#GFARImpakters Series: Sharing the Impact of the Partners in GFAR

GFAR and Impakter have recently launched an exciting new online media campaign: #GFARImpakters. Impakter, a cutting-edge online magazine dedicated to topics of sustainability, is now working with GFAR Secretariat to showcase the valuable work done by Partners in GFAR to transform agricultural research and innovation systems. Impakter wants Partners in GFAR to share, and the public at … More #GFARImpakters Series: Sharing the Impact of the Partners in GFAR

On World Food Day, Take a Holistic Approach to Food Production

October 16 is World Food Day. It can be a day of action, dedicated to tackling hunger and ensuring food security and nutrient-dense diets for everyone. Food should nourish and nurture people, society, and the planet, but in so many ways, the food system is broken. “Not only have habits changed, but also foods. When was … More On World Food Day, Take a Holistic Approach to Food Production

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

GFAR kicks off reform of the Regional Research Forum, AARINENA

The challenge of meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) demands collective action among the many stakeholders concerned with agriculture and food research and innovation — whether as farmers or consumers or among those working for international and national research and extension systems, NGOs, higher education, Private Sector, youth organizations and other sectors. Such diverse partners … More GFAR kicks off reform of the Regional Research Forum, AARINENA

To transform agricultural extension, give youth a voice

At the recent Africa Agriculture Extension week in Durban, there was a common refrain: “Demand for food in Africa is growing and expected to double by 2050.” This is why we see continued growth and employment opportunities in the agricultural value chain and why agriculture extension—or training– is more important than ever. So what exactly … More To transform agricultural extension, give youth a voice

Your only job is to lead

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way. –John C. Maxwell, leadership expert Strong political leadership, some suggest, is necessary for economic and sustainable development. In developed and developing countries we’ve seen a direct correlation between a growing or thriving economy and sound political leadership. Parliamentarians are tasked … More Your only job is to lead

“Brace for Impact!” – Join our COSA/GFAR/GLF webinar.

“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 … More “Brace for Impact!” – Join our COSA/GFAR/GLF webinar.

The tradeoffs of indigenous and community land right promotion

“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 … More The tradeoffs of indigenous and community land right promotion

2030 Agenda: The role of youth in peace, security and sustainability?

Let me start by wishing all of you a very happy ‘International Youth Day’. On 17 December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) to declare August 12 as the International Youth Day (to know more about the history … More 2030 Agenda: The role of youth in peace, security and sustainability?

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