opportunities for smallholders focus of new white paper from GFAR, GODAN and CTA

A Practical Approach to Agroecology

The principles of agroecology help us understand the interaction between agriculture and the environment. With agroecological knowledge, scientists, farmers, and researchers can select appropriate technologies and systems to create a sustainable food system. Dr. Esther Kioko, a senior research scientist with the National Museums of Kenya, is using her background in entomology to study the … More A Practical Approach to Agroecology

Achieving the SDGs and Climate Resiliency in the Barind Tract: First Steps Towards a Multi-Sector Strategy

Workshop participants in Bogra, Bangladesh come together to formulate a multi-stakeholder platform with the potential to establish the Barind Tract as a global leader in practical, integrated strategies for achieving the SDGs. From December 3rd to 5th, 2017, EcoAgriculture Partners led a Landscape Leadership Workshop, Transforming Barind Agriculture: Achieving SDGs and Climate Resilience through Water-Centric … More Achieving the SDGs and Climate Resiliency in the Barind Tract: First Steps Towards a Multi-Sector Strategy