Turning key objectives into great questions

In April, the six finalists in GFAR and YPARD’s Youth Agripreneur Project headed back to their homes in the four corners of the world after an intense week of orientation and skills building at the GCARD3 Global Event, to embark on their personal adventures–and tackle their particular challenges–in agricultural entrepreneurship. Over the last three months, … More Turning key objectives into great questions

Social Business: an opportunity to capture the benefits of multi-functional agriculture

This article authored by Prof Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Laureate 2006, was originally published on the World Farmers’ Organization (WFO) website and is featured in the August 2016 issue of their F@rmletter. Rude Awakening We are living in a time of unparalleled prosperity, fueled in part by revolutions in knowledge, science, and technology, particularly information … More Social Business: an opportunity to capture the benefits of multi-functional agriculture

Trust that Works

Business relationships must be based on trust, as I was reminded last week in southwestern Nigeria. While developing some training videos on milk with the Fulani people, we discussed trust almost daily. The fact that the Fulani openly addressed this, was in itself some suggestion of the trust they put in me and my wife … More Trust that Works

More investment could make agriculture the “game-changer”

Africa must work hard to increase agriculture production to reduce poverty and promote economic growth, says Dr Chiji Ojukwu, Director of the Agriculture and Agro-Industry Department, at the African Development Bank (AfDB). This was Dr Ojukwu’s message to participants attending the 7th Africa Agriculture Science Week in Kigali Rwanda. Through advocacy efforts and investment, Africa … More More investment could make agriculture the “game-changer”

Brave, bold, open: Launching the Youth Agripreneurs Project

When I joined the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) network as mentoring coordinator in February 2015, I hoped to facilitate a mentoring program that helped YPARD members to be brave, be bold and be open. To be brave because creating a sustainable food system, better youth employment, combating climate change and equalising gender can … More Brave, bold, open: Launching the Youth Agripreneurs Project

Agripreneurs: The emerging role models

India has a huge research and extension infrastructure for agricultural development. Yet, over 59% of the farm households in India received no assistance from either government or private agricultural extension services during 2013 (NSSO Survey 70th round 2013: Situation Assessment Survey of Agricultural Households in India). Of the 40.6% households who received extension assistance, only … More Agripreneurs: The emerging role models

“Research for development without an uptake pathway is dead research…..”

The future of agriculture faces many challenges. Climate change, food and nutrition security, environmental degradation and population growth, all point to the urgent need for greater investment in agri-food research and innovation, yet funding is being diverted elsewhere to meet other development needs.  So how does the sector ensure it get its fair share? Dr … More “Research for development without an uptake pathway is dead research…..”