Forty years since India gained independence, what has really changed for the farmers of today? Farmers incomes are still too low, India needs to at least double farmers’ income. During this crucial post-independence period, agriculture contributed 45% of the country’s GDP, employing the majority of Indian workers. After an impressive increase in agricultural production in … More India Wants to Double Farmers’ Incomes – and Tackle Climate Change. Is Technology the Answer to This Double Bind?
“After each class, students fill out a short feedback survey on our sessions are. The most pertinent response a student said to me was that our beginner, paper-based coding game was too easy and that her school’s IT class is already doing Python. This means we simply have to step it up.” – Keron Bascombe, Creator, Tech4agri … More Trinbagonian Impakter: Tech4Agri for the A in STEM
In this second instalment of the Emerging Technology (EmTech) blog series, the UK Government Office for Science (GOS) is exploring some new technologies for agriculture. This series covers some of the innovative and exciting technologies the GOS’s EmTech Scanning Programme has identified. (Find the original post here.) The Future of Farming The transition from hunter-gatherer to agricultural societies … More How are emerging technologies changing the way we farm our food?
LET’S BE FRANK: 2018 was not exactly a banner year for the planet. Nearly every major environmental assessment presented grim results: crucial habitats like tropical forests continue to disappear; wildlife populations declined 60% over the last 40 years; and, perhaps most alarming, we’re failing to make the progress we need to keep the climate within safe boundaries. We still have … More 10 Groups to Watch in 2019
A robust, sustainable global agriculture and food production sector is critical to the future of a growing world population. It will take farms of varying types and sizes to address food insecurity and hunger, and to stabilize local communities and big cities alike. With a history that dates back to 1947, Nuffield International Farming Scholars … More Global Exploration and Practical Research Meet in Nuffield International Farming Scholars Program
Dr. Iman El-Kaffass of GFAR Secretariat delivered a keynote speech to encourage participants at a conference of the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi) to step back and see agriculture—as well as the farmer and student of agriculture—holistically. The GUNi International Conference “Generating Synergies between Science, Technology and Humanities,” held in Barcelona, Spain on November … More The Comprehensive Farmer: What can (s)he teach our students?
Computer technology has been around for decades, but the machines we use today are light years ahead of where we were even a decade ago. They are faster, more accurate and easier to use. This is cutting-edge technology. Machine learning and artificial intelligence help plant scientists to run millions of “microsimulations” that give researchers insights … More How artificial intelligence can speed up innovation – Partner Spotlight on CropLife International
What makes a rose red? It has a gene, which tells it which color to be. In a major scientific breakthrough 20 years ago, scientists discovered how to turn down the red gene and introduce a new blue gene, from a petunia, to produce the world’s first blue rose. This process, where scientists have learned … More Technology to Revolutionize Agriculture – Partner Spotlight on CropLife International
A new mentoring toolkit developed as part of a GFAR Collective Action synthesises a decade of valuable learnings and resources, openly accessible for use by youth in agriculture! Four years ago, we coordinated our first mentoring program. We were working on the youth engagement component of the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) taking place in Lima, Peru, focused on … More Want to run a mentoring program? This toolkit will show you how
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
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
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
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”
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
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
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”
It may be small, but the Fall armyworm is a big deal. As far as being a pest and a threat to African farming and farmer’s livelihoods, the Fall armyworm has a lot going for it. It eats 80 different plant species and travels and reproduces at a rapid rate. Considering this, it is easy … More Uliza and the Fall Army Worm
Radio is a great tool for reaching people that other communication methods often cannot. It’s cheap, portable, shareable, and easy to understand. It doesn’t require sophisticated literacy skills. Good radio is also captivating and fun. Paired with a mobile phone, radio allows an opportunity for conversation, so that anyone listening to the radio can have … More Putting Her Voice on Air
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
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