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13/07/2017

GFAR proudly announces the appointment of our new Chair and Vice-Chair who will lead GFAR into its next phase

At their meeting in June 2017, the GFAR Steering Committee appointed Ms. Bongiwe N. Njobe from South Africa as Chair of GFAR. She is joined by Mr. Raffaele Maria Maiorano from Italy as Vice-Chair. In just a short time since their selection, Ms. Bongiwe and Mr. Maiorano have shown themselves to be a dynamic team, eager to engage the members of the GFAR Steering Committee who will guide the Partners in GFAR in taking forward collective actions.

The Partners in GFAR welcome the new appointments and look forward to working with the new Chair and Vice-Chair as GFAR develops and implements its next Medium Term Plan (2018-2021). Dr Mark Holderness, GFAR Executive Secretary, and the whole GFAR Secretariat staff also take this opportunity to express our thanks to the outgoing Chair and Vice-Chair, Dr. Juan Lucas Restrepo and the Honourable Professor Ruth Oniang'o, for their superb leadership and vision as GFAR has undertaken to transform itself, with the Partners, to be truly representative of the many, diverse voices in agri-food research and innovation. 

Read on below to learn more about the new Chair and Vice-Chair and the GFAR Strategic Workshop and Steering Committee held in June. In this GFAR Update we're also highlighting recent Partner Spotlights on SIANI and IFAD, and sharing the final reflections of the young agripreneurs that took part in YAP Phase 1

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 for poor smallholder farmers and consumers.

GFAR announces new Chair and Vice-Chair

5 July 2017 – GFAR Secretariat proudly announces the appointment of our new Chair and Vice-Chair who will lead GFAR into its next phase. Ms. Bongiwe N. Njobe from South Africa has been selected Chair of GFAR. She will be...
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Designing the Future of GFAR: Common Values and Commitment Required

What better way to show the commitment of a group of individuals to a cause than to tell their story with their own pictures and words? Let’s start at the beginning… “On a sunny Tuesday morning in June, we (members...
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A Conversation with the Chair and Vice-Chair

At the start of their term, we took the opportunity to ask Chair Bongiwe N.

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Webinar Wrap-up: Farmers’ Rights: Achieving Complementarity between the Informal and Formal Seed Systems

Smallholder farmers are at the heart of the informal seed system as both custodians and innovators of important crop genetic diversity. Their rights have been recognized globally, through the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, as...

In a bind: How policy divide between forestry and farming can result in poverty and hunger

For generations, upland communities of Vietnam, Thailand and Nepal relied on fruits, nuts, mushrooms and berries gathered in forests when harvests were low, and let their fields lie fallow, allowing soil to rebound. However, with agricultural development and forest management...
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What do forests have to do with food security? A glance at this year’s HLPE Report

Forests are not the first thing that comes to mind when you think about food security. Sure, it’s fun to go mushroom picking, but otherwise what is the big deal about the role of forests in food security? Why is...
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Partner Spotlight: Sharing success stories from IFAD's 2016 Annual Report

IFAD’s Annual Report and Highlights for 2016 have just been published. People from across the organization have contributed and the report contains a wealth of information on the year’s work and results – stories, facts, figures and analysis. Here’s a...
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Reducing rice imports helps smallholder farmers in Nigeria

An IFAD-supported programme in Nigeria is helping to reduce dependence on imported rice and strengthening the access of smallholder farmers to local markets. Every year, Africa spends some US$35 billion on food imports, undermining the sustainability of its own agriculture...

Moving mountains, one jar of honey at a time

‘The man who moved a mountain was the one who began carrying away smallstones.’ Chinese Proverb A year has passed since the start of YAP – a personal and professional development project aimed to assist young agripreneurs in establishing their...
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Farewell to the Goofy Bug Guy

Blogpost by Josine (“Jax”) Macaspac, one of six finalists in the Youth Agripreneurs Project, a pilot project targeting young agricultural entrepreneurs (“agripreneurs”), co-organized by GFAR and YPARD. This post is a final wrap-up summarizing the challenges and opportunities that this...
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Youth Agripreneurs Project: Sowing the seed for a brighter future

Hectic yet reflective! The pilot GFAR-YPARD Young Agripreneur Project is coming to an end and in these posts, the six young agri-preneurs are pondering on their professional and personal journeys over the past twelve months. In April 2016, they all...
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Turning key objectives into reality with YAP!

Hectic yet reflective! The pilot GFAR-YPARD Young Agripreneur Project is coming to an end and in these posts, the six young agri-preneurs are pondering on their professional and personal journeys over the past twelve months. In April 2016, they all...
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The Year of the YAP: A Tale of Genius, Power and Magic

Hectic yet reflective! The pilot GFAR-YPARD Young Agripreneur Project is coming to an end and in these posts, the six young agri-preneurs are pondering on their professional and personal journeys over the past twelve months. In April 2016, they all...
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Where did the time go?

Hectic yet reflective! The pilot GFAR-YPARD Young Agripreneur Project (YAP) is coming to an end and in these posts, the six young agripreneurs are pondering on their professional and personal journeys over the past twelve months. In April 2016, they...