Communications in agriculture, as a means. Not a goal.

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.

GFAR Webinar: Beyond decision making: Foresight as a process for improving attitude towards change

GFAR is pleased to invite you to the webinar: Beyond decision making: Foresight as a process for improving attitudes towards change Date: 27 June 2017 Time: 14:00 Rome time Duration: 2 hours max Registration open As part of its series of webinars, GFAR Secretariat is bringing together foresight practitioners and others interested in foresight for … More GFAR Webinar: Beyond decision making: Foresight as a process for improving attitude towards change

Join GFAR’s webinar on “Farm Radio, Community Radio and Participatory Radio”

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”

The disruption starts now: new big data program promises to shake up agriculture

A new multimillion-dollar initiative plans to disrupt food production across the developing world, with the aim of making it more productive, efficient and resilient – all through the power of information. The CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture is jointly led by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Food Policy … More The disruption starts now: new big data program promises to shake up agriculture

Doubling Farmer Incomes in Five Years

Ajit Maru,  GFAR’s Senior Officer, reports on his participation in an interesting workshop in India where GFAR’s and APAARI’s primary objective of transforming agricultural research and innovation systems was illustrated in practice by SDAU, a GFAR and APAARI partner! How to double real incomes of smallholder family farmers and marginal farmers who have less than … More Doubling Farmer Incomes in Five Years

I feel inspired!

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!

Josine’s journey, as a young agri-preneur

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

Webinar Wrap-up: Agents of change – the role of innovation facilitators

A webinar on capacity development, organized on 1 March 2017 by GFAR and the Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP) in collaboration with the Platform for African European Partnership on Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD), discussed the role of facilitators as agents of change for agricultural innovation. During the webinar, entitled “Agents of Change in Capacity Development … More Webinar Wrap-up: Agents of change – the role of innovation facilitators

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

Bringing collaboration on open data for food and agriculture forward: enabling GODAN as a Collective Action

On 3 March 2017 GFAR Secretariat facilitated a discussion session on “Perspectives on sharing data and information for food, nutrition and agriculture” at FAO headquarters, with talks from FAO, the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition initiative (GODAN) and the GFAR Secretariat. The Partners in GFAR consider collaboration on improving data and information sharing … More Bringing collaboration on open data for food and agriculture forward: enabling GODAN as a Collective Action

Cross-sectoral Collaboration is Key

Creating viable rural futures is essential to food security and national stability Today marks the start of the Global Food Security Symposium, a platform for discussion about the international community’s achievements in addressing global food insecurity. Organised annually by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the theme for this year’s Symposium “Stability in the 21st … More Cross-sectoral Collaboration is Key

GFAR Webinar – Agents of Change in Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation: The Value of Facilitators

GFAR is pleased to invite you to the webinar: Agents of Change in Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation: The Value of Facilitators Date: 1 March 2017 Time: 14:00 Rome time Duration: 2 hours max REGISTRATION CLOSED As one in a series of GFAR webinars, the Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP), a Partner in GFAR, in collaboration … More GFAR Webinar – Agents of Change in Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation: The Value of Facilitators

GFAR Webinars: Connecting Communities – Inspiring Innovation

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

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

How have innovation platforms helped African farmers grow healthy crops and nutritious vegetables?

Vegetable market trader, Mapenzi Mchuzi, is a single mother of five children. She lives and works in the Dodoma Region of Tanzania. Like any mother, she wants to be able to put nutritious, healthy food on her children’s plates, ensure they get a good education and safeguard their futures by making a steady income. For … More How have innovation platforms helped African farmers grow healthy crops and nutritious vegetables?

WhatsApp for Agriculture: Digital Farming highlights the need for Digital Agriculture Extension

I remember one time I was asked to walk 10 kilometers away from home to find a local buyer to sell our marakuja and papaya fruit so that my parents could pay my school fees. This buyer in turn walked 10 kilometers to sell the fruit in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital. There were no mobile phones … More WhatsApp for Agriculture: Digital Farming highlights the need for Digital Agriculture Extension

Why Ghana’s agricultural growth has slowed down

In part I of a three-part series, Farmerline look at the many challenges that confront Ghana’s agriculture sector. Ghana is faced with a harsh reality: a decline in agricultural productivity continues to threaten the economic development of the country. Inadequate finances, climate change, poor pricing and marketing incentives, inadequate agricultural extension agents, pest and diseases and … More Why Ghana’s agricultural growth has slowed down

Mobile Phones: Helping field extension officers transform Ghana’s agricultural sector

“One of the largest challenges traditionally experienced by Ghana’s smallholder farmers has been a lack of transparent information especially with the challenges that extension farmers go through,” says Schandorf Adu Bright, Director of Farmer Services at Farmerline, a Partner in GFAR. … More Mobile Phones: Helping field extension officers transform Ghana’s agricultural sector