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GFAR

In this section, the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) highlights a range of articles and programmes describing advances in Agricultural Research for Development (ARD). A selection of brief news items based around recent international and regional events and meetings concerned with agricultural innovation and its implications in development are presented and links to further information are provided under each item.

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Empowering women to deliver on food security and nutrition

Empowering women to deliver on food security and nutrition

The Gender in Agriculture Partnership (GAP) is organising a side event on "Transforming food systems: empowering women to deliver on Food Security and Nutrition" at the Committee of World Food Security event on October 10th 2013. The event will discuss: the evidence showing how women's and girls' empowerment delivers on these outcomes; the costs of failing to invest in women's roles in high-nutrient-value food chains and of ignoring women's triple work burden (household, reproductive and market); and the enabling environment - policies, rights, laws and incentives - to empower women in food systems to deliver food security and nutrition.

Global knowledge platform to galvanise women's economic empowerment

Global knowledge platform to galvanise women's economic empowerment

UN Women in partnership with the Government of Canada have launched the Global Knowledge Gateway for Women's Economic Empowerment (www.empowerwomen.org). This open online platform seeks to re-vitalise women's economic empowerment by building connections. Focusing on a range of trends and factors that drive women's economic empowerment, including economic policy, employment, statistics, resources, entrepreneurship and leadership, to energy, climate, the environment and agriculture, the platform aims to scale up opportunities and capacity. It will leverage existing resources and networks amongst governments, the UN system, private sector, civil society, and the public.

The gateway will provide up-to-date information, technical resources and good practices for women's business and economic opportunities. Online discussions and a Learning Centre with regular e-courses and webinars are interactive features of the portal. "Women have a right to equal opportunities and equal access to information, resources and training," says PhumzileMlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women. "When women are empowered, the benefits ripple outwards and strengthen societies and economies."

Report on mainstreaming gender in African ARD

Report on mainstreaming gender in African ARD

A new report presents the findings of a study conducted on the constraints and opportunities for mainstreaming gender equality in African agricultural research and development (ARD). The book reviews the gender issues in agriculture, presents opportunities for institutional learning that could serve as a road map for effective integration of gender into African ARD, and looks at the challenges for effective integration of gender into African ARD. Best practices for institutional learning, are included.

3rd Global Conference on Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security and Climate Change

3rd Global Conference on Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security and Climate Change

The 3rd Global Conference on Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security and Climate Change will be held from 3 to 5 December 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa and will include high-level discussions on a Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance. The Conference is organised by the governments of the Republic of South Africa, the Netherlands, and in collaboration with other partners, including FAO and the World Bank. The 3rd Global Conference in South Africa will provide the platform for global leaders, practitioners, scientists, farmers, organised agriculture, civil society, the private sector, and NGOs to discuss and share experiences on successes, and to deliberate the challenges and threats to food and nutrition security under the impact of climate change.

G20 agricultural scientists collaborate

G20 agricultural scientists collaborate

At the G20 summit in July 2013, the second Meeting of Agricultural Chief Scientists (MACS) brought together Chief Scientists and high level research officials from the G20 and international organisations including GFAR, FAO, IFAO, CGIAR and OECD. The Chief Scientists agreed a set of actions to make the best use of the synergies and collaborative opportunities among the tremendous agricultural research and development capabilities of the G20 nations.

International foresight academic seminar

International foresight academic seminar

The European International Foresight Academy (IFA) Academic Seminar will cover several topics related to participatory and democratic foresight in support of decision-making. It shall address the inclusive and engaging nature of foresight through stakeholder involvement. In this context, this Academic Seminar will explore the development and use of foresight approaches aimed at enabling a smarter, more participatory and sustainable future through cross-cultural comparisons.

How agricultural innovation grants can benefit smallholder producers

How agricultural innovation grants can benefit smallholder producers

A new review study supported by AusAID and DFID has examined the effectiveness of agricultural innovation grants to smallholder agricultural producers in facilitating agricultural innovation, particularly in ways that benefit the poor and women in developing countries. The authors examined 20 impact studies and found that all showed evidence of positive changes due to these investments in agricultural innovation.

The Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) has for many years championed the direct empowerment of farmers in research processes, catalyzing and supporting farmer and CSO-led programmes such as ProLinnova and DURAS, each of which has achieved considerable impact on the ground.

New directions for GFAR

New directions for GFAR

The Steering Committee of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research has taken a series of important and profound steps to ensure that GFAR continues to evolve to effectively meet the increasing demands for the Forum's work. Through these changes, the Committee intends GFAR to fully deliver on its mandate as the unique multi-stakeholder mechanism for catalyzing the transformation and strengthening of agricultural research, extension, education and enterprise systems around the world, working to achieve greater impacts on hunger, poverty and environmental sustainability. The meeting built on the growing momentum in implementing the GCARD Roadmap into practical actions.

Making agricultural knowledge accessible and useful for smallholders

Making agricultural knowledge accessible and useful for smallholders

Representatives of national, regional and global organisations attended a Global Consultation in May 2013 at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Addis Ababa where they endorsed the CIARD movement and agreed on a new focus to support innovation in smallholder agriculture. The partners reaffirmed their commitment to enlarge the movement, reinforce efforts to make agricultural knowledge more easily accessible and enhance its scope to support smallholders better.

Building collective action on the sustainable use of agro-biodiversity

Building collective action on the sustainable use of agro-biodiversity

Agricultural biodiversity plays essential roles in development and in sustaining livelihoods, food security and nutrition. However, despite its vital role in food security, nutrition, sustainability and resilience, incomes, ecosystem services and social coherence, efforts to bring greater benefits through sustainable use of this vital resource to humanity have remained fragmented and undervalued. GFAR recently convened a multi-partner dialogue on this theme as part of the 30-year anniversary of the Commission on Genetic Resources in Food and Agriculture. A video of this session is now available.

 

 

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