Welcome to the GFAR Update!

The GFAR Collective Action on Transformational Learning and Student Leadership Development aims to adapt to changes in the dynamic environments of agricultural and life science universities around the world,  and to mend the gap that exists in producing the right caliber of university graduates who can meet societal demands. Concerned partner universities in Africa have established a platform committed to promote transformational learning and to apply the concept in their own universities. Below, read about a platform of stakeholders formed last month in Near East and Northern Africa among numerous Partners in GFAR , thereby scaling the initiative out to another Region.

On May 28-30, the GFAR Steering Committee will again convene to discuss taking forward this and other GFAR Collective Actions, according to the priorities expressed by the Partners in GFAR. The objectives of this meeting include:
• To assess progress and lessons learnt on the development and implementation of Collective Actions
• Through participatory methodologies, to enable the forward plan and operation of GFAR to be driven, shaped and committed to by all sectors represented
• To finalise the Medium Term (2018 – 2021) Plan Strategic priorities and resourcing strategy
• To articulate The GFAR Way of networked operation, responsibilities and accountabilities

Farm Radio International was in the Partner Spotlight May 7-11, sharing inspiring stories of support to small-scale farming and rural communities by using radio as a tool for circulating information tailored to their unique contexts and circumstances. 

Finally, check out GFAR's new video series, GFAR Talks! Below you'll find a video with Prof. Prabhu Pingali of Cornell University, who talks from the field about the urgent need to bring focus on agricultural systems that promote diversity, health and nutrition, as well as profitability for smallholder farmers. And in an interview with an Egyptian TV news channel, Dr. El-Kaffass of GFAR Secretariat speaks about GFAR's Collective Action on Transformational Learning and Student Leadership. 

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. Please 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 scales out Transformational Learning to another continent

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GFAR advocates for innovation in Burkina Faso

As a follow-up to previous high-level contacts held with the Minister of Agriculture and other authorities in Burkina Faso , GFAR Secretariat has facilitated the formation of an alliance between the major farmers’ organizations of the country, CPF (Confédération Paysanne...

Digital and data-driven agriculture opportunities for smallholders focus of new white paper from GFAR, GODAN and CTA

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are being used across the world to generate efficiency gains for farmers. This has led to an information and data explosion with an associated boom in new applications, tools, actors, business models, and entire industries...

Closing the webinar series on Farmers’ access to data

As part of our work on farmers’ rights to data and following up on the face-to-face course on Farmers’ Access to Data organized in Centurion in November 2017, GFAR announces two live webinars and three recorded lessons to make the...

GFAR Secretariat welcomes 16 young researchers passionate about food innovation

This month, GFAR Secretariat had the pleasure of welcoming, at FAO Headquarters in Rome, a delegation of 16 researchers about to embark on a world tour examining the future of food and food-related technologies. The students are participating in the...

Important Regulations in Support of Family Farming Approved by National Committees

The National Committees for Family Farming in Indonesia and Colombia have promoted processes of political dialogue between key players in Family Farming, leading to the approval of new regulations for the development of Family Farming in their respective countries. In...

FAO e-Learning Courses

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SDC Calls for Proposals

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IITA: Data Analyst

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EAT Forum

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City: Stockholm
Country: Sweden
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ICSD 2018 : 6th International Conference on Sustainable Development

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City: Rome
Country: Italy
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Meeting Our Audience

One first step to supporting farmers is to understand their information needs. Farm Radio International aims to strengthen small-scale farming and rural communities, and a key step in doing so is to know the communities better. This is where formative...

Closing the feedback loop with interactive radio

At Farm Radio International, we are constantly trying to improve our programs and get the most out of the technologies we have on hand. Radio is a great tool for circulating information, and broadcasting a message to millions of listeners...

Barza Wire celebrates 10 years of sharing farmer stories

Ten years ago, Farm Radio International had the idea to start Farm Radio Weekly: an online agricultural news service that would regularly provide radio broadcasters with stories and resources for their radio programs. In this way, farm radio broadcasters would...

GFAR Talks: The Value of ‘Forgotten Foods’

Prof. Prabhu Pingali of Cornell University talks from the field about the urgent need for a transition from a focus on staple grains to agricultural systems that promote diversity, health and nutrition as well as profitability for smallholder farmers. Find...

GFAR's Iman El-Kaffass discusses transformational learning in TV interview

In an interview with an Egyptian TV news channel , Dr. El-Kaffass of GFAR Secretariat discussed the necessity for a new paradigm of transformational learning in order to qualify youth to overcome the challenges of the present and the future...


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