It was an historical moment the world over, when Rinderpest—the dreaded animal disease also known as Cattle plague—was finally eradicated in 2011. This is a remarkable success story, being the first animal disease eradicated in human history and the second among all diseases inflicting humans and livestock, after smallpox. The 10,000-yr-old rinderpest virus (RPV) had … More Remembering our collective actions: The unforgettable story of Rinderpest eradication
There is no greater blessing than giving birth. When a new life comes into existence, as people we rejoice. In some cultures, especially in Africa, the whole community is so happy they make a feast to celebrate the new life. By the same token it’s such a joy to see the birth of seed enterprises … More Giving Birth to Seed Enterprises
The development community, with some notable exceptions, is waking up to the absurdity of measuring only their inputs and outputs like the number of farmers trained or the number of hectares certified as “farmed sustainably”. In many cases, missing is the measurement that matters most: what positive (or negative) difference did their efforts make for the … More The Shifting State of Sustainability: Can the private sector really deliver a public good?
“Is our talk aggressive enough?” was a provocation disguised as a question from an audience member during the CFS44 side event, Key achievements in the fight against climate change in light of the 2012 HLPE recommendations. Indeed, the data looks dire, and the threats are well…threatening. Clearly there is an urgency to act as food security … More More walking, less talking
How would you feel if everything that you worked for and all that you owned were to be taken away from you? Well this is the sad reality that many farmers around the world face, as they often do not own the land they work on. Issues such as wars, civic, ethnic and religious conflicts, … More Out from under your feet
Agriculture is under threat—its sustainability is a big challenge for us all. Many options are being tried to make agricultural practices sustainable, and organic agriculture is one among them. The multiple features of organic agriculture that contribute to food security and help in achieving the SDGs were discussed at the side event on “Increasing food security through sustainable agricultural … More Go Organic, Stay Healthy and Sustainable!
Climate change has tremendous impacts on the agricultural sector, which increasingly needs new technologies and other innovations to ensure food security and wellbeing for those who depend on it. On the second day of CFS44, I attended a side event hosted by the World Farmers’ Organization and the New Zealand and Canadian Governments on the … More Good partnership for good stewardship in the agricultural sector
We have been cutting trees to plant food crops, since the beginning of time. Forest cover loss is a major contributor to climate change – the biggest challenge of our times. So, we won’t save the world without saving forests. However, while the connection between forests and climate is very well recognized, agriculture is an … More Why good policies and public funding (only) won’t change the world
….”Peace”, “partnerships”, “projects”, “production”, “perspectives”, “participation” and “passion”, to name just a few. I don’t think I’ve ever heard so many ‘p’ words together in my life! This was no English class on alliteration but instead a side event on How Cross-Sectoral Partnerships Help Smallholders Deliver a More Food Secure Future held at CFS44 organised by CABI, IFAD, CropLife International and … More The many P’s of Partnership
About one third of all food produced today—some 1.7 billion tonnes—is lost or wasted along the value chain. In developing countries, this occurs mainly in the postharvest phase due to lack of adequate infrastructure. In developed countries, wastage occurs mainly at the retail and consumption levels due to constraining regulations and unsustainable consumption patterns. (Gustavsson … More What a Waste
“Partnership is like the dark matter of the universe. We all know it’s there but, we are not exactly sure what it is made of.” Nick Perkins The term public–private partnership is not a new buzz word in the development sector and trying to paint a picture of the exact time it was introduced will … More Public-Private-Peasant-Partnership: Who needs who?
Today, the thought of smoking in an office seems fabulously anachronistic, probably even to smokers. In fact, cigarette smoking has dropped by about two-thirds in the past fifty years. An article by the Huffington Post identifies the five main reasons why smoking has declined so dramatically: young people at center of prevention efforts; anti-smoking laws; increased tax on … More Sugarcoating the facts?
On the surface at least, modern foods systems appear to be astonishingly diverse. A person walking into a supermarket almost anywhere in the world can be overwhelmed by the profusion of choices. The productivity of our food systems is also impressive: between 1961 and 2001, crop yields more than doubled in all regions of the … More Nourishing diversity in our food systems
“What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action”, said Meister Eckhart, the German Philosopher. Truly said, “Soil is where food begins”. This session of CFS#44 was all about being more responsible to protect and sustain soil health. The importance of soil in our life and environment was … More Get on the soil train…
Everyone knows forests are home to a wealth of biodiversity, with the Amazon alone hosting a quarter of global biodiversity. It is also now well established that diversity in crop production increases a farmer’s resilience to environmental stresses and shocks – from extreme weather to pests. In terms of ending poverty, food insecurity and environmental degradation, … More At loggerheads over agroforestry
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. A school meal a day keeps the doctor, police and human rights lawyer at bay. Children all over the world, especially in the poorer countries or conflict territories go to school without the benefit of a proper meal or a meal, period. A school meal can often … More Feed them or Fail them
“I started with just 100 chickens”, begins Mr Jean Claude Ruzibiza He goes on to explain how from small beginnings he has now become Managing Director of Rwanda Best, a farm producing 4,500 eggs a day and growing fruit and veg to satisfy a significant part of nearby Kigali’s hungry population. With malnutrition in the world … More The chicken or the egg?
Do you eat? Do you feel pain? Are you a human? If yes, please feel free to read further. During a side event at this year’s CFS44 IPES-Foodand Global Alliance for the Future of Foodpresented their “hot of the press” report on “Unravelling the Food-Health Nexus”. The report addresses practices, political economy and power relations needed to build … More We can all play doctors in the “Food – Health Nexus”
GFAR partners CGIAR, GODAN (Global Open Data Initiative for Agriculture and Nutrition) and Asociación Andes, through a GFAR Collective Action supported by GFAR Secretariat, organized on 19 September 2017 a second webinar on the topic of Farmers’ Rights. The webinar was an opportunity to exchange information and best practices on how researchers and smallholder farmers … More Webinar Wrap-up: Farmers’ Rights: How Complementarity between Researchers and Farmers Impact the Conservation of Genetic Diversity, Food Security and Livelihoods of the Poor
We, as communications folks, are often too shy. We do extra-ordinary things, but either we don’t realize it ourselves, or are too timid to showcase them. And yet, others might learn from our experience. In the next GFAR webinar, we want to showcase “Communications Success Stories”: projects we have done, and made us proud, while … More GFAR Webinar showcasing “Communications Success Stories”