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

Student Leadership and Transformative Changes to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century

Stacy Hammond shares her reflections on her participation in the 4th GCHERA World Dialogue: Global Leadership and Transformative Changes to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century, as GFAR-sponsored representative of youth. … More Student Leadership and Transformative Changes to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century

The CFS43 Social Media Bootcamp: Real Good stuff!

Have you ever felt extremely tired but happy at the same time? Could you relate to the feeling of not realizing that you are tired because you enjoyed the work so much? That’s what we as four members of Young Professionals for Agriculture Development (YPARD) felt at the end of our participation in the Social … More The CFS43 Social Media Bootcamp: Real Good stuff!

Making innovation “shine” in Tanzania

Drones, aquaponics systems, solar power water desalinization, LED-lit farms with optimized photosynthesis and digital soil mapping.  That’s the list of top five innovations in agriculture for 2015. How many of these are applied in Africa? And how many of these are applied on a large scale in smallholder farming? Innovation is crucial for development. We … More Making innovation “shine” in Tanzania

Everyone is talking about Agripreneurship

I travelled a long distance from India and landed yesterday in Limbe, Cameroon to attend the 7th Annual Meeting of the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS), which kicked off today. Hats off to GFRAS! The agenda of the meeting, which covers the “The Role of Rural Advisory Services for Inclusive Agripreneurship” theme, looks … More Everyone is talking about Agripreneurship

Opening Agricultural Data: Going Beyond Access

I recently participated in the GODAN Summit. What really struck me was that every speaker at the summit, especially those who spoke at the plenaries, recognised that “Open Data” is much more than opening access to data. They all stressed that it is about managing data from generation to effective use, about equity in its … More Opening Agricultural Data: Going Beyond Access

Shrinking pollinator numbers: to bee or not to bee

It is well known that the biological world makes sure that nature’s balance can be maintained. Among the biggest contributors are pollinators, whose link with plants has been most useful to the planet. By transferring pollen from one plant to other, pollinators help in the production of fruits, nuts and seeds. They account for more … More Shrinking pollinator numbers: to bee or not to bee

World’s farmers unite to tackle antimicrobial resistance

By Marco Marzano de Marinis, Secretary General, World Farmers’ Organisation Antimicrobial resistance, often referred to as AMR, is an increasingly serious threat to global public health. As the international community is now on the way to implement the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda, there is still an urgent need to increase attention and policy … More World’s farmers unite to tackle antimicrobial resistance

The importance of open and equitable access to agricultural data

Open and equitable access to data and information is a vital and tremendously powerful instrument for change. Yet despite tremendous potential value, open access to data is not without risks. Data and associated information and communication technologies by their nature tend to favour those who hold them, or can most readily access and make use … More The importance of open and equitable access to agricultural data

An Expert-backed WhatsApp group that works for Farmers

On June 3rd, 2016, I created a WhatsApp group for farmers to meet one of the research objectives of my doctoral programme. It is a small WhatsApp group of 96 farmers, who were chosen from 8 different districts of a hilly state Himachal Pradesh, India. Initially, I was little unsure about the type of conversations … More An Expert-backed WhatsApp group that works for Farmers

The experience of rural life: A wisdom pot for the modern world

Growing up on the farm, in the rural area, provides a unique life experience. You learn many life skills and lessons. It can be exciting but there are times that it can be challenging as well. I live in Kumasi, Ghana and I work with a social enterprise that serves the needs of smallholder farmers … More The experience of rural life: A wisdom pot for the modern world

Agriculture: From foe to friend of the environment

Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals on hunger and poverty will require a 50 percent increase in food production in the next 15 years. In fact, a global food revolution is urgently needed, argues a recent paper by a number of leading scientists working with the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE). Without … More Agriculture: From foe to friend of the environment

When Innovation is Farmers’ Play: A collective action simulation and a capacity assessment with farmers in Laos

What do you do if the pigs that you have raised with such care catch a disease and die? Or how do you cope with a sudden drop in prices caused by an unpredictable market? And if you are prevented from crossing the border with Thailand, where will you go to buy your inputs? Farmers … More When Innovation is Farmers’ Play: A collective action simulation and a capacity assessment with farmers in Laos