Collaboration is key to achieving the long-term benefits of data sharing

Many conversations about open data for agriculture and nutrition promote the win-win scenario of improved livelihoods for farmers, as well as more nutritious, environmentally conscious food. However, examples of open data benefiting farmers often only span one growing season, or include small groups of farmers. This begs the question, does open data truly have the capacity … More Collaboration is key to achieving the long-term benefits of data sharing

Leveraging climate information services to help farmers cope with climate change in Africa

We celebrate World Development Information Day by highlighting CCAFS’ work on climate information services in Africa. Information and communications technologies have the potential to provide new solutions to development challenges, particularly in the context of globalization, and can foster economic growth, competitiveness, access to information and knowledge, poverty eradication and social inclusion.” UN General Assembly … More Leveraging climate information services to help farmers cope with climate change in Africa

The Rise of Blockchain Technology in Agriculture

Blockchain appeared in our lives as a modern technology that promises ubiquitous financial transactions among distributed untrusted parties, without the need of intermediaries such as banks. Several ongoing projects and initiatives now illustrate the impact blockchain technology is having on agriculture and suggest it has great potential for the future.   As blockchain technology gains … More The Rise of Blockchain Technology in Agriculture

Expert consultation in Bonn on “Ethical, legal and policy aspects of data sharing affecting farmers”

There are many inter-linked issues in the whole data value chain that affect the ability of farmers, especially the poorest and most vulnerable, to access, use and harness the benefit of data and data-driven technologies. There are policy issues (decisions on making data open and prioritizing types of data to open up to investment decisions); … More Expert consultation in Bonn on “Ethical, legal and policy aspects of data sharing affecting farmers”

Tech transformation: how agriculture is being redefined through digital innovation and startups

At a recent YES Bank panel and digital startup competition, it was evident that India’s digital boom was lending the Indian startup ecosystem a distinctly agri-flavour. The convergence of mobile networks, broadband internet, cloud platforms, IoT, AI and open data is helping transform one of the world’s oldest professions. This is of great significance as … More Tech transformation: how agriculture is being redefined through digital innovation and startups

Sometimes, it all runs like clockwork

Our Foundation and partners are helping local radio stations in Kenya to establish agricultural advice programs*. Fabian Oswald, studying Science Communications in Germany, has chosen this topic for his Master’s thesis. He recently investigated the knowledge exchange between three stations, their listeners and advisors.  “Everybody warned me in advance: This was research I couldn’t plan … More Sometimes, it all runs like clockwork

GFAR/TAP/FARA Webinar in French language: “Sharing Knowledge on Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation through TAPipedia”

TAP and GFAR are pleased to invite you to the webinar: Sharing Knowledge on Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation through TAPipedia Partager les connaissances sur le renforcement des capacités pour l’innovation agricole à travers TAPipedia (in French language – en langue française) Date: 10 July 2018 Time: 11:30 AM Rome time (GMT +2) Duration: 1.5 hours REGISTER … More GFAR/TAP/FARA Webinar in French language: “Sharing Knowledge on Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation through TAPipedia”

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

Highlights of the international symposium on farmers’ access to data and full video recording

Issues around farmers’ rights to data, both in terms of access to data and ownership of data, are crucial to one of the key areas of activity of partners in GFAR: the opening of access to information systems for sharing, transforming and using agricultural knowledge, especially in light of GFAR’s overall approach to putting the smallholder … More Highlights of the international symposium on farmers’ access to data and full video recording

Closing the webinar series on Farmers’ access to data

As part of our work on farmers’ rights to data and following up on the face-to-face course on Farmers’ Access to Data organized in Centurion in November 2017, GFAR organized 6 webinars to make the content of the course available to everybody. The webinars were co-convened with GODAN and CTA and were conducted by some … More Closing the webinar series on Farmers’ access to data

Will Brazilian Millennials Look to a Future in the Fields?

The rural workforce in Brazil is getting younger, according to recent research. Meet the Gen-Y agripreneurs changing the face of farming in Brazil. By Raphael Marques da Silva, on behalf of HarvestPlus. The economic crisis in Brazil has chosen millennials–the most apt generation for building the future of the country–as its main victim. According to a … More Will Brazilian Millennials Look to a Future in the Fields?

Learning about data for farmers and how it can help to “cross the donga”

Dan Berne and Valeria Pesce In the week of 20-24 November 2017, GFAR convened a course and symposium on Farmers’ access to data in Centurion, South Africa. This event is an example of the activities that GFAR wants to promote towards ensuring that communities determine their own needs and their own future, which is one … More Learning about data for farmers and how it can help to “cross the donga”

Because we care: How Partners in GFAR are transforming agricultural learning

Because we, the Partners in GFAR, care about the future of our youth and the future of agriculture, education is one of our most important agendas. Many young people in Sub-Saharan Africa leave school without being able to properly read and write, with their work prospects handicapped for life. An enormous number of young people … More Because we care: How Partners in GFAR are transforming agricultural learning