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
Mark Holderness, Executive Secretary of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research, tells Inga Vesper about efforts to bring scientists and farmers closer together.
by Robin Bourgeois, GFAR Senior Advisor, Foresight and Development Policies There is a wide recognition today that international civil society organisations (ICSOs) are currently facing challenges that might as well mean their disappearance. This would not be necessarily bad news if that disappearance meant that ICSOs had been successful in “working their way out of … More Why future-smart ICSOs are needed
Is the world approaching “peak farmland?” Could the abandonment of fields to nature seen in recent decades in parts of North America and Europe soon spread to the developing world? Might the regreening of New England soon be a model for Brazil or Indonesia? This proposition, long deemed an impossible dream, is now being seriously … More Ecomodernism and the human-nature divide
Marty McFly: Wait a minute. Wait a minute, Doc. Ah… Are you telling me that you built a time machine… out of a DeLorean? Dr. Emmett Brown: The way I see it, if you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some *style*? “Back to the Future- Part 2”, … More Back to the Future
The new Sustainable Development Agenda, comprising 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets, has been heralded as “a universal, integrated and transformative vision for a better world ”. Commitments have been made and expectations are high. Robin Bourgeois (Senior Foresight Advisor, GFAR Secretariat) proposes taking a systemic approach to implementing the goals, paying close … More The Sustainable Development Goals: Time to Think Outside the Boxes
Beijing was a hotspot for young professionals in agriculture, last week. The Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) hosted the “APEC Food Security Training and Workshop” on September 7-9, 2015. This event, funded by the Ministry of Finance of the People’s Republic of China aimed at training over 30 young researchers from Asia Pacific Economic … More Becoming the change they want to see: Asia and Pacific Youth in Agriculture