GFAR: Catalyzing change through networked actions

GFAR is truly a multi-stakeholder body. GFAR involves everyone from farmers to upstream science, public, private and civil society all working together in dealing with issues of the complex, ‘wicked’ problems of agriculture, food and rural development. These are issues that require multiple actors, who may often hold fundamentally opposed views, to work together in … More GFAR: Catalyzing change through networked actions

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

Have your say in Global Twitter Chat: ICTs for Sustainable Agriculture and Improving Nutrition

What potential do Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) hold for improving Agriculture and Nutrition? What are the specific challenges in your own country? A “Global Twitter Chat” around these questions will be held by the #GCARD3 Social Media Team. In the spirit of GCARD3 as a global and multi-stakeholder platform, this team represents several regions … More Have your say in Global Twitter Chat: ICTs for Sustainable Agriculture and Improving Nutrition

Plant wisely!

A beautiful plant is like having a friend around the house. Beth Ditto I will tell you something that is not new to any of us. Today, nearly 1 billion people across the world face the problem of undernourishment. Agricultural development organizations do their best to tackle this ‘number one’ issue which is a problem … More Plant wisely!

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

Blurred Lines, but a Clear Focus on Sustainable Results

How to ensure sustainability across the entire agri-food chain is a major focus not just for farmers, researchers, and policymakers, but for processors and retailers in the food and beverage industry as well. Sure, it’s a matter of enlightened self-interest, but the relationship between public and private sectors in agriculture is no longer clear-cut, and … More Blurred Lines, but a Clear Focus on Sustainable Results

Capacity building: What’s in it for the smallholder farmer?

It is almost impossible to talk about agriculture without mentioning smallholder farmers. Many smallholders farm under very poor conditions and often lack access to affordable and suitable inputs such as quality seeds and pest control measures which in turn result in very low yields.  Yet, in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa smallholder farmers produce most of the … More Capacity building: What’s in it for the smallholder farmer?

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

Agriculture, Science, and the Art of KISS-ing

A great man once said, “Scientists are inherently crappy communicators”, and as someone who has one foot in both worlds, I can definitely say that this is true. Scientists, especially those that come from the hard-core world of science where I lurk, have this inherent need to “talk shop”, no matter who they are talking … More Agriculture, Science, and the Art of KISS-ing

Personal Reflections on the GFAR Partner Assembly and GCARD3 meetings in Johannesburg South Africa

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of attending the GCARD3 Global Event – a conference that really enabled me, as a farmer and farmers’ organization representative, to feel that we were making a difference. I step back just a bit to explain that over the past few years I’ve had the opportunity to participate … More Personal Reflections on the GFAR Partner Assembly and GCARD3 meetings in Johannesburg South Africa

A Little Fish in the Open Ocean: Thoughts of a Budding Bug Buff

Let me begin this blog by saying this: at no point during the whole GCARD3 conference did it feel like any of this was actually happening to me. Not when I was stepping into the plane leaving from Manila to Dubai, not when I landed in the O.R. Tambo International Airport, not when I was … More A Little Fish in the Open Ocean: Thoughts of a Budding Bug Buff

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 … More Join the GCARD3 Online Regional Consultation for Africa

Truly Leaving No One Behind

Is ‘leaving no one behind’ a truly inclusive statement? If so, what about people living with impairments or disabilities? The overarching theme of the Third Global Conference for Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD 3) was ‘No one left behind: Agri–food Innovation and Research for a Sustainable World‘. During the conference there was increased recognition of the need … More Truly Leaving No One Behind

Make Your Move

It was beyond my wildest dreams: being part of the Global Forum for Agricultural Research (GFAR) Partner Assembly and delivering a keynote speech at the Third Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD3). The experience at GCARD3 was more surreal than I thought it would be. There were approximately 512 passionate and brilliant delegates at the … More Make Your Move