Designing the Future of GFAR: Common Values and Commitment Required

What better way to show the commitment of a group of individuals to a cause than to tell their story with their own pictures and words? Let’s start at the beginning… “On a sunny Tuesday morning in June, we (members of the GFAR Steering Committee) gathered on an agricultural cooperative on the outskirts of Rome. … More Designing the Future of GFAR: Common Values and Commitment Required

A week in the life – share and celebrate your work as a Partner in GFAR

Have you ever wondered how you could reach a wider audience with news of how your organization is a part of the GFAR mission to transform agri-food research and innovation? Have you wished you could highlight your work with partners as a concentrated online burst, not just the occasional cross post on a website or blog? … More A week in the life – share and celebrate your work as a Partner in GFAR

Change is coming

After 3 days of lengthy meetings and positive interactions, I honestly do think a change is coming. At the very least I can see it. Last month, a suprise came in our email. Tech4Agri was elected as the local Youth Representative for the GFAR Steering Committee. We had just signed up to become members of … More Change is coming

The Voices of GFAR: Messages from the new Steering Committee

From “difficult” to “promising”. From “getting there” to “much further forward”. From “encouraging” to “rejuvenating with an exclamation mark!”! When the members of the renewed GFAR Steering Committee were asked to describe their experience on day 1 and then again on day 2 of the recent GFAR Steering Committee meeting, these are some of the … More The Voices of GFAR: Messages from the new Steering Committee

The results are in! Announcing GFAR’s New Steering Committee

Behind the scenes over the last year, there’s been a big change taking shape in GFAR. With the Partners in GFAR themselves in the lead, the foundation for a renewed GFAR has been laid—a new governance structure that ensures the voices of local stakeholders, from across all sectors, are included in the dialogue on transforming … More The results are in! Announcing GFAR’s New Steering Committee

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 … More GFAR: Catalyzing change through networked actions

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 … More Let’s talk about the price of food

The New Development Paradigm

Investing in agriculture is not enough to reduce poverty because the rural poor are often engaged in multiple economic activities. While pro-poor growth starts with agriculture, reducing rural poverty requires increasing the productivity of small-scale agriculture, creating jobs, fostering economic diversification and investing in people. That was one of the views expressed during Monday’s Side … More The New Development Paradigm

Shaping the Future of Agriculture and Food Together

By MARK HOLDERNESS, GFAR Executive Secretary This article on GFAR’s role was originally published on the G20 Portal on the occasion of the 2017 G20 Summit held 4–5 September 2016 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China.   We all know that humanity faces huge challenges in achieving sustainable development and that we must act now. Our agri-food systems, and our very … More Shaping the Future of Agriculture and Food Together

2015 Annual Report focuses on “future-ready” GFAR

The launch of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 heralded a new development era, in which agricultural research for development will play a key role. The Partners in the Global Forum for Agricultural Research (GFAR)  responded accordingly, by taking stock of their progress and building on their strengths, in preparation for the challenges ahead.  These … More 2015 Annual Report focuses on “future-ready” GFAR

Partners meet to redefine The Global Forum

The GFAR Partners’ Assembly takes place on 5 April 2016 in Johannesburg, immediately before the GCARD3 event. The Partners’ Assembly brings together representatives of the many Partners in GFAR from around the world and from all sectors concerned. These representatives have already been identified and invited to attend. Who will be there? The Partners attending … More Partners meet to redefine The Global Forum