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

YAP Proposal #88: Aquaphyto Biofertilizer Production Unit (Marjan Varmazyar, Iran)

Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) has officially started its activities as an international movement since 2006. The main purpose of this movement is to make the efficient use of the potentials of young professionals, in an association, for sharing their innovative ideas worldwide. Besides, empowering the youth to participate in national and regional decisions … More YAP Proposal #88: Aquaphyto Biofertilizer Production Unit (Marjan Varmazyar, Iran)

If agriculture is an aging profession, we need to make some changes!

Ask a young person what they wish for their future, and very few will mention agriculture. Whether as a farmer, researcher or extension officer, the production of food tends to be a last resort, not the positive choice of an ambitious young man or woman. This of course raises a fundamental question: who will grow … More If agriculture is an aging profession, we need to make some changes!

GCARD2: Young professionals “Make Agriculture Cool Again”

The story of a dream, a nightmare and a wish… Video: Social media can be more than “a means”. It can be “a purpose” too.   The dream by Enrica Porcari, GCARD2 Communications coordinator As we planned communication activities for GCARD2, we wanted more than ‘ tell a story’. We wanted to advocate the cause … More GCARD2: Young professionals “Make Agriculture Cool Again”

Agriculture and forestry: mainstreaming research findings that work for communities

Partnerships are fundamental to conducting research. Douglas Sheil/CIFOR PUNTA DEL ESTE, Uruguay (12 November 2012)_Small-scale farmers in many tropical nations depend primarily on their crops for survival, but without additional income generated by nearby forests, they would often be unable to weather through the hard times. This is why agricultural and forestry institutions should partner … More Agriculture and forestry: mainstreaming research findings that work for communities

Brazil: Innovation and smallholder partnership provides nutritious foods to school children

Experts who gathered at the Second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD2) in Uruguay say they want to march into a future where agricultural research remains fast paced, innovation ratchets up production, and the welfare of small-scale farmers is assured. They call for a science that not only fuels development but improves the … More Brazil: Innovation and smallholder partnership provides nutritious foods to school children

South-South exchange: Adapting ahipa in Africa

Researchers from the International Potato Center (CIP) are working in Benin for a project designed to introduce ahipa, a highly nutritious root crop originating in the Andes of South America, as a promising food staple in drought-prone regions of Central and Western Africa. They are discovering that beyond its potential as a healthy food alternative … More South-South exchange: Adapting ahipa in Africa

Appropriate knowledge for smallholder farmers will make the world more food secure

Millions of food insecure farmers could improve their yields, incomes and resilience if they have access to the appropriate information and knowledge which further helps them make informed choices about their farm. Yet, despite  many new information and communication technologies (ICT) and successful pilot initiatives, reaching out to these farmers with the right information at … More Appropriate knowledge for smallholder farmers will make the world more food secure

Building pathways to nutrition

Helen Keller International reflects on GCARD 2 Household Nutrition Security session. I’d like to commend GFAR for including the panels on pathways to nutrition in the conference agenda. It is an important development for GCARD–not least, for the fact that a nutrition-sensitive agriculture also helps maintain attention focused on the critical gender issues that are also … More Building pathways to nutrition

Growing coffee and bananas generates 50% more revenue for farmers

What do coffee and banana have in common? One is a cash crop and the other is a food crop. According to scientists working at increasing food production to enhance food security to meet the growing population and adapt to climate change, the two crops make a perfect marriage. A study by the International Institute … More Growing coffee and bananas generates 50% more revenue for farmers

Global food production: recalibrate or die

The vast “corn belt” of the Midwestern United States, the “amber waves” of wheat in India’s Punjab region, and the rice paddies of Southeast Asia – iconic landscapes that could disappear before too long. Our three most valuable calorie sources are all in peril from the negative effects of climate change. Maize yields tend to … More Global food production: recalibrate or die

Capacity strengthening program strengthens passion for helping others, too

Msekiwa Matsimbe is not afraid to get her feet wet, whether mingling with a crowd of international policy leaders and experts in agricultural research for development or netting fish specimens in the rivers and lakes of her native Malawi. At age 27, she may be one of the younger faces in the crowd, but she … More Capacity strengthening program strengthens passion for helping others, too

For the record…

“We want GCARD to become a real process, not just an event,” said Monty Jones of FARA-Ghana, in his role as chair of the Outcomes Session on the final day of the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD2). That means holding the participants and organizers – especially GFAR and the CGIAR – of … More For the record…

Global Conference Sets Priorities for Future of Agricultural Research for Development

More than 600 global participants highlight the need for foresight, investment and partnerships to meet future agricultural targets. Punta del Este, Uruguay: On the closing day of the Second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD2), leading experts in the global agricultural research community outlined clear steps for maximising the future impact of scientific … More Global Conference Sets Priorities for Future of Agricultural Research for Development

No partnership = no foresight = no food.

One of the best examples of the inter-connectedness of the three themes for this year’s Gobal Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD2) is the Global Foresight Hub, re-introduced on Wednesday by Joost Vervoort of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). Vervoort’s take home message? You can have all … More No partnership = no foresight = no food.