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Shaping the future together: Transforming agricultural research, education, extension and enterprise for development

Mark Holderness, GFAR Executive Secretary, was invited as a moderator for the Network development meeting of the Eurasian Centre for Food Security (ECFS) in Moscow, Russian Federation, from 18 to 20 November 2013. Dr Holderness gave a keynote presentation ”Shaping the future together: Transforming agricultural research, education, extension and enterprise for development”, summarizing the rationale for the changes agreed in the GCARD Road Map and now being taken up by the wide range of stakeholders delivering the GFAR Medium Term Plan.

GCARD2. Breakout session F2.2 Foresight Guiding Research and Innovation at Global Level –Speaker Briefing Paper

The central question posed for this Breakout Sub-Session is “What role smallholder farmers now play and could play in meeting the future needs in food and nutrition security, poverty alleviation and sustainable management of natural resources?” Elaborating on this, more specific questions are raised about how to bring together the needed diversity; inform stakeholders of consequences, scenarios, winners and losers; complement qualitative with quantitative arguments; help decision-makers; orient R4D; and develop foresight actions focused on the needs of the poor.

GCARD2. Breakout Session F1. Improving our Visions of the Future - Briefing Paper

There is still a lack of clear and common understanding among the sectors concerned with agriculture and rural development about what “foresight” is about and what can be expected from engaging and investing in foresight at various scales form local to global. Many different tools and methods can be used or combined when doing foresight and there is also need to clarify what can be expected from different approaches.

GCARD2. Breakout session F2.1 Foresight Guiding Research and Innovation at regional/national level - Briefing Paper

The problem being addressed is that of building collective actions at regional level in order to incorporate the outcomes of many foresight works (from global, regional, national and local) already conducted into regional strategic actions looking at longer term orientations. There is also a need to share these perspectives as regional initiatives are not independent from both national and global and therefore need to be articulated. Further, foresight related activities are more developed in some regions and sharing their experiences is useful for other regions.

GCARD2. Breakout session F2.2 Foresight Guiding research and Innovation at Global Level - Briefing Paper

The problem being addressed is how we can bring together the needed diversity – of stakeholders and approaches – and understand better a number of multidimensional and complex questions such as: How can we inform stakeholders on alternative future scenarios and debate the desirability, consequences, winners and losers of diverse scenarios? How to better combine quantitative analyses with qualitative arguments? To what extent and how global analysis help decision-makers, orienting research, innovation and policies?

GCARD2. Breakout session F3.1 Improving Foresight through Equitable Partnerships - Briefing Paper

Experiences with foresight works show that foresight can provide ways for stakeholders to influence research, innovation and policies related to agricultural development. However, the inclusion of the voices of stakeholders - particularly resource-poor farmers - in foresight has been so far limited. Is it a question of scale? Is it easier to include stakeholders when doing foresight at local or national level compared to foresight at regional/global level? Is it a question of cost?

GCARD2. Breakout session F3.2. Developing capacities for Improved Foresight - Briefing Paper

The purpose of session F3.2 is to address the capacity development dimension related to the absence of several key sectors of the society in foresight works. Developing foresight capacity is at the same time an issue of individual capacity development and institutional capacity development. At individual level, some formal education systems provide possibilities to acquire academic skills and recognition in foresight. However, these are not numerous and are usually concentrated in developed or emerging countries.

GCARD2. The state of foresight in food and agriculture and the roads toward improvement - Chapter F1 - Report

The GCARD2 process on foresight is intended to advance the Roadmap actions required, paving the way for developing more effective approaches in line with the partnership principles, smallholder farmer and impact-centred focus of the GCARD. The key question the foresight session intends to address is: “What role could smallholder farmers play in meeting future needs in food and nutrition security, poverty alleviation and sustainable management of natural resources?”

GCARD2. Foresight Guiding Research and Innovation at Global Level. Section F2.2 of the report on The state of foresight in food and agriculture and the roads toward improvement

The GCARD2 F2 session on “Foresight Guiding Research and Innovation” has two sessions running in parallel. Session F2.1 is dedicated to the regional and sub-regional levels. Session F2.2 is focusing on foresight at the global level. This document provides information that is relevant for the discussions during the session; based on the analysis of the global foresight works as mentioned in the inventory.