Steering Committee members begin mobilizing their networks to action

A lot has happened in GFAR over the last three months. With the Partners in GFAR taking the lead, the foundation for a renewed GFAR has been laid—a new governance structure that ensures the voices of stakeholders from across all sectors are included in developing agriculture and food innovation systems for a sustainable future. Through an open and inclusive process, the Partners in GFAR themselves selected their representatives last December, including both global networks and local grassroots representative seats. Find out who’s representing you in the new GFAR Steering Committee here!

During a dynamic two-day meeting in Rome on 8-9 February, the first meeting of this newly formed GFAR Steering Committee introduced both new and renewed members and the vast constituencies they represent in GFAR. Together, they set the agenda for this unique global forum on agri-food research and innovation.

Meeting sessions helped build a common understanding of GFAR’s role and purpose towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and how each SC member can best mobilize their respective constituencies, with others, into their desired GFAR collective actions.

GFAR offers a fantastic platform for multi-sectoral solutions to complex problems. -Shantanu Mathur, IFAD

By discussing and learning from the challenges encountered in previous networked actions, and through different group work activities, the Committee recognized that the SDG challenges could not be addressed by any one constituency alone. There are certain key constraints to greater impact from agricultural research and innovation around the world and all require collective action for success. To address these, the SC identified the following GFAR key focus areas in 2018-2021:

  1. Enable and empower sustainable rural communities
  2. Increasing knowledge flow for development impact
  3. Supporting transformative learning and youth leadership development
  4. Changing value systems and metrics to deliver the SDGs
  5. Enabling sustainable rural enterprise

For more information about these focus areas, please refer to the Key Points Summary for the GFAR Steering Committee members to share with their constituency, translated in 6 languages, in the Documents section below.

This is a very exciting time for GFAR. We are moving quickly towards formulating our next GFAR Medium-Term Plan based on the above framework. The members of the Steering Committee are ready to act on their commitment to catalyze the Partners in GFAR into key collective actions in these areas.

GFAR is the mechanism to join efforts and build bridges, for research and communities to work together.  -Ren Wang, FAO

To keep up the momentum, it was agreed that the Steering Committee will meet again in May 2017—by which time Partners will have themselves identified their specific desired collective actions—to draw up GFAR's new Medium-Term Plan. 

"GFAR should be publicly recognized and we should all be proud to label our actions as GFAR collective actions, and to present them as such to potential partners and donors” -JL Restrepo, GFAR Chair

Take some time to watch the interviews below with some of the SC members to see how they want to work together towards the shared goals of GFAR. And stay tuned in the coming months for updates on GFAR's new collective agenda for action! 

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.

Interview with Keron Bascombe, representative of Youth

Watch this interview with Keron Bascombe, representative of the Youth Constituency at the local level in the GFAR Steering Committee.


Interview with Agnes Mwang'ombe, representative of Higher Education

Watch this interview with Agnes Mwang'ombe of the University of Nairobi, who represents the Higher Education Constituency at the local level in the GFAR Steering Committee.


Interview with Nana Osei Bonsu, representative of Private Sector

Watch this interview with Mr Nana Osei Bonsu of Private Enterprise Federation, Ghana, who represents Private Sector at the local level in the GFAR Steering Committee.


Interview with Rula Al-Khateeb, representative of Farmers

Watch this interview with Ms Rula Al-Khateeb of the Palestinian Farmers' Union who represents Farmer and Agricultural Workers at the local level in the GFAR Steering Committee.

Key Points Summary for the GFAR Steering Committee members to share with their constituency

Publisher: GFAR
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Publisher: GFAR

Resumen de Puntos Claves para ser Compartidos por los Miembros del Comité Directivo del GFAR con sus Circunscripciones

Publisher: GFAR

Résumé à l’attention des membres du Comité de Pilotage du GFAR des points clés à partager avec les groupes qu’ils représentent

Publisher: GFAR

Ключевые моменты Резюме для членов Руководящего комитета (РК) Глобального форума по сельскохозяйственным исследованиям (ГФСХИ), для распространения среди своих электоратов (избирателями)

Publisher: GFAR

خاص بأعضاء اللجنة لعرضه على القطاعات التي يمثلونها من الشركاء في المنتدى - GFAR النقاط الرئيسيّة لاجتماع اللجنة التوجيهية للمنتدى الدولي للبحوث الزراعية والابتكار من اجل التنمية

Publisher: GFAR

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...