GFAR blog, Partnerships for impact

Sugarcoating the facts?

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… Continue reading Sugarcoating the facts?

GFAR blog, Partnerships for impact

Nourishing diversity in our food systems

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… Continue reading Nourishing diversity in our food systems

GFAR blog, Research in society

Lumberjills and Lumberjacks: Building Sweden with women at the table

“What happens to forests will be largely shaped by what happens outside of forests…”  Linda Andersson (Policy Officer, Vi-Agroforestry) So we know that Sweden is the country that brought us Ikea and Abba. But did you know that Sweden is also one of the world’s largest producers of timber? Around 68% of this beautiful land… Continue reading Lumberjills and Lumberjacks: Building Sweden with women at the table

Accountability for actions

The tradeoffs of indigenous and community land right promotion

“All this is a long-term process, but we keep having the commitment and look forward that the guidelines will definitely help to improve the land access of indigenous people”. It is in these terms that Mrs. Marcela Villarreal, Director of Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development – ‎(FAO) concluded her intervention at the CFS44 side event… Continue reading The tradeoffs of indigenous and community land right promotion

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At loggerheads over agroforestry

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,… Continue reading At loggerheads over agroforestry

GFAR blog, Research in society

If Einstein had been a farmer

In a world of climate change, food insecurity and rapid urbanization, just try to imagine for a few minutes what Albert Einstein would be doing if he were a young farmer nowadays. Considering that obviously, the world has dramatically changed over the last 100 years since the “Theory of relativity” was developed. "What do today’s… Continue reading If Einstein had been a farmer

GFAR blog, Research in society

The gender agenda, a vortex of misunderstandings?

Oftentimes the talks about gender feel like a good old fight: Each of the sides seems so deeply blinded by their own hurt and sure of their righteousness, that none of them wishes to hear out the other side of the story. Lost in quarrels and power struggles, some diverge paths. Others manage to find… Continue reading The gender agenda, a vortex of misunderstandings?

GFAR blog, Partnerships for impact

We can all play doctors in the “Food – Health Nexus”

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… Continue reading We can all play doctors in the “Food – Health Nexus”