Wecome to the GFAR Update! This is our first newsletter of the New Year, packed with news from GFAR Secretariat and Partners from 4th quarter 2018. You can also find selections from the latest Partner Spotlights, and upcoming events and opportunities.

But first, a personal message from Dr. Mark Holderness, whose term as GFAR Executive Secretary has ended on December 31st, in line with the GFAR Charter. Read his reflection on his 11 years of service and his wishes for the continuing work of GFAR:

Dear Colleagues, Partners, Friends and Family, 

My term as GFAR Executive Secretary has now come to an end, in line with the GFAR Charter. It has been an amazing journey and together we have really made a difference in transforming agri-food research and innovation to better meet the Sustainable Development Goals, with smallholder farmers and rural communities at the centre of such processes.

My heartfelt thanks to the wonderful Secretariat team; to all those who have been involved in GFAR's governance and management over the last decade; to FAO, IFAD, EU, CGIAR and our other funders for their invaluable support over the years; to the 620+ Partner organisations in GFAR, who have put their differences aside and worked together in such exciting new ways; and to my family for putting up with so much over the years. 

It's onto new things for me and seeking new challenges, but I certainly aim to take forward GFAR's vital principles into new forms and applications, wherever they may be needed. GFAR of course continues to go forward, with a new Executive Secretary now being recruited, a new phase of collective actions and as important a job to do as ever.

I wish you all every success in these endeavours.


Mark Holderness

Read more about Dr. Holderness' leadership of GFAR in the blog post below, and catch up on what GFAR and Partners have been doing. If you missed it, you can also check out the 2017 GFAR Annual Report HERE!

GFAR Executive Secretary honoured by Tropical Agriculture Association

Mark Holderness was honoured at the recent Annual General Meeting of the Tropical Agriculture Association (TAA) in London, The TAA awarded Mark as ‘Development Agriculturalist of the Year, 2018’, recognising his outstanding contribution to agricultural development.

GFAR and CAAS commit to collaboration for improved innovation- and knowledge-sharing

Members of GFAR Secretariat were pleased to welcome yesterday a delegation from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) to formalize the basis for direct future partnership and collaboration between GFAR and CAAS.

IUPAC International Congress and Next Generation Programme

19/05/2019 to 24/05/2019
City: Ghent
Country: Belgium
Tthe 14th IUPAC International Congress of Crop Protection: “ Crop Protection: Education of the Future Generation ” is being held in Ghent, Belgium from 19-24 May 2019.

VI Global Conference on Family Farming

25/03/2019 to 30/03/2019
City: Derio
Country: Spain
The VI Global Conference on Family Farming: "A Decade to improve the lives of Family Farmers" will be held 25-30 March 2019 in the city of Derio-Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain.

GFAR 2017 Annual Report

Publisher: GFAR
GFAR was initially conceived in 1996 as an association of public research organizations, working together with representatives of other stakeholders,...Read more and download

GFAR Impacts - 2008-2018

Publisher: GFAR
A brief review highlighting 10 years of GFAR's impacts in: Transforming AR4D systems Opening out agricultural data Advocating for Farmers’...Read more and download


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