FAO is organizing an email conference on “The Role of Small Farms Within a Larger Context of Food Security” from 19 March to 9 April 2018. Why? This e-conference is intended to provide further feedback on what has been learned so far from the work in the EU-funded Horizon 2020 research project on “Small Farms, … More Join the FAO e-conference on “The Role of Small Farms Within a Larger Context of Food Security”
What is the future of agricultural research and innovation in Africa? That was the question on all our minds as participants in the training workshop on co-elaborative foresight on the futures of agricultural research and innovations, organized by FARA and GFAR. The training, which took place at the FARA Secretariat in Accra, Ghana on 12th … More What is the Future of Agricultural Research and Innovations in Africa?
Issues around farmers’ rights to data, both in terms of access to data and ownership of data, are crucial to one of the key areas of activity of partners in GFAR: the opening of access to information systems for sharing, transforming and using agricultural knowledge, especially in light of GFAR’s overall approach to putting the smallholder … More Highlights of the international symposium on farmers’ access to data and full video recording
“Territories are spaces of coordination between actors in which new forms of governance are conceived that are conducive to development and to the strengthening of solidarity.” –from Living Territories to Transform the World, Editions Quae, 2017 The Living Territories International Conference held in Montpellier, France from 22-24 January 2018 was a multi-partner event addressing a … More Shifting Down to the Human Scale: Lessons from the Territories approach
Coming on the heels of unprecedented global efforts for women’s rights, equality and justice, International Women’s Day, 8 March, will put a spotlight on the tireless work of activists who have been central to these extraordinary movements worldwide. Under this year’s theme, “Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s Lives”, events around the … More Commemoration of International Women’s Day amidst unprecedented global movement for women’s rights
GFAR and FARA are leading the facilitation of a Collective Action embedding foresight into agricultural research and innovation in Africa. Climate change, population growth and migration are some of the challenges that face the future of agriculture. Caught in the middle of these challenges are smallholder farmers and rural communities who produce a substantial proportion … More #Foresight4Ag: Empowering rural communities to determine their own futures
What is participatory research? Who actually participates in what, and how? Is it only happening in individual countries, in certain projects? If so, how can it be scaled up? What kind of change is needed to make research processes participatory? Is it about attitudes, governance structures, policies, funding channels? What kind of partners and partnerships … More Together is Better – Designing a Collective Action to make research participatory and accountable
Smallholder farmers seldom have a direct voice in shaping policies and understanding of their needs. To celebrate the often unsung work of farming communities, GFAR has commissioned a series of short videos telling the farmers’ stories in their own words. In this second video in the series, farmers in Guatemala relate first-hand their challenges and successes as … More Just released: Farmers’ Right to Seed – Experiences from Guatemala
Across the social sector, we have seen growing interest in bringing a gender lens to social change—from foundations and nonprofits aligning to the Sustainable Development Goals to businesses looking to create shared value. As organizations deepen their gender-related programming and companies invest in gender equity, there is one question that is inevitably raised: how do … More Four Ways to Incorporate a Gender Lens in Your Measurement and Evaluation Efforts
As part of our work on farmers’ rights to data and following up on the face-to-face course on Farmers’ Access to Data organized in Centurion in November 2017, GFAR announces three live webinars and two recorded lessons to make the content of the course available to everybody. The webinars will be co-convened with GODAN and … More GFAR announces webinar series on Farmers’ access to data
GFAR Collective Action Design and Launch Workshop Enhancing participatory processes between Family Farmers, Civil Society/Rural Communities, Research Institutes 20 and 21 February 2018 Bilbao, Spain There are more than 500 million family farms in the world. These farms are owned and/or operated by a family and include many of the world’s poor and disadvantaged peoples … More Collective Action on Family Farming that Values All Partners
What is urgent when the path forward is unclear amidst complex challenges? The paper argues for providing legitimacy to processes where people co-design how they will intervene to adapt for the future, starting now. This implies to support design approaches that engage people who are affected by change, going beyond mere consultation or feedback to … More The Urgency is in the Mirror
The rural workforce in Brazil is getting younger, according to recent research. Meet the Gen-Y agripreneurs changing the face of farming in Brazil. By Raphael Marques da Silva, on behalf of HarvestPlus. The economic crisis in Brazil has chosen millennials–the most apt generation for building the future of the country–as its main victim. According to a … More Will Brazilian Millennials Look to a Future in the Fields?
The challenge of meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) demands collective action among the many stakeholders concerned with agriculture and food research and innovation — whether as farmers or consumers or among those working for international and national research and extension systems, NGOs, higher education, Private Sector, youth organizations and other sectors. Such diverse partners … More GFAR kicks off reform of the Regional Research Forum, AARINENA
Eric Patrick, adaptation specialist at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), presented a new innovative pilot programme in a TED-like ‘Landscape Talk’ at the Global Landscapes Forum in Bonn in December. Patrick began with an analysis of three past water-harvesting projects that seemed to have failed. Fences to manage grazing were removed. Many of … More Multi-functional Landscapes: What is the right approach?
At the recent Africa Agriculture Extension week in Durban, there was a common refrain: “Demand for food in Africa is growing and expected to double by 2050.” This is why we see continued growth and employment opportunities in the agricultural value chain and why agriculture extension—or training– is more important than ever. So what exactly … More To transform agricultural extension, give youth a voice
I got impressed by the virtues of collective actions while reading the GFAR blog post Remembering our collective actions: The unforgettable story of Rinderpest eradication. This infectious disease which was once thought very difficult to control, was nevertheless totally eliminated from the world, thanks to the collective actions. My institution, ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute, among several … More Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) is going to be history, but how?
Chronic or non-communicable diseases are the leading causes of mortality around the globe. Take a look at these staggering figures from the World Health Organization: Of the 56 million deaths in 2015, 40 million or 70 percent were caused by heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes. Most of those illnesses can be prevented. … More How gene banks can contribute to a healthier future
It is big and involves so many processes and actors. Some would even say it’s scary. I’m talking about the food system, or the movement of food from cultivation of crops to disposal of food scraps. “It’s everything and it’s nothing. But the important thing about the food system as a concept and as a … More Sustainable food systems: What it means for CIAT research
Dan Berne and Valeria Pesce In the week of 20-24 November 2017, GFAR convened a course and symposium on Farmers’ access to data in Centurion, South Africa. This event is an example of the activities that GFAR wants to promote towards ensuring that communities determine their own needs and their own future, which is one … More Learning about data for farmers and how it can help to “cross the donga”