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.

We would like to share your work through a weekly Partner Spotlight! For the week of 29 August - 2 September, we are celebrating our partner International Water Management Institute (IWMI). Check out a sampling of their news, updates and blog posts in the section below. 

The Partner Spotlight celebrates your work by:

  • Highlighting your news and updates on the GFAR website and social media channels
  • Publishing your blog posts on the GFAR Blog, or working with you to guide you in crafting blog posts
  • Including news of your spotlight in the next GFAR Update

For more information on the Partners in GFAR, and to become a Partner, click here

If your organization is already a Partner and you would like more information on scheduling a Partner Spotlight, write to Charles.Plummer[at]fao[dot]org

Partner Spotlight: International Water Management Institute Annual Report 2015 published

Partner Spotlight: International Water Management Institute IWMI has just released its 2015 Annual Report, "Working towards a water-secure world" , which presents 10 of the highest-impact stories of the year, from innovative flood management in India to finding ways to...

World Water Week 2016: water for sustainable growth

Going on now in Stockholm, World Water Week in Stockholm is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. Almost 3500 scientists and water specialists are gathered in Stockholm 28 August – 2 September. IWMI scientists will be involved...

Stronger together: unlocking Africa’s food production potential

Africa is developing fast. Growing economies, burgeoning middle classes and a booming technology industry are all propelling the continent forward. However, the agricultural sector still lags far behind many other sectors, in part due to underutilized water resources. African countries...

Who really benefits from foreign investment?

Over the last decade, Laos and Cambodia have seen a sharp increase in private investment, particularly in the resource sector.[1]Mekong region governments have strategically promoted foreign direct investment (FDI) under the assumption that FDI can bring prosperity and development opportunities...

Silent springs: saving the vanishing Himalayan spring waters

New research throws light on why less and less spring water is making its way down the Himalayan ridges and valleys to the remote villages that depend on it the most.

GFAR webinars on “Search Engine Optimization” and “Website Revamps”

“The miracle is this – the more we share, the more we have.” ― Leonard Nimoy As a global forum, GFAR truly believes in the power of communications. Be it to work with our partners, to bring our common messages...

ASTI Program presents Recent Agricultural Trends in India

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM) organized a one day workshop on Recent Trends in Agricultural Research Capacity, Investment and Outputs in India on August 17, 2016 at the NASC Complex, PUSA,...

GODAN Action: first survey on capacity development needs

As announced a few days ago. GODAN Action is a 3.5 year project funded by DFID and led by international partners with a strong agriculture, nutrition, data and ICT record including Wageningen UR – Alterra, the Food and Agriculture Organization...

Join the #CFS43 social media bootcamp!

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) and the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) are joining forces to extend the social media outreach for 43rd session of the CFS (#CFS43). #CFS43 will be held in Rome on 17-21 October...

International Farmers' Dialogue Conference

26/11/2016 to 30/11/2016
Country: Cambodia
You are invited to a Dialogue between Farmers in Cambodia: The theme will be the resilience of farmers and the...

Tropentag 2016

18/09/2016 to 21/09/2016
City: Vienna
Country: Austria
The annual Conference on Tropical and Subtropical Agricultural and Natural Resource Management (TROPENTAG) is jointly organised by the universities of...

Social Business: an opportunity to capture the benefits of multi-functional agriculture

This article authored by Prof Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Laureate 2006, was originally published on the World Farmers’ Organization (WFO) website and is featured in the August 2016 issue of their F[at]rmletter[dot] Rude Awakening We are living in a time...

Haiti Can Change for the Better

Editorial by Susan Chambers, M.D. Chambers is a current World Neighbors Trustee and a founding member of WOW! Work of Women. I marvel when I travel in developing countries that life happens on the side of the road. As we...

On Finding Knowledge in the Most Unexpected Places

In April, the six finalists in GFAR and YPARD’s Youth Agripreneur Project headed back to their homes in the four corners of the world after an intense week of orientation and skills building at the GCARD3 Global Event, to embark...

How to submit a post to the GFAR blog?

We encourage people to submit guest posts on our GFAR blog. Whether you are a GFAR partner, an affiliated organisation, or an individual working in the broad area of agriculture, food and rural development: Your posts are most welcome! Why...


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