Family farmers in the West Bank are growing high value crops such as almonds and apricots on once-barren hillsides, seeing their incomes rise by 80 per cent or more. About 36,000 people have taken part in an IFAD-funded natural resource management programme, which prioritized terracing, fencing, irrigation, rock removal and other techniques to reclaim and … More Almonds and apricots flower on once-barren land
In western Madagascar, IFAD-supported projects have been helping people in rural areas gain legal rights to their land – a key tactic in the fight against poverty. When smallholder farmers own their land, they can use it as collateral to access credit. Land ownership also gives them more incentives to invest in better farming techniques … More Rural poor people in Madagascar strengthen resilience through land tenure
In rural communities in northern Laos, an IFAD supported programme is using a television soap opera to help tackle extreme poverty and malnutrition. As villagers follow the fortunes of their favourite characters in My Happy Family, they are also learning how to choose healthy locally grown ingredients to create tasty, nutritious meals for the children … More Boosting nutrition one TV show at a time in Laos
An IFAD-supported programme in Nigeria is helping to reduce dependence on imported rice and strengthening the access of smallholder farmers to local markets. Every year, Africa spends some US$35 billion on food imports, undermining the sustainability of its own agriculture sector. This overreliance on food imports is partly due to the inferior quality of much … More Reducing rice imports helps smallholder farmers in Nigeria
Forests are not the first thing that comes to mind when you think about food security. Sure, it’s fun to go mushroom picking, but otherwise what is the big deal about the role of forests in food security? Why is this year’s High Level Panel of Experts Report (HLPE), the science-policy interface of the UN … More What do forests have to do with food security? A glance at this year’s HLPE Report
Ever tried an African pear? Or a bush mango? Or a tree tomato? Or, perhaps, a custard apple? African pear, or butterfruit, is 48% oil and can be processed into a spread that can be used as a natural plant-based substitute for margarine. Packed with a set of fatty acids, bush mango is rich in … More Forgotten fruit always tastes better
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) highlight 17 important issues that humanity needs to address in order to improve the lives of millions. Trees have a role to play in many development issues, and are closely linked to the SDG #15 “Life on land”. Apart from being a major mechanism for climate mitigation, forestry is … More Growing money on trees in Africa, a conversation with Björn Lundgren
What better way to show the commitment of a group of individuals to a cause than to tell their story with their own pictures and words? Let’s start at the beginning… “On a sunny Tuesday morning in June, we (members of the GFAR Steering Committee) gathered on an agricultural cooperative on the outskirts of Rome. … More Designing the Future of GFAR: Common Values and Commitment Required
Research suggests that the way people use and manage forests is largely shaped by gender norms and relations. But how exactly? Linley Chiwona-Karltun, researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU, and Ngolia Kimanzu, advisor at Salvation Army, share insights from their ongoing research about the role of gender in the use of forest … More Are women better at taking care of forests than men?
For generations, upland communities of Vietnam, Thailand and Nepal relied on fruits, nuts, mushrooms and berries gathered in forests when harvests were low, and let their fields lie fallow, allowing soil to rebound. However, with agricultural development and forest management evolving as discrete policy areas, these communities were denied access to forests in the interests … More In a bind: How policy divide between forestry and farming can result in poverty and hunger
Smallholder farmers are at the heart of the informal seed system as both custodians and innovators of important crop genetic diversity. Their rights have been recognized globally, through the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, as a counter balance to the rights of commercial breeders in the formal seed system. However … More Webinar Wrap-up: Farmers’ Rights: Achieving Complementarity between the Informal and Formal Seed Systems
New studies released by CIAT and partners show that, given the vast amount of carbon stored our soils, small management changes could have tremendous impacts, offsetting greenhouse gas emissions. “We’re at the forefront of understanding how we can make the most of soils to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere,” said Rolf Sommer, principal soil … More Sink it or lose it: the carbon trade-off
GFAR partner LI-BIRD demonstrates the force of collective action in enhancing the resilience of rural communities Rampur, Dang, Nepal. A typical farming community in western Nepal, close to the fertile Terai plains. Yet like rural communities everywhere, the inhabitants of Rampur are facing challenges to their livelihood. Agriculture is largely subsistence-based and very volatile; alterations … More A South Asian Success story
This week marks the launch of the new CGIAR research portfolio. Izabella Koziell, Program Director, lays out the ambitions of the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE). We face a familiar challenge Global food demand is growing and is projected to, by 2050, increase by at least 60% above 2006 levels. In … More Why is sustainability not yet second nature?
CGIAR has launched its new research portfolio, comprised of 11 Research Programs and 3 Platforms, that represents the second generation of CGIAR’s multidimensional work streams. The CGIAR Portfolio 2017-2022 aims to reducing rural poverty, improve food and nutrition security and improve natural resources and ecosystem services. It maintains momentum in selected areas while placing renewed … More CGIAR Portfolio 2017-2022 – Transforming global agriculture and food systems
GFAR is pleased to invite you to the webinar: Farmers’ Rights: Achieving Complementarity Between the Informal and Formal Seed Systems Date: 30 May 2017 Time: 15:00 Rome time (GMT+2) Duration: 2 hours max Registration open As one of the series of GFAR webinars, GFAR Secretariat is bringing together several presenters to engage the agri-food research … More GFAR Webinar- Farmers’ Rights: Achieving Complementarity Between the Informal and Formal Seed Systems
Have you ever wondered how you could reach a wider audience with news of how your organization is a part of the GFAR mission to transform agri-food research and innovation? Have you wished you could highlight your work with partners as a concentrated online burst, not just the occasional cross post on a website or blog? … More A week in the life – share and celebrate your work as a Partner in GFAR
Creating viable rural futures is essential to food security and national stability Today marks the start of the Global Food Security Symposium, a platform for discussion about the international community’s achievements in addressing global food insecurity. Organised annually by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the theme for this year’s Symposium “Stability in the 21st … More Cross-sectoral Collaboration is Key
Ready for a challenge? Up to now, our GFAR webinars have concentrated on how to use communications for outreach and marketing,… But in our professional field, “communications” runs much deeper than “promotion” and “raising awareness”. In the next two webinars we will challenge ourselves. We will dive into the deep end, to shed some light … More “Challenging Development and Research Communications” – two more GFAR webinars.
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 REGISTRATION CLOSED As one in a series of GFAR webinars, the Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP), a Partner in GFAR, in collaboration … More GFAR Webinar – Agents of Change in Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation: The Value of Facilitators