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01/11/2017

October was an exciting month for the Partners in GFAR! We came together to break down the barriers between our institutions, open up dialogue and take action as a unique Global Forum. Together, we:

Read more in the stories below!

And if you would like to join the dynamic team of the GFAR Secretariat to help drive this movement for change in agri-food resarch and innovation, check out the opportunities now available for Programme Officer and Legal/Policy Adviser. Deadline for applications is fast approaching!

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.

Because we care: How Partners in GFAR are transforming agricultural learning

Because we, the Partners in GFAR, care about the future of our youth and the future of agriculture, education is one of our most important agendas. Many young people in Sub-Saharan Africa leave school without being able to properly read...
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On World Food Day, GFAR and Partners look forward to making out-migration a choice, not an obligation

Today is World Food Day, and the theme this year is “Change the Future of Migration: Invest in Food Security and Rural Development”. This issue is one of pressing importance to all the Partners in GFAR, the Global Forum on...
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GFAR/TAP Webinar – Sharing Knowledge on Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation through TAPipedia

TAP and GFAR are pleased to invite you to the webinar: Sharing Knowledge on Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation through TAPipedia Date: 7 November 2017 Time: 11:30 Rome time (GMT +1) Duration: 1.5 hours REGISTER HERE The Tropical Agriculture Platform...
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New online course on Open Data and Research Data Management in Agriculture and Nutrition: register by 5/11/2017

The GODAN Action network will publish a new e-learning course on ‘ Open Data and Research Data Management in Agriculture and Nutrition ’, available between the 13th November and 8th December 2017 . The course is open to infomediaries, policy...

The Shifting State of Sustainability: Can the private sector really deliver a public good?

The development community, with some notable exceptions, is waking up to the absurdity of measuring only their inputs and outputs like the number of farmers trained or the number of hectares certified as “farmed sustainably”. In many cases, missing is...
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Spurring Sustainability through Data-Driven Needs Assessment

In development, implementing targeted and responsive programs is crucial to achieving impact. The importance of creating effective programs cannot be understated for agricultural extension programs that work with some of the estimated 1.5 billion smallholders—many of whom are vulnerable to...
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New Approach to Resilience Measurement offers simplicity and affordability

The resilience of a household or community is a key factor in determining and improving its levels of poverty and inequality. With the support of the Ford Foundation, COSA and its partners (Sustainable Food Lab, Root Capital, Lutheran World Relief,...
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The Power of Performance Monitoring

For several years, the paradigm in development has been moving towards ensuring a future that is as sustainable as possible against a whole range of qualitative measures. GDP should count, but so should people’s wellbeing, for example. But when we...

Being farmer, becoming agripreneur: Imitation is the highest flattery

On October 11, 2017, I attended a side event organized by the World Farmers’ Organization and the governments of New Zealand and Canada at the 44th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). This side event focused on...
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In Pursuit of the African dream

Millions of people are migrating from rural to urban areas worldwide. They are looking for a better life and job opportunities that will lead them to prosperity and success. Sounds familiar? Yes, the so called “American dream”. Today, with all...
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Food Insecurity Metrics Now in Sync

“If you can’t measure, you can’t manage” -Peter Drucker That is why metrics are important for the government or any institution, and development partners in addressing food insecurity, malnutrition, hunger, poverty. According to FAO, after a prolonged decline since 1990,...
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Agrobiodiversity: goin’ bananas for people and planet

You should eat a kilo of Cavendish bananas a day, if you’d like to fulfil your recommended intake of vitamin A. Or, you could eat one To’o banana. Too bad the Cavendish variety accounts for 47% of the worldwide production...
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Why good policies and public funding (only) won’t change the world

We have been cutting trees to plant food crops, since the beginning of time. Forest cover loss is a major contributor to climate change – the biggest challenge of our times. So, we won’t save the world without saving forests...
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Growing peace

A South Sudanese woman paints a heart wrenching picture of her country. It is struggling to feed itself. Resources are stretched to breaking point. The on-going conflict makes water hard to come by and climate change is only making things...
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Digging deeper into soil: The future of food

It’s another rainy day in the coastal Odisha, India. The Bhitarkanika village looks drenched and dark. Meet Pampa Dolui, age 34, a single mother of two, who has adopted a grim routine over these months, digging soil outside her home...
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Woman: Life at the Sharp Edge

I have attended a number of side events during the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), but this one was different. The room a bit quiet, I could see more women than men. It was almost impossible to hold back...
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Go Organic, Stay Healthy and Sustainable!

Agriculture is under threat—its sustainability is a big challenge for us all. Many options are being tried to make agricultural practices sustainable, and organic agriculture is one among them. The multiple features of organic agriculture that contribute to food security...
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Feed them or Fail them

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. A school meal a day keeps the doctor, police and human rights lawyer at bay. Children all over the world, especially in the poorer countries or conflict territories go to school without...

GFAR Secretariat: Programme Officer (Coordination)

The Secretariat of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research & Innovation (GFAR), hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, is the administrative and facilitation body for the wider networks of partners that make up GFAR. GFAR...
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GFAR: Legal/Policy Adviser

Legal/Policy Adviser, Empowerment of Rural Communities/Farmer’s rights to genetic resources and data Duty station: Rome, Italy, or other location as appropriate. Contract type: International consultancy Duration: 2 months, with possibility of further extension, subject to performance IMPORTANT: Applications for this...