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

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. From your involvement and interest in innovation in agriculture, food and rural development, we know that you share these aims! 

Is your organization a Partner in GFAR yet?

Those who share in the Forum’s purpose are kindly asked to now identify themselves as such by registering themselves as the partner institutions that make up this unique forum.  GFAR is a wholly voluntary movement and partnership in GFAR carries no legal commitment or financial obligation. To register as a Partner, simply enter your contact details at http://www.gfar.net/about-us/be-a-partner

Be represented in the new governance of the Global Forum!

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. To do so, the Partners in GFAR will shortly be asked to identify who, from among the Partners in GFAR from each 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.

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. We will soon be providing Partners with further information on the processes required for identifying their representation in the new Steering Committee.

We look forward to your participation and involvement in this unique global forum. Register today at http://www.gfar.net/about-us/be-a-partner

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.

Partner Spotlight on WFO: New study points to tuna to trim waistlines

Americans have long been touted as the poster children for obesity. However, new data shows that the isolated communities of the Pacific Islands are home to an unparalleled epidemic of this global problem. The majority of countries with the highest...

Europe is working for sustainable fisheries and prosperous fishing communities

This article by Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, is featured in the September 2016 issue of WFO’s F@rmletter .   Fishermen often describe fishing as much more than a job – it’s a way of...

The Future of Fish: Incomes, Nutrition and Global Security

Melissa Benn, Associate at the Agriculture and Food Security Practice at Chemonics International, prepared this article for the September 2016 issue of WFO’s F[at]rmletter[dot] Why focus on fish? Aquaculture is on the rise globally, and has grown at an impressive...

Voluntary Guidelines help small-scale fisheries drive development

Small-Scale Fisheries make an important contribution to food security and nutrition, employment and income generation in local and national economies. Despite this importance, the sector is often politically, socially and economically marginalized, impeding full enjoyment of human rights including civil,...

4th GCHERA World Dialogue 2016: Global Leadership and Transformative Changes to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century

City: Cape Town
Country: South Africa
Co-organized and funded by GFAR and GCHERA, the 4th GCHERA World Dialogue: Global Leadership and Transformative Changes to Meet the...

Costa Rica organizes the First National Meeting on Farmers’ Rights

Costa Rica will organize, with the technical support of the Joint Capacity Building Programme on Farmers’ Rights of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (International Treaty), the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) and other...

Champions 12.3 Reports on Progress during Global Goals Week

In September 2015, a historic window of opportunity opened to elevate the issue of food loss and waste reduction on the global agenda. At the United Nations General Assembly, countries of the world formally adopted a set of 17 Sustainable...

IFAD fosters inclusive rural transformation with new report

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a Facilitating Agency of GFAR, has just launched Rural Development Report 2016 : Fostering inclusive rural transformation. It is IFAD’s flagship publication bringing together leading thinkers to analyse lessons learnt from experiences across...

ECFS and FAO publish book on Land Resources and Food Security in CAC Region

In July 2016 the Eurasian Soil Partnership of the Eurasian Center for Food Security, together with the FAO’s Global Soil Partnership Secretariat, published a book— a collection of research papers entitled Land Resources and Food Security in Central Asia and...

FAO to host e-mail conference on contribution of small farms to food security and nutrition

You are invited to participate in a moderated e-mail conference hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) from 10 to 23 October 2016 entitled “Exploring the contribution of small farms to achieving food security and...

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...

The importance of open and equitable access to agricultural data

Open and equitable access to data and information is a vital and tremendously powerful instrument for change. Yet despite tremendous potential value, open access to data is not without risks. Data and associated information and communication technologies by their nature...

The experience of rural life: A wisdom pot for the modern world

Growing up on the farm, in the rural area, provides a unique life experience. You learn many life skills and lessons. It can be exciting but there are times that it can be challenging as well. I live in Kumasi,...

Why future-smart ICSOs are needed

by Robin Bourgeois, GFAR Senior Advisor, Foresight and Development Policies There is a wide recognition today that international civil society organisations (ICSOs) are currently facing challenges that might as well mean their disappearance[1]. This would not be necessarily bad news...

Don't miss the CRP Drylands Photo Contest

Rural women make up over a quarter of the total world population. In developing countries, rural women represent approximately 43 per cent of the agricultural labor force. Roughly forty percent of the world’s population lives in drylands, making dryland rural...

Premio Daniel Carasso 2017

Expiry date: 2016-10-23 00:00:00
The PREMIO DANIEL CARASSO is an initiative from the Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso which was created under the aegis...

Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development Competition (Round 4)

Expiry date: 2016-10-10 00:00:00
The United States Agency for International Development ( USAID ), Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency ( Sida...

WFP: Nutritionist, P3 – Maiduguri, Nigeria

Expiry date: 2016-09-30 00:00:00
WFP are seeking to fill the Nutritionist position at the P3 level, based in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Under the general supervision...


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