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The future of agricultural research for development

The future of agricultural research for development

Agricultural research stands at a crossroads as increasingly complex challenges to feed the world are faced. The world looks to science for the answers but research takes time to achieve an impact. From the first Global Conference for ARD we present the viewpoints of some of the delegates gathered to discuss the challenges in transforming the global research system.

Date published: May 2010

Reaching the last mile

Reaching the last mile

Reaching farmers with appropriate and timely advice and enabling them to access the inputs they require is an ongoing challenge for private and public sector providers. At a workshop held in New Delhi, representatives from Africa and Asia gathered to share and discuss their views on reaching the last mile.

Date published: March 2010

Success in agricultural development

Success in agricultural development

A recent publication, Millions Fed, highlights successful interventions in agricultural development over recent decades. At the publication launch, development practitioners discuss whether the lessons learnt from these case studies are relevant to the increasingly complex challenges which will be faced during the next 50 years.

Date published: January 2010

Role of the media in agricultural development

Role of the media in agricultural development

The role of the media as an effective player in agricultural and rural development is undervalued. So what are the challenges and opportunities for the media to promote more effective agricultural development? We ask experts for their views.

Date published: November 2009

Uncovering seasonality

Uncovering seasonality

Seasonality and its effects on the rural poor are often overlooked. So what needs to be done in order to raise awareness with policymakers and prevent seasonal hunger? We ask experts at the Seasonality revisited conference for their perspectives.

Date published: September 2009

'Land grabbing' - opportunity or threat?

'Land grabbing' - opportunity or threat?

"Land grabbing" in Africa, Asia and Latin America has hit the headlines, as wealthy countries and private investors buy or lease large areas of farmland to grow food for their own people. We ask the experts for their opinions on this growing trend.

Date published: July 2009

Agricultural science - a promising future?

Agricultural science - a promising future?

Is agricultural science a wise career move for Africa's school and college leavers? Or will they face a struggle to access equipment and funding, and find promotion opportunities blocked by older scientists? Read the opinions of some of West Africa's brightest young agricultural scientists and the outspoken director general of IITA, Peter Hartmann.

Date published: May 2009

Saving African soils: grounds for hope?

Saving African soils: grounds for hope?

Soil scientists in Africa and beyond are now convinced that investments focusing on depleted soils are vital to achieve a turnaround in agricultural productivity. We ask experts for their opinions on how African soils can be saved.

Date published: March 2009

African agriculture - prime time to invest?

African agriculture - prime time to invest?

As the world economy teeters on the edge of a full-blown recession, what will this mean for agriculture in Africa in 2009? We ask the experts at the EMRC Africa Finance and Investment Forum, for their opinions.

Date published: January 2009

African bananas - unlocking the potential

African bananas - unlocking the potential

Bananas are used in a multitude of ways, including being eaten fresh or fried, or brewed for beer. But what exactly is required to promote and transform banana production in Africa? We asked the experts for their views.

Date published: November 2008

 

 

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