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GFAR

The Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) brings together all those working to strengthen and transform agricultural research for development around the world. As part of this role, GFAR is working with New Agriculturist to showcase and raise awareness of important initiatives and their outcomes, to update and inspire others.

Research and innovation... Foresight

With shifting climates, volatile markets, controversial technologies and rapidly-evolving policies, anticipating what the future will bring is not getting any easier. To deal with today's issues and anticipate and prevent future problems, forward-looking, anticipatory research and analysis (foresight) is being increasingly used to describe the possible conditions that farmers may face and to focus research, innovation and policy to make the most of them: not just anticipating the future, but shaping it. In this edition, GFAR highlights how foresight studies in Indonesia, Morocco and Argentina are having an influence on environmental and agricultural policies.

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Seeking harmony in Indonesia

Seeking harmony in Indonesia

To help planners and policymakers balance the needs of agricultural development and nature conservation on the Indonesian island of Seram, a foresight tool was used to outline four land-use planning scenarios, each representing a possible future.

Date published: April 2013

Mastering trade liberalisation in Morocco

Mastering trade liberalisation in Morocco

Morocco's agricultural and rural sectors are facing new economic, social and environmental challenges imposed by globalisation. Developing a new vision and strategy for agriculture, shared by all actors, is crucial for achieving equitable and sustainable progress in the country.

Date published: April 2013

Sustaining Mendoza's environmental future

Sustaining Mendoza's environmental future

In Mendoza Province, Argentina, the quality and quantity of water and soil are rapidly diminishing. Recognising the environmental vulnerability and fragility of the area, a foresight study was carried out to forecast Mendoza's environmental future up to 2030.

Date published: April 2013

 

 

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