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

Shaping the Future of Agriculture and Food Together

By MARK HOLDERNESS, GFAR Executive Secretary This article on GFAR’s role was originally published on the G20 Portal on the occasion of the 2017 G20 Summit held 4–5 September 2016 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China.   We all know that humanity faces huge challenges in achieving sustainable development and that we must act now. Our agri-food systems, and our very … More Shaping the Future of Agriculture and Food Together

On Finding Knowledge in the Most Unexpected Places

In April, the six finalists in GFAR and YPARD’s Youth Agripreneur Project headed back to their homes in the four corners of the world after an intense week of orientation and skills building at the GCARD3 Global Event, to embark on their personal adventures–and tackle their particular challenges–in agricultural entrepreneurship. Over the last three months, … More On Finding Knowledge in the Most Unexpected Places

Turning key objectives into great questions

In April, the six finalists in GFAR and YPARD’s Youth Agripreneur Project headed back to their homes in the four corners of the world after an intense week of orientation and skills building at the GCARD3 Global Event, to embark on their personal adventures–and tackle their particular challenges–in agricultural entrepreneurship. Over the last three months, … More Turning key objectives into great questions

The Dormant Entrepreneur Within

In April, the six finalists in GFAR and YPARD’s Youth Agripreneur Project headed back to their homes in the four corners of the world after an intense week of orientation and skills building at the GCARD3 Global Event, to embark on their personal adventures–and tackle their particular challenges–in agricultural entrepreneurship. Over the last three months, … More The Dormant Entrepreneur Within

Trinkets and Treasures

In April, the six finalists in GFAR and YPARD’s Youth Agripreneur Project headed back to their homes in the four corners of the world after an intense week of orientation and skills building at the GCARD3 Global Event, to embark on their personal adventures–and tackle their particular challenges–in agricultural entrepreneurship. Over the last three months, … More Trinkets and Treasures

In Search of Gir:  My first Visit to Gujarat and Hyderabad

In April, the six finalists in GFAR and YPARD’s Youth Agripreneur Project headed back to their homes in the four corners of the world after an intense week of orientation and skills building at the GCARD3 Global Event, to embark on their personal adventures–and tackle their particular challenges–in agricultural entrepreneurship. Over the last three months, … More In Search of Gir:  My first Visit to Gujarat and Hyderabad

Getting my startup into the right gear with YAP 2016

Anil Regmi, a young Nepali national with a B.S. in Electronics and Communication Engineering who recently decided to turn to a career in agriculture, had the distinction in March of being selected as one of six finalists in the Youth Agripreneurs Project (YAP). A pilot project co-organized by GFAR and YPARD, YAP provides seed funding, technical mentoring and business … More Getting my startup into the right gear with YAP 2016

Have your say in Global Twitter Chat: ICTs for Sustainable Agriculture and Improving Nutrition

What potential do Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) hold for improving Agriculture and Nutrition? What are the specific challenges in your own country? A “Global Twitter Chat” around these questions will be held by the #GCARD3 Social Media Team. In the spirit of GCARD3 as a global and multi-stakeholder platform, this team represents several regions … More Have your say in Global Twitter Chat: ICTs for Sustainable Agriculture and Improving Nutrition

Plant wisely!

A beautiful plant is like having a friend around the house. Beth Ditto I will tell you something that is not new to any of us. Today, nearly 1 billion people across the world face the problem of undernourishment. Agricultural development organizations do their best to tackle this ‘number one’ issue which is a problem … More Plant wisely!

Brave, bold, open: Launching the Youth Agripreneurs Project

When I joined the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) network as mentoring coordinator in February 2015, I hoped to facilitate a mentoring program that helped YPARD members to be brave, be bold and be open. To be brave because creating a sustainable food system, better youth employment, combating climate change and equalising gender can … More Brave, bold, open: Launching the Youth Agripreneurs Project

Blurred Lines, but a Clear Focus on Sustainable Results

How to ensure sustainability across the entire agri-food chain is a major focus not just for farmers, researchers, and policymakers, but for processors and retailers in the food and beverage industry as well. Sure, it’s a matter of enlightened self-interest, but the relationship between public and private sectors in agriculture is no longer clear-cut, and … More Blurred Lines, but a Clear Focus on Sustainable Results

Capacity building: What’s in it for the smallholder farmer?

It is almost impossible to talk about agriculture without mentioning smallholder farmers. Many smallholders farm under very poor conditions and often lack access to affordable and suitable inputs such as quality seeds and pest control measures which in turn result in very low yields.  Yet, in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa smallholder farmers produce most of the … More Capacity building: What’s in it for the smallholder farmer?

Agripreneurs: The emerging role models

India has a huge research and extension infrastructure for agricultural development. Yet, over 59% of the farm households in India received no assistance from either government or private agricultural extension services during 2013 (NSSO Survey 70th round 2013: Situation Assessment Survey of Agricultural Households in India). Of the 40.6% households who received extension assistance, only … More Agripreneurs: The emerging role models