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21/10/2016

We are pleased to send you the October issue of the GFAR Update!

The 2016 Partners’ Assembly of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) has decided to create a new Steering Committee for GFAR, one that is representative of all sectors, and which truly reflects the diversity of stakeholders in agricultural research and innovation around the world.

Next week, we will ask the Partners in GFAR to identify who, from among the Partners in GFAR from their sector, they wish to have represent their perspectives and interests in the new Steering Committee, the body that sets and drives the agenda for GFAR each year.

We look forward to your participation and involvement in this unique global forum. There is still time for nominations!

If you wish to be nominated, or to nominate another organization, to represent your interests and concerns, it is necessary for your organization to first be registered as a Partner in GFAR. 

Register today at http://www.gfar.net/about-us/be-a-partner

 

GFAR is an open and inclusive movement for change, open to all who share in our common purpose of advocating for, and catalyzing Collective Actions to strengthen and transform agri-food research and innovation systems, so that they are more effective in sustainable development. GFAR Update is a briefing service from the GFAR Secretariat. Our aim is to keep you regularly informed and aware of new initiatives and collective actions of the Partners in GFAR around the world, so that these can have greater reach and impact for those we serve - in particular small farmers and producers.

 

GFAR helps get YPARD members talking about food security at #CFS43

Under the theme Making a Difference in Food Security and Nutrition, the 43rd session of the Committee on World Food Security looks at discussing and adopting policies that will propel the sustainable agenda and the food security agenda Sustainable Agricultural...
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Agriculture has big role to play in curbing greenhouse gas emissions

The pledge to eradicate hunger and poverty must go hand in hand with rapid transformations of farming and food systems to cope with a warmer world, FAO said today in a new report. Agriculture, including forestry, fisheries and livestock production,...
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Trust, togetherness and tea: Adding value back into collaboration

“Collaboration” is a pretty simple concept, isn’t it? We all know what being “inclusive” means. Or do we? Words get tossed around and jargon changes over time, but we would all agree that we come together as development practitioners because...
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The New Development Paradigm

Investing in agriculture is not enough to reduce poverty because the rural poor are often engaged in multiple economic activities. While pro-poor growth starts with agriculture, reducing rural poverty requires increasing the productivity of small-scale agriculture, creating jobs, fostering economic...
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The Zero Hunger Race – one, two, three, GO!

Transforming rural, agricultural and food systems The race to feed the world’s population has started, Preeti Ahuja, Sector Manager for the World Bank, told those gathered at a Side Event of the 43rd session of the Committee on World Food...
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Livestock counts

This week marked a milestone for the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). For the first time since its reform, it recognised the role of livestock in addressing malnutrition, sustainable agriculture and climate change. Two years ago CFS asked the...
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¿Quiénes son los “Transfarmers”?

Al igual que los Transformers (como los de la película), que pueden cambiar de forma para cumplir distintas tareas, la pequeña agricultura puede también transformarse para cumplir diversas funciones, más allá de su rol de productor de alimentos. En la...
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High-tech farming: the key to urban food security?

At the side event “Urban Food Security in an Urbanizing World: Lessons from Singapore” during this week’s Committee on World Food Security (CFS) a young man caught my attention. Actually, EVERYONE was interested in Martin Lavoo, Co-founder and director ofSustenir...

Partner Spotlight: CIMMYT 50 delegates underline sustainability as key

Although increasing food supply to meet future demand must involve pushing the boundaries on technological innovation, sustainability must always be first and foremost, said Martin Kropff, director general of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), at a conference...
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New high-yielding maize aids smallholder farmers, helps hungry in drought-hit Africa

Bigger and healthier maize is helping to counter the effects of severe drought caused by the warming effects of an El Nino weather system that has swept across southern Africa making more than 30 million people in the region dependent...
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Partner Spotlight: Farming First Youth Campaign

Do you have a story to tell about your farming or agripreneurial experience? Want to give advice to others looking to get into the agriculture sector? Farming First is now running a three-week advocacy campaign to encourage young people to...
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Partner Spotlight: I am Agriculture videos aim to inspire youth

As part of their "I am Agriculture" youth campaign, Farming First TV is interviewing several agricultural experts, finding out how they got started in their career, and asking what opportunities they see for young people in agriculture today. In this...

Let’s Listen to Rural Women, urges Prof Bertini on Rural Women’s Day

For the International Day of Rural Women on 15 October, GAP Patron Prof. Catherine Bertini agreed to do a video interview to offer her insights into the challenges facing rural women today, and ways of helping them unleash their potential...
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Maximizing the Impact of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition

ICN2, FAO and WHO want to know how YOU think we can reach the 2025 global nutrition targets - Participate in the online survey by 11 October! The world has committed to eradicate hunger and eliminate all forms of malnutrition...
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SAI Platform: Communications Manager

Expiry date: 2016-10-26 00:00:00
Background The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform (SAI Platform) was established in 2002 by the food industry to support the development...