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 … More 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 … More 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 … More 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 … More I feel inspired!
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 sponsor, … More 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 … More 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 … More “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, … More 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 … More 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. … More 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, have focused on re-aligning research needs and priorities … More 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 … More Upcoming webinar: “Building a bridge between scientists and communicators”
“If you do things well, do them better, be daring, be first, be different.” ― Anita Lucia Roddick GFAR strongly believes in the power of communications to bring – with our partners – our common messages to the public, and to network within our own communities. That’s why we continuously support trainings, workshops and webinars … More Upcoming webinar: “The Crystal Ball: Predicting the future of online media”
GFAR, the Global Forum on Agriculture Research concentrates on making agri-food research and innovation systems more effective, responsive and equitable, towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals. Partners in the Global Forum, at national, regional and international levels, advocate for, and catalyse collective actions that strengthen and transform agri-food research and innovation systems. “Communications” is key in … More Join the GFAR communicators’ community!
“The miracle is this – the more we share, the more we have.” ― Leonard Nimoy As a global forum, GFAR truly believes in the power of communications. Be it to work with our partners, to bring our common messages to the public, or to network within our communities. We also strongly believe in the … More GFAR webinars on “Search Engine Optimization” and “Website Revamps”
Wouldn’t you like to share your work, interests and visions with a world-wide community and join others in addressing what concerns you? The GFAR Blog is an open space for diverse voices and opinions, which our Partners can use to share stories and information, give their take on an issue and initiate public discussions. Why should I submit … More Tell your story – Post to the GFAR Blog!
The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) and the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) are joining forces to extend the social media outreach for 43rd session of the CFS (#CFS43). #CFS43 will be held in Rome on 17-21 October 2016. CFS is the foremost inclusive platform for all stakeholders to work together to ensure … More Join the #CFS43 social media bootcamp!
En tant que membres des jeunes professionnels pour le développement agricole: “YPARD” en sigle, nous avons été invité à prendre part à la GCARD3 en Afrique du Sud, plus précisément à Johannesburg, et nous avons été formé aux médias sociaux afin de faire office de reporters sociaux lors des événements mondiaux. Les participants étaient issus … More Agriculture: Source d’emploi durable pour les jeunes
Last week, the Third Global Conference on Agricultural Research and Development (GCARD3) is formally opened at the Birchwood Hotel and O.R. Tambo Conference Centre in Boksburg, South Africa. The global event was hosted by the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) of South Africa, in support of Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) and Consortium of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). It is an inclusive, … More #GCARD3: Together We Are Shaping the Future
The up and coming GCARD Global event which is scheduled to take place in Johannesburg next week will optimize its digital presence in a bid to include hundreds of thousands of agricultural minded people from around the world in the dialogue about Sustainable Development as South Africa grapples with water shortages and food insecurity. The … More Social Media Boot Camp aims to open up agricultural conference