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 As one in a series of GFAR webinars, the Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP), a Partner in GFAR, in collaboration with the … More GFAR Webinar – Agents of Change in Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation: The Value of Facilitators

Social scientists can improve the impact of agricultural research

As one of the panelists, I attended a discussion on “Strengthening Social Science and Policy Research” hosted by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)’s South Asia Office and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) at the 24th Annual AERA Conference held at the ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute in Izatnagar (India) on 17 December 2016. … More Social scientists can improve the impact of agricultural research

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?

A library of over 400 information products has grown out of a soil project in Africa

Last week, on 5 December, a global celebration took place that aims to connect people with soils and raise awareness about their critical importance in our lives—World Soil Day. During GFAR’s partner spotlight this week, CABI would like to share with you how a unique library of promotional materials has grown out of a soil … More A library of over 400 information products has grown out of a soil project in Africa

Alien hunters in Indonesia – protecting natural parks and forest ecosystems in SE Asia

Forests and natural parks, and the native biodiversity they support, have been significantly affected by invasive species in SE Asia. Invasive species do not only negatively affect the environment, they also affect human health and the livelihoods of people who directly depend on forest resources for food, income and energy. For example, the Baluran National … More Alien hunters in Indonesia – protecting natural parks and forest ecosystems in SE Asia

Invasive species – telling the story of the hidden threat to livelihoods

Millions of people living in rural communities around the world face problems with invasive species –animals, diseases, insects and plants – that are out of control and have resulted in damage costing more than an estimated US $1.4 trillion globally (Pimentel et al 2001). Yet, while we may have heard about the threats of losing … More Invasive species – telling the story of the hidden threat to livelihoods

Measuring progress in the Decade of Action on Nutrition

Right now, as the International Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition is convened at FAO to discuss actions on nutrition to be delivered during the Decade, country governments and stakeholders are being challenged, under Sub-theme 3 of the Symposium, to implement Measures to Strengthen Accountability, Resilience and Equity within Food … More Measuring progress in the Decade of Action on Nutrition

The Effect of Producer Organizations on Farmer Performance

Over the years, the Committee on Sustainable Assessment (COSA) has conducted dozens of experimental and quasi-experiment impact assessments in countries around the world.  COSA employs the most rigorous methodologies available to better understand the social, economic and environmental impacts of agriculture in the belief that credible evidence of what works and what does not will … More The Effect of Producer Organizations on Farmer Performance

Paris Climate Agreement Enters Into Force: What Does This Mean For Food And Agriculture?

  The Paris Climate Agreement entered into force last week, heralding a major milestone in international action on climate change, and an ambitious target to contain global temperature rise to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, in this century. Over 100 countries, which account for nearly 70% of global emissions, have ratified the Agreement, and … More Paris Climate Agreement Enters Into Force: What Does This Mean For Food And Agriculture?

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

Agriculture and nutrition need to be addressed together rather than separately. Well, of course, that seems obvious, right? Except that, over time the division between the two has grown. It is clear that multi-sectoral approaches are required to tackle both for better nutrition and sustainable diets. As the African proverb suggests, to ‘go far’ we … More “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

Smallholders and agribusiness: boxing match or friendly chat?

Agriculture is about everyone. How food is produced is of no interest to you unless you’re going to eat,” Nettie Wiebe, La Via Campesina. All of us eat, so all of us should care about agriculture. The way we tackle this issue, though, depends on which corner we’re in. If you work in the private … More Smallholders and agribusiness: boxing match or friendly chat?

¿Quiénes son los “Transfarmers”?

Al igual que los Transformers (como los de la película), que pueden cambiar de forma para cumplir distintas tareas, la pequeña agricultura puede también transformarse para cumplir diversas funciones, más allá de su rol de productor de alimentos. En la sesión de apertura del Comité Global de Seguridad Alimentaria N°43 (#CFS43), Elizabeth Mpfou, pequeña agricultora … More ¿Quiénes son los “Transfarmers”?

Organic solutions to climate change

Organic farming, as a practice that preserves and conserves the natural resources, is also a good strategy in adapting to our biggest agricultural challenge: climate change. The start of the 43rd Committee on World Food Security was a significant  moment in the history of agriculture. Not only because many so many agricultural leaders gathered to … More Organic solutions to climate change

Today’s special on the CFS menu: Nutrition

Egypt takes the lead in advancing the nutrition portfolio On Wednesday 19th of October, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) was to make some key decisions on advancing nutrition. Egypt has played a leading role in the CFS’s engagement in this area. As an Egyptian, I was particularly interested in knowing more about the … More Today’s special on the CFS menu: Nutrition