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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… Continue reading Shaping the Future of Agriculture and Food Together

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Join the GCARD3 Online Regional Consultation for Africa

The 3rd Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD3) held in Johannesburg (April 5-8, 2016) saw a wide spectrum of stakeholders engaging in dialogues on the over-arching theme ‘No One Left Behind; Agri–food Innovation and Research for a Sustainable World’. Co-hosted by the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), the CGIAR, and the Agricultural… Continue reading Join the GCARD3 Online Regional Consultation for Africa

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Reviving the Agricultural Coordination Mechanism

 “What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.”  -Kurt Vonnegut Youth is a time when a growing generation starts to dream about the future - it is a time to think… Continue reading Reviving the Agricultural Coordination Mechanism

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Innovation Platforms: Why do we need this?

The Central Asia and Caucasus (CAC) region, like many other regions in the world, is facing global transformations, including globalization and localization processes, the development of ICT, changing consumption patterns, ecological decline and resource scarcity, population dynamics, urbanization, and technology development. These drivers of change are interconnected. They will significantly affect the future of agriculture… Continue reading Innovation Platforms: Why do we need this?

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Behind the scenes: The ones who stay in the shadows

"Most of the successful people I've known are the ones who do more listening than talking." -Bernard Baruch There has always been an accepted assumption that in national, regional and international events, the primary focus should be on the speakers and not on those who listen. The thing is, it should be taken into account.… Continue reading Behind the scenes: The ones who stay in the shadows

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Salinity: Live with it or Fight it?

The story of food security is as old as humanity, which some believe started over 10,000 years ago. Since that time, people have worked hard to ensure their food security especially as they availed of solutions thanks to more modern scientific and technology progress as can be seen in recent history. In recent years, many… Continue reading Salinity: Live with it or Fight it?

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A spoonful of gold, anyone?

“I am not a cow!”, - I was proudly informed by one of my Kyrgyz colleagues several year ago, refusing the offered salad. “Neither am I,” - I answered, chewing on. Traditional Kyrgyz cuisine consists, almost exclusively, of bread, milk, and meat - boiled and fried in different combinations. Kyrgyz people proudly claim that they… Continue reading A spoonful of gold, anyone?

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And who will feed us?

"70% of young people in Tajikistan are choosing to enter the legal profession, or want to become doctors, economists, bankers or programmers... And who will feed our people?"- said Dr. Amonullo Salimov, the rector of Shirinsho Shotemur, the Tajik Agrarian University. During the coffee break at the #GCARD3 Regional Consultation for Central Asia and the… Continue reading And who will feed us?

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Kyrgyz Haricot: To bean or not to bean?

It was indeed a question during the second day of the #GCARD3 Regional Consultation for Central Asia and the Caucasus. During the plenary discussion that focused on food security and nutrition issues in agriculture, Nurbek Omuraliev, who is a representative of Kyrgyzistan’s Academy of Science, asked presenters  how best bean crops could be included into… Continue reading Kyrgyz Haricot: To bean or not to bean?

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Is Small still Beautiful?

There are rare moments, at any conference, when a speaker makes a statement, and you feel everyone in the room holding their breath. It’s like you feel the tension in the room raising... This was one of those moments... "Small is no longer beautiful" said Dr. Shenggen Fan from the International Food Policy and Research… Continue reading Is Small still Beautiful?

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And then I asked a question…

There I was, a young agriculturalist, amongst two hundred senior specialists. I had a question, raised my hand, and took the microphone. For a moment I thought: “Nizami, what are you doing?” But my curiosity got the better of me. Even though my hands were sweating and my voice was trembling. So, what was the… Continue reading And then I asked a question…