Wecome to this issue of the GFAR Update highlighting World Food Week!

FAO Headquarters was abuzz last week as the Committee on World Food Security (#CFS45), an inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders, met to shape policy that ensures food security and nutrition for all. Kicking off the week was the release of FAO's annual flagship publication, The State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA).

In this issue, we're sharing stories about exciting innovations in food, fighting hunger sustainably, and celebrating partners' work in agri-food innovation and research. 

Here are some of the highlights:

GFAR Secretariat welcomed four bright young researchers on the occasion of World Food Day to share their fascinating findings on what some cutting-edge food technologies and innovations mean for our future. A stimulating discussion followed about the policy environment needed to scale an innovation up and out.

GFAR and Impakter.com have recently launched an exciting new online media campaign: #GFARImpakters. Partners in GFAR are being invited to share written contributions on key topics related to their work with GFAR and involving other GFAR Partners that will enable the public at large to engage with and reflect more deeply upon their work and impacts. By taking part, Partners will raise awareness and further the public’s knowledge on issues of global importance for agri-food research and innovation.

During the week of 8-12 October, we ran a Partner Spotlight on Africa RISING highlighting many stories of demand-driven, locally-tailored, resource-saving agricultural innovations for sustainable intensification that improve household welfare and at the same time enhance sustainability. 

And earlier this month, GFAR was showcased at the Committee on Agriculture (#COAG26) as an innovation in partnership. Watch this short video for a snapshot of GFAR's work!

Mark Holderness, GFAR Executive Secretary, was invited to speak on GFAR's role in innovation for agricultural development at a COAG26 event showcasing the links between European Union support and the work of FAO. 

Embracing the Future of Food on #WFD2018

GFAR Secretariat welcomed 4 bright young researchers on the occasion of World Food Day to share their fascinating findings on what some cutting-edge food technologies and innovations mean for our future. Last April, GFAR Secretariat had the pleasure of welcoming,...

#GFARImpakters Series: Sharing the Impact of the Partners in GFAR

GFAR and Impakter have recently launched an exciting new online media campaign: #GFARImpakters. Impakter, a cutting-edge online magazine dedicated to topics of sustainability, is now working with GFAR Secretariat to showcase the valuable work done by Partners in GFAR to...

The Partners in GFAR now number over 600!

The Partners in GFAR have joined our open and inclusive movement in agriculture and food because they see a need for change. They wish to be part of agri-food research and innovation systems that really change lives for the better,...

Making Chinese agricultural technologies available to the world

GFAR Executive Secretary Mark Holderness was invited and sponsored to present a paper on ‘Collective Action, the future for Agricultural Research and Innovation’ to the 2 nd International Conference on Agricultural Research, held on 24-29 September in Beijing, China. The...

No time to lose to reverse negative hunger and malnutrition trends

There's still time to deliver on the global pledge to eradicate hunger but "urgent measures" are needed to reverse the recent increase in the number of hungry people, speakers at the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) said today. "There...

On track to strengthen institutions and transform learning in the NENA region

Dr. Iman El-Kaffass of GFAR Secretariat recently traveled to Jordan to continue work with AARINENA and the Association of Arab Universities - both headquartered in Amman - on two main aspects of GFAR's Key Focus Area: Organizational Strengthening and Transformational...

Welcoming the new YPARD Director: Yemi Adeyeye

YPARD is delighted to welcome the incoming YPARD director Yemi Adeyeye . Yemi is a PhD Candidate at the University of British Columbia, Canada . He holds a double MSc degree (Erasmus Mundus MSc program): MSc in Agricultural Development (forests...

Access Agriculture wins Prize D4D in Belgium

During the official ceremony on October 4, Paul Van Mele and Jonas Wanvoeke received the award on behalf of Access Agriculture from Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister and Belgian Minister of Development Cooperation and Digital Agenda. After presenting its...

Africa RISING: a multidisciplinary program using an integrated systems research

In 2011, USAID’s Agricultural Research Division solicited brief proposals from IITA and ILRI as to how they would lead research efforts offering solutions to the numerous constraints to smallholder farm productivity while simultaneously achieving multiple objectives around food and nutritional...

Veggies offer new opportunities to farmers in Tanzania

Persistent global hunger and undernutrition have underscored the need for urgent action towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that aim to end all forms of malnutrition and double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers by 2030...

Potato farmers see the light in Ethiopia

In the Ethiopian Highlands, where yields have been only about one third of their potential, diffused light storage of seed potatoes is getting results. Mrs Tadelech Lachemo, a farmer in the Ethiopian Highlands, had a dream to increase her agricultural...

Double grain, double gain

Intercropping two legumes – groundnut and pigeon pea – means two grain harvests plus two crop residues to improve soil fertility. Smallholder farmers in southern Africa face a conundrum. They need to get more crops onto their limited land –...

YPARD: Youth Leader Development Workshop

Expiry date: 2018-10-26 00:00:00
City: Bonn
Countries: Germany
The Global Landscapes Forum in Bonn (Dec 01-02) is upon us. Additionally, the Youth in Landscapes Initiative, an IFSA-YPARD-GAEA partnership,...

AARINENA: Executive Secretary

Expiry date: 2018-11-20 00:00:00
The Association of Agricultural Research Institutions in the Near East and North Africa, (AARINENA) was established in 1985 to strengthen...

FAO: Call for nomination of experts to Steering Committee of HLPE

Expiry date: 2019-02-01 00:00:00
The Chairperson of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) and the Secretary of the CFS have the honour to...

FAO International Symposium on Agricultural Innovation for Family Farmers

21/11/2018 to 23/11/2018
City: Rome
The International Symposium on Agricultural Innovation for Family Farmers: Unlocking the potential of agricultural innovation to achieve the Sustainable Development...

Conference: "People’s food - people’s health: Towards healthy and sustainable European Food Systems"

22/11/2018 to 23/11/2018
City: Vienna
Country: Austria
60 Million People in Europe suffer from diabetes and 55% of the adult population in Europe is overweight or obese...

VI GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON FAMILY FARMING: A decade to improve the life of family farmers

25/03/2019 to 30/03/2019
City: Bilbao
Country: Spain
The General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028 on 20 December 2017 in order...


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