2018 is getting off to a great start for the Partners in GFAR, who have come together to launch two new Collective Actions in agri-food innovation! Begun in December 2017, a comprehensive reform of the Regional Research Fora — the networks of national public research and advisory bodies — will help them take on board the principles of multi-stakeholder action required in strengthening and transforming agricultural research and innovation.

Next month, another Collective Action will kick off to bring family farmers, Civil Society and rural communities, and research institutes into open dialogue, and usher in the recently declared UN IYFF+10 Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028 on the right foot. 

We invite you to read more, and find out the latest from the Partners in GFAR, in the stories below!

And please do let the GFAR Secretariat know how you work with other Partners to help shape the future of agriculture, so that we can share your stories with everyone in our networks!


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.

Collective Action on Family Farming that Values All Partners

In Derio, Spain, on 20 and 21 February 2018, the World Rural Forum, with other Partners in GFAR, will launch a GFAR Collective Action for “Enhancing participatory processes between Family Farmers, Civil Society/Rural Communities, Research Institutes”, to continue to strengthen the participation of family farmers, civil society organizations, rural communities and their small and medium enterprises in research processes.

GFAR kicks-off reform of the Regional Research Forum, AARINENA

GFAR is now launching a Collective Action on Reforming and Strengthening the Regional Research Fora and Regional partners in GFAR , using a common approach and learning system, to help these bodies evolve into truly multi-stakeholder Fora.

Interview with Dr. Iman El-Kaffass on Transformational Learning

Dr. Iman El-Kaffass of GFAR Secretariat explains the GFAR Collective Action on Transformational Learning and Student Leadership Development.


Discover the CDAIS project flyers on strengthening capacity for agricultural innovation

The CDAIS project, funded by the EU and jointly implemented by Agrinatura and FAO , enhances innovation in agriculture by improving the functional capacities of individuals, organizations and systems. It brings partners together and uses continuous learning cycles to address...

South-South Cooperation Forum centers on sustainable agriculture, SDGs, women, & youth

The South-South Cooperation Forum held at Park Village Hotel, Kathmandu, Nepal on 14-16 December 2017 was a success with over 70 participants consisting of farmer leaders, representatives of farmers’ and fishers’ organizations, government officials, scholars from South Asian countries as...

CAAS Partnered New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia for Cooperation in Agricultural Science and Technology

A delegation from CAAS visited several research agencies from November 22 nd to December 1 st , 2017, to open up official cooperation between CAAS and these institutions.

62nd Session of UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62)

12/03/2018 to 23/03/2018
City: New York
Country: United States of America
The sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in...

Global Food Security Symposium

21/03/2018 to 22/03/2018
City: Washington, D.C.
Country: United States of America
Convened annually by the Council’s Global Agricultural Development Initiative, the symposium on global agriculture and food security provides a platform...

2018 Ideas for Action Competition

Expiry date: 2018-02-28 00:00:00
Ideas for Action, a joint program of the World Bank and the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the...

FARA: Lead Specialist Monitoring and Evaluation

Expiry date: 2018-02-09 00:00:00
City: Accra
Countries: Ghana
FARA is the apex organization for agricultural research for development in Africa. The FARA Secretariat is the lead institution for...

STAARS fellowship program: 2018 call for concept proposals

Expiry date: 2018-03-15 00:00:00
The Structural Transformation of African Agriculture and Rural Spaces (STAARS) fellowship program managed by Cornell University in collaboration with the...

ITPGRFA: Fourth Call for Proposals under the Benefit-sharing Fund Opens

Expiry date: 2018-03-01 00:00:00
The Call for Proposals under the fourth cycle of projects to be funded through the Benefit-sharing Fund of the FAO...

Call for Nominations: The Suraj Mal and Shyma Devi Agarwal Book Prize

Expiry date: 2018-03-15 00:00:00
The International Association for Feminist Economics announces The Suraj Mal and Shyama Devi Agarwal Book Prize to be awarded biennially...

New Research on Relevant Food Policy Issues in Eurasia

Food and nutrition security, including the need to mitigate shocks affecting the food system, remain important issues for the Eurasian region. Now more than ever policy makers in Eurasia need updated information and relevant evidence to design and implement effective...

IFPRI releases several publications dealing with the challenge of climate change

The International Food Policy Reseach Institute has just released various publications on the topics of climate change, climate resilience, and climate-smart agriculture. See a selection below and search IFPRI publications on a variety of topics in the publications database here...


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