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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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Gender in Agriculture Partnership e-survey results

Gender in Agriculture Partnership e-survey results

GAP partners have come together through their shared concerns at the urgent need for large-scale action on gender-based issues in agriculture, a need that brings together and transcends individual institutional efforts. Given the enormous and diverse scale of needs, it is crucial that GAP now focuses its collective energy on clearly defined priority areas, where the joined-up actions of the Partnership can bring greatest synergies and impacts to benefit all. The potential efficiencies and value-addition of working through the open, collective partnership of the GAP movement are clear and strongly attractive. To help ensure concerned organisations of all forms truly own the GAP movement and that it responds directly to their needs, GFAR sponsored an e-survey to learn about what those committed to addressing gender issues in agriculture were thinking, doing, and planning as collective actions, and to understand their key priorities and needs for actions of the GAP network. This report presents the results of this e-survey, conducted between October-November 2012, and its analyses draw out the implications of their needs for GAP's development.

Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture: 30th anniversary

Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture: 30th anniversary

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, several partners and key stakeholders have shared their views on achievements and future priorities of the Commission. The compilation of 18 interviews with the DG of FAO, Bioversity International, Executive Secretary of the CBD, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Chair and Vice-Chair of the Steering Committee of the High Level Panel of Experts for Food Security and Nutrition, and many others, will be followed by their individual interviews that will be published during the course of 2013.

New GFAR chairperson

New GFAR chairperson

Mr Juan Lucas Restrepo Ibiza, from Colombia, has been selected as the new Chair by the Steering Committee of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR). Professor Ruth Oniang'o has been appointed as Vice-Chair. Restrepo is the executive director of the Colombian National Agricultural Research Corporation and has previously served as Vice-Minister of Agricultural and Rural Development in Colombia and been Board Chair for the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). Formerly Professor of Food Science and Nutrition at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya, Oniang'o is widely recognised as an authority in nutrition, has served on a number of national committees and commissions, and founded the Afican Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development and a grassroots-based development organisation, connecting research with rural communities.

PhD studentship opportunities

PhD studentship opportunities

The Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) has been established under a generous grant from the Leverhulme Trust to build an intersectoral and interdisciplinary platform for integrating research in agriculture and health, with a focus on international development goals. As part of this process, LCIRAH is offering four London-based PhD studentships, each 3 years in duration, to start in the 2013/2014 academic year. Studentships will cover fieldwork costs, student stipend, and UK/EU tuition fees. Closing date is the 5th April 2013.

GFAR launch new briefing service

GFAR launch new briefing service

A new briefing service from the GFAR Secretariat aims to keep readers regularly informed and aware of new initiatives and actions around the world, so that these can have greater reach and impact for the world's poor. The first edition of GFAR Update includes stories of new involvements in collective foresight and work to promote interactivity through radio and ICTs.

Engaging youths in agriculture

Engaging youths in agriculture

Ask a young person what they wish for their future, and very few will mention agriculture. Whether as a farmer, researcher or extension officer, the production of food tends to be a last resort, not the positive choice of an ambitious young man or woman. Two months after the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development, members of the onsite social reporters have listed their post-GCARD initiatives to engage youths.

ARD conference announcement

In recent years, significant progress has been made in improving European coordination of Agricultural Research for Development through ERA-ARD, an EC funded project addressing national programmes for Agricultural Research for Development (ARD) in Europe, as well as EIARD (European Initiative for Agricultural Research for Development) targeting European support to global ARD initiatives like the CGIAR and SCAR (Standing Committee on Agricultural Research). The ERA-ARD II project will be holding a 1-day Final Conference in Brussels, Belgium on Wednesday 5th June 2013.

Foresight at GCARD2: when stakeholders get together

Foresight at GCARD2: when stakeholders get together

Stakeholder participation is central for reforming agricultural research for development. It is central for improved foresight, too. But what does it mean in practice? During the GCARD2 foresight sessions, stakeholders revealed their willingness to engage together in foresight. Video clips of stakeholders talking about foresight are available from the GCARD2 website.

Tackling the challenges of hunger, nutrition and climate justice

Tackling the challenges of hunger, nutrition and climate justice

The Irish Government and the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice will convene an international conference in Dublin on 15-16 April 2013 to open dialogue and debate on the linked challenges global challenges of hunger, nutrition and climate justice, and to encourage and inspire innovative thinking and solutions. The conference is being organised in partnership with the World Food Programme and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). The objective will be to facilitate a respectful dialogue and learn from practical experience and robust evidence to inform a new approach to addressing hunger, nutrition and climate justice, in the context of the new international development agenda.

ENDURE foresight study goes global

ENDURE foresight study goes global

The work of ENDURE's foresight study team has been presented to the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) as part of GFAR's effort to produce a global report on foresight for impact. GFAR identified, analysed and selected more than 40 recent foresight studies for further discussion at October's Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) 2012 in Montevideo, Uruguay. "The study shows that many of the driving forces impacting crop protection are outside and beyond the sphere of influence of the crop protection world itself," explains author Marco Barzman. "It will be up to researchers to pass messages on to the pertinent decision makers that public policies discussed in terms of broad economic objectives affecting agriculture also have consequences in terms of the health and environmental sustainability of future crop protection strategies."

 

 

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