As April draws to a close, take a few minutes and have a look at this round-up of news, events, blog posts and opportunities showing the truly diverse range of Partners in GFAR!    

We'd like to highlight one opportunity that's particularly important for GFAR, as members of our renewed Steering Committee begin engaging their constituencies to define and take forward key collective actions. GFAR is currently seeking candidates for a Chairperson, a dynamic leader for our unique multi-stakeholder global forum on agricultural research and innovation. If you are interested in applying for this distinguished role, or would like to nominate a qualified candidate, please view the full announcement here. Nominations or Applications with Curriculum Vitae should be submitted no later than Friday, 5 May 2017 to the GFAR Search Committee Chair.

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. 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 for poor smallholder farmers and consumers.

AFA Conducts Cooperative Development Forum in Vietnam and Nepal

One of the five point priority agenda of the Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) is to build and strengthen farmers’ cooperatives and their enterprises that will give farmers a stronger involvement in value chains and increase their...

What Is The True Value of Food?

On April 1st, GFAR Partner Food Tank held their Boston Summit which brought a wide range of voices together—farmers, eaters, businesses, policymakers, academics, youth, funders, media, and civil society—to have uncomfortable conversations that will help make the food system better...

National Committees for Family Farming on Path to Improving Public Policy

In order to make changes in public policy agendas, National Committees for Family Farming in the Philippines, Honduras, Burkina Faso and Senegal will receive technical and financial support. The creation of a new Committee in Chad will be supported as well.

3ie Maps Gaps in Agriculture, Land-Use and Forestry Programmes

Forest degradation, deforestation and agricultural production contribute to almost a quarter of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The ways in which agricultural and forest lands are managed are critical for climate change mitigation, global food security and achieving the sustainable...

Breakthroughs in agriculture for action on climate change

The facts are startling. More than 2 billion people worldwide suffer from micronutrient deficiency – 795 million of whom are undernourished. The challenge to nutritiously and securely feed the growing population is further exacerbated by climate change which has led...

Dairy Sustainability Framework reports on progress made through its Dairy Asia initiative

Launched in October 2009, the Global Dairy Agenda for Action ( GDAA ) committed the dairy industry to actively reducing GHG emissions and also took the opportunity to profile the efforts of the sector to reduce GHG emissions throughout the...

International Conference for Youth in Agriculture

27/04/2017 to 30/04/2017
City: Leuven
Country: Belgium
ICYA is a 4-day International Conference that combines Soft Skill Trainings , Lectures and Debates . It aims to bringing...

9th Annual ICT4D Conference: From Innovation to Impact

15/05/2017 to 18/05/2017
City: Hyderabad
Country: India

Natural Farming Summit 1.0

09/05/2017 to 10/05/2017
City: Bangalore
The ever increasing population and the pressure it exerts on the food systems have raised the demands on agriculture as...

Food Security and Nutrition in an Urbanizing World

City: Brussels
Country: Belgium
Hyper-urbanization and its implications for food security and nutrition in urban and rural areas is an urgent concern that has...

Bringing collaboration on open data for food and agriculture forward: enabling GODAN as a Collective Action

On 3 March 2017 GFAR Secretariat facilitated a discussion session on “Perspectives on sharing data and information for food, nutrition and agriculture” at FAO headquarters, with talks from FAO, the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition initiative (GODAN) and...

Webinar Wrap-up: Agents of change – the role of innovation facilitators

A webinar on capacity development, organized on 1 March 2017 by GFAR and the Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP) in collaboration with the Platform for African European Partnership on Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD), discussed the role of facilitators as agents...

Join our next webinar on “Participatory Video”

“Participatory Video” is a form of participatory media-generation in which a group or a community creates their own video. The idea behind this is that having a video made by the actual stakeholders in a process or situation, makes the...

The value of intermediaries

Hawali Lucy is a small-scale farmer in Namingo, Tanzania. She is part of a community of smallholder farmers using a mobile service called Agriinfo. Agriinfo, Sokopepe, We-Farm, and other services similar in nature, have been introduced in parts of Eastern...

A week in the life – share and celebrate your work as a Partner in GFAR

Have you ever wondered how you could reach a wider audience with news of how your organization is a part of the GFAR mission to transform agri-food research and innovation? Have you wished you could highlight your work with partners...


Expiry date: 2017-07-31 00:00:00
RUFORUM wishes to stimulate further the contribution of universities to bringing about rural change in Africa. Efforts are targeted at...

CGIAR: Communications Manager

Expiry date: 2017-05-01 00:00:00
City: Montpellier
Countries: France
This position is to lead the development and implementation of the CGIAR System Organization’s communications strategy and outreach activities to...

SIANI: Call for Abstracts for Agri4D 2017 Conference

Expiry date: 2017-05-15 00:00:00
There is today a rapid migration of the rural poor to swelling urban centers in search of better job opportunities...


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