And before we know it, we're almost at the end of yet another year... While most people are looking forward for a season filled with jingle bells, carols, presents and new year's fireworks, many professional communicators have a different perspective: the end of the year marks the start of yet another dreaded process of preparing… Continue reading Webinar: Innovating those dreaded “Annual Reports”
You'd have to be a bit crazy to publicly share your professional "secrets to success". I mean,... Why share all of the stuff, which gives you and your organisation the competitive advantage over the next organisation? You'd have to be crazy. Well, in the next webinar, we will... We will go a bit crazy. We've… Continue reading A peep behind the curtains: How to set up and run a webinar?
You should eat a kilo of Cavendish bananas a day, if you’d like to fulfil your recommended intake of vitamin A. Or, you could eat one To’o banana. Too bad the Cavendish variety accounts for 47% of the worldwide production and 99% of the commercial export sale to developed countries; we seem destined to stuff… Continue reading Agrobiodiversity: goin’ bananas for people and planet
“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” ― Jackie Robinson Measuring "performance" in the private sector seems easy: reduce cost and increase profit. We face more challenges in the development sector, or in the wider non-profit world. How do we measure the performance of a development organisation/project? Most… Continue reading “Brace for Impact!” – Join our COSA/GFAR/GLF webinar.
“All this is a long-term process, but we keep having the commitment and look forward that the guidelines will definitely help to improve the land access of indigenous people”. It is in these terms that Mrs. Marcela Villarreal, Director of Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development – (FAO) concluded her intervention at the CFS44 side event… Continue reading The tradeoffs of indigenous and community land right promotion
For 500 years, nothing changed. Our job as communicators was simple: from the first mass-produced printed publication -The Gutenberg Bible- in 1454 up to the 1990's, "communications" was limited to "paper only". Came the internet in the 1990's, and we moved more "online". Came social media in the early 2000's, and our tool set expanded… Continue reading Join the GFAR webinar on “Webcasting & Webstreaming”
We, as communications folks, are often too shy. We do extra-ordinary things, but either we don't realize it ourselves, or are too timid to showcase them. And yet, others might learn from our experience. In the next GFAR webinar, we want to showcase "Communications Success Stories": projects we have done, and made us proud, while… Continue reading GFAR Webinar showcasing “Communications Success Stories”
GFAR partners CGIAR, GODAN (Global Open Data Initiative for Agriculture and Nutrition) and Asociación Andes, through a GFAR Collective Action, are pleased to invite you to: Our webinar: “Farmers’ Rights: How Complementarity between Researchers and Farmers Impact the Conservation of Genetic Diversity, Food Security and Livelihoods of the Poor” Date: 19 September 2017 Time: 15h00… Continue reading Join our next GFAR Collective Action Webinar on Farmers’ Rights
Hectic yet reflective! The pilot GFAR-YPARD Young Agripreneur Project (YAP) is coming to an end and in these posts, the six young agripreneurs are pondering on their professional and personal journeys over the past twelve months. In April 2016, they all gathered in Johannesburg, where they thrilled the audiences at GCARD3 with their enthusiasm, drive and energy in… Continue reading Where did the time go?
Confusion of goals and perfection of means, seems, in my opinion, to characterize our age. Albert Einstein Will you forgive me, if I step onto my preaching soapbox for a moment? But this is a topic very dear to my heart. People often ask me for the latest trends in communications, where they refer to… Continue reading Communications in agriculture, as a means. Not a goal.
We had been driving around for days interviewing farmers in the remote and arid northern part of Burkina Faso. To get from one settlement to the next, it took hours: Hours of negotiating gullies cut deep into the sandy soil, with boulders washed onto what used to be a dirt road. The whole time, the… Continue reading Join GFAR’s webinar on “Farm Radio, Community Radio and Participatory Radio”
Once upon a time, I was the youngest at any work-related event. Now, it seems, most of the time, I am always the oldest in the room. 🙂 I spent last week with a hundred people less than half my age. And they inspired me. I just came back from ICYA2017, the International Conference for… Continue reading I feel inspired!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKln0AKMYWk Youth really are the future of agriculture. GFAR is committed to youth through many projects we do. One of them is YAP, our Youth Agripreneurs Project, where we encouraged young agricultural entrepreneurs to submit their projects (early last year). Through "YAP", our purpose was not only to find some genuine innovative projects we could… Continue reading Josine’s journey, as a young agri-preneur
"Participatory Video" is a form of participatory media-generation in which a group or a community creates their own video. The idea behind this is that having a video made by the actual stakeholders in a process or situation, makes the video more accessible, and would be better adapted to the target audience. The process of… Continue reading Join GFAR’s next webinar on “Participatory Video”
Ready for a challenge? Up to now, our GFAR webinars have concentrated on how to use communications for outreach and marketing,... But in our professional field, "communications" runs much deeper than "promotion" and "raising awareness". In the next two webinars we will challenge ourselves. We will dive into the deep end, to shed some light… Continue reading “Challenging Development and Research Communications” – two more GFAR webinars.
Dozens of social media and online media tools now allow us to reach new and wider audiences, faster than ever before. Does this mean we should throw away our "legacy tools"? We don't think so. Email-based newsletters (or E-newsletters), periodically emailing updates to a list of subscribers, are still used by many, if not all,… Continue reading Upcoming comms webinar: “Email-based newsletters: Not a thing of the past!”
Looking for insight, information and interaction on a timely topic that supports agri-food research and innovation? GFAR, the unique multi-stakeholder global forum on agri-food research and innovation organises year-round, high quality, and thought-provoking webinars based on the needs and requests of the partners in GFAR. Webinars are open to all and offer participants the opportunity… Continue reading GFAR Webinars: Connecting Communities – Inspiring Innovation
As one of the panelists, I attended a discussion on “Strengthening Social Science and Policy Research” hosted by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)’s South Asia Office and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) at the 24th Annual AERA Conference held at the ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute in Izatnagar (India) on 17 December 2016.… Continue reading Social scientists can improve the impact of agricultural research
Recent events around agricultural research and innovation, such as the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD3) held in April 2016 at Johannesburg, South Africa and the 5th Global Forum of Leaders in Agricultural Science and Technology (GLAST-2016) held at Lingshui, Hainan, China in December 2016. The vip opcoesbinarias have focused on re-aligning research… Continue reading The changing paradigm of agricultural research and innovation
What is the right quote to insert here? Is it: Nothing in science has any value to society if it is not communicated, and scientists are beginning to learn their social obligations. Anne Roe, The Making of a Scientist (1953) Or should it be: Do not share your inventions with many, share them only with… Continue reading Upcoming webinar: “Building a bridge between scientists and communicators”