YPARD presence at GCARD3 Social Media Training in Bangkok

“Peter Casier is now delivering the introduction to social media #GCARD3” This was the first tweet about GCARD3 Social Media Training, tweeted by Ratih (@ratatatih) on 7th, December 2015, in Bangkok, Thailand. This training organized by GFAR, covered an overview of all social media tools, their use for nonprofit causes and how to put all these … More YPARD presence at GCARD3 Social Media Training in Bangkok

Social media training – the way (aha, aha) I like it…

Bangkok, December 7 2015. 08:30 AM. I look at an empty room. The video projector is humming softly, the WiFi is tested, and the coffee is ready. Within half an hour, this room will be filled with 21 people. All are social media trainees for the “High Level Policy Dialogue on Investment in Agricultural Research … More Social media training – the way (aha, aha) I like it…

Putting the case for more investment on the table

Many researchers discuss innovative funding mechanisms to increase finance for agricultural research. Then again, what are the expectations around the impact of investment in agricultural research and innovation that need to be placed on the table? At the High Level Policy Dialogue in Bangkok earlier this month, Chris Jackson, Lead Economist on Agriculture Global Practice … More Putting the case for more investment on the table

“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…..”

The revolution happens in the hallway and over half-empty cups of tea

Exiting one of the sessions at the High Level Policy Dialogue, I saw a group of nine men and women clustered around two men off to the side. The group spoke with great animation, and I felt an excitement as soon as I stepped into the circle. What were they discussing? Could it be that … More The revolution happens in the hallway and over half-empty cups of tea

Is there no cause to disrupt current systems?

“Enough of the jargon, enough of the hierarchies, enough of the competition amongst us. Let us collaborate and serve those who we claim to be serving ,” said Mark Holderness, Executive Secretary of Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) as the High Level Policy Dialogue came to a close. Is this a call for a … More Is there no cause to disrupt current systems?

How do we involve youth in agriculture? Eh – wait – what was that again?

At the High Level Policy Dialogue in Bangkok this week, I put this question to the speakers:  “How will you (policy makers, scientists, members of the academia) encourage youth to get involved in agriculture?” Unfortunately, I didn’t hear the response –  my heart was beating so loudly and rapidly after asking that question that my … More How do we involve youth in agriculture? Eh – wait – what was that again?

Climate-Smart Agriculture: the key to a happy marriage?

Climate and agriculture seem to have a love-hate relationship, but if sustainable actions are adopted, then there may be a chance for the two to co-exist happily enough. This relationship was the subject of much discussion by experts at the High Level Policy Dialogue on Investment in Agricultural Research for Sustainable Development in Asia and … More Climate-Smart Agriculture: the key to a happy marriage?

To App or not to App?

Apps and other forms of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) seem to be cropping up everywhere. Like the most ambitious of weeds, new ones appear almost daily. As a result, people may find it hard to sort out the junk from the gems, especially when it comes to sustainable agricultural development. While smartphones and other … More To App or not to App?

Investment on agricultural research fails to shine

The global divestment in agricultural research is quite startling when one considers how important agricultural production has been as a driver of growth in the developing world. Many countries in Asia are underinvesting in agricultural research. Cambodia, Lao PDR and Pakistan invest less than 0.20 percent of their AgGDP in agricultural research, which is clearly … More Investment on agricultural research fails to shine

Let’s get smart

Climate change, food security and agriculture. It’s a hot topic –  no more so than at the High Level Policy Dialogue on Investment in Agricultural Research for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific. Agriculture is a vulnerable sector and countries with the least ability to adapt to climate change are the ones who are … More Let’s get smart