GFAR Statutory Meetings, 26-28 November 2008

GFAR Statutory Meetings

The 4th Programme Committee meeting of the Global Forum will be held on 26 November 2008
The 22nd Steering Committee meeting of the Global Forum will be held on 27 and 28 November 2008
The Donor Support Group meeting will be held on the 29 November 2008

The agendas of the meetings are available below.

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Workshop: Adoption of ICT Enabled Information Systems for Agricultural Development

During the AFITA, IAALD and WCCA World Conference on Agricultural Information and IT held in Atsugi (Tokyo), Japan, from 24 to 27 August 2008, GFAR organized a pre-conference workshop titled "Adoption of ICT Enabled Information Systems for Agricultural Development and Rural Viability", four sessions titled “Extension Service / Rural Development / ICT Adoption / Policy” and a wrap up plenary session which hosted a panel discussion of the workshop and session reviews .

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DURAS Project Closing Seminar, June 2008

After four years of implementation, the DURAS Project is wrapping up its activities. A project closing seminar is being organized under the auspices of GFAR on 11-13 June 2008 at the FAO Headquarters in Rome. 

See here for more information.

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Innovation Africa: enriching farmers livelihoods

This book features a selection of contributions to the Innovation Africa Symposium (November 2006, Kampala, Africa) reflecting cutting-edge thinking and practice in agricultural innovation system approaches in Africa. Reduced price for advance bulk orders.

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Call for Nominations for the Executive Board of the CGIAR Generation Challenge Programme

During its annual meeting in Beijing, China, in December 2007, the Programme Steering Committee of the Generation Challenge Programme adopted a new Executive Board mechanism to ensure that the Programme is governed by a panel of experts who are independent of the consortium members implementing the Programme. 

The Programme Steering Committee has now invited the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (and other relevant bodies) to nominate qualified candidates to serve as members of the challenge programme Executive Board. A total of 7 positions are available.

Key requirements requested by the Program Steering Committee are that the members should be independent of the Program itself and that they should have expertise in relevant areas of science, finance and/or corporate governance.
They should also bring a strong understanding of the needs and perspectives of potential end users/beneficiaries of plant breeding outcomes in developing countries and be able to represent these needs effectively into the management of the Program.

Investing in Agricultural Development. Information, Knowledge and Communication the Fertilizers of Future Research Harvests

Like the famous NPK fertilizer formula1 for plant growth, agricultural organizations and institutions require regular doses of the three information, knowledge and communication elements. In the right combinations, and with suitable tools and devices to formulate, spread and apply them, these ¿intellectual fertilizers¿ are critical inputs to rich and sustainable research ¿harvests.¿