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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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Tackling the gender gap in agriculture

Tackling the gender gap in agriculture

Speaking at a conference on Gender Transformative Research Approaches, Rachel Kyte, Chair of CGIAR Fund Council and World Bank Vice President of Sustainable Development, highlights the importance of tackling the gender gap in agriculture. In a video message, Kyte states that poor female farmers have insecure rights to land, smaller plots with poorer soils and significantly less access to fertiliser, improved seed, credit and extension services. Female farmers also earn less from their labour, are more vulnerable to climate change and natural hazards and are less able to adapt. But when the playing field is level, women are at least as productive as men, if not more so. In Africa, it has been estimated that women farmers could produce 20 per cent more than men if they had access to the same resources. Kyte explains how the CGIAR is working to benefit women on the farm and in the laboratory and has re-doubled its efforts to take gender disparity into account in all of its work.

Engaging smallholders in ARD

Engaging smallholders in ARD

Why is smallholders engagement lacking in ARD? For this central puzzle from the GCARD2 foresight paper 'The voice of smallholders in shaping priorities', three possible explanations have been pointed out by researchers from the ETC Foundation: a lack of capacity, democracy and accountability. Another GCARD2 session led to discussions on whether some problems regarding smallholder inclusion might be overlooked. While the primary focus is on the production level, there are other crucial obstacles for smallholders to be addressed on a global scale such as land access, land-grabbing and price volatily.

Who is working on agricultural biodiversity?

Who is working on agricultural biodiversity?

If you are organising activities to promote agricultural biodiversity, Bioversity International would like to hear from you. Bioversity have released a survey to collect information about who is working on agricultural biodiversity and how. This information will be used to identify needs and to try out new ways of sharing information using modern technology.

Invitation for applications - partnering Chinese and German researchers

Invitation for applications - partnering Chinese and German researchers

Many of earth's natural resources are dwindling. New methods for sustained use of these resources and interdisciplinary research to develop them are needed - especially in countries that face rapid economic growth. If your research team is working in the field of sustainable use of renewable natural resources and if you wish to intensify your contact to Chinese colleagues through new research projects check this call for applications. It supports German-Chinese research teams in their aim to realise joint research projects in Germany and China, especially those who include their younger scientists. Deadline for applications in October 5th 2012.

Climate change and development in Africa

Professor Christopher Whitty, Chief Scientific Advisor and Director of Research and Evidence at the Department for International Development, has delivered the Walker Institute annual lecture on climate change and development in Africa. He highlights some of the major knowledge gaps and discuss how we can maximise the impact of multi-disciplinary research on policy and practice in what is one of the most difficult development challenges we face.

GCARD online pre-registration extended

GCARD online pre-registration extended

Online pre-registration for The Second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD 2) to be held on 29 October - 1 November 2012 in Punta del Este, Uruguay has been extended. Pre-registration is open to all those concerned with strengthening the value and impact of agricultural knowledge and innovation in development.

Sustainable agriculture is our common future

Sustainable agriculture is our common future

Over 600 people attended the 4th Agriculture and Rural Development Day (ARDD) on 18th June, with another 600 watching the live webcast and thousands more interacting via social media at Rio+20. To keep the conversation going, GFAR has collected together blog and media highlights, links to sessions, and a summary of the outcomes of Rio+20 for food and farming.

Pre-GCARD meeting available

Pre-GCARD meeting available

Would you like the opportunity to discuss your work in a pre-conference meeting in the run up to GCARD 2012? Time slots of 2, 4 and 8 hours are available on 27-28 October 2012. Please download an application form if you would like to apply. All applications will be reviewed by the GCARD2 Organizing Committee. Due to space limitations, it may not be possible to accommodate all requests and the multi-stakeholder GCARD2 Organizing Committee reserves the right to select pre-conference meetings which are most relevant to the purpose and themes of the Conference.The deadline for submitting applications is 15 July 2012.

Lessons in sustainable landscapes and livelihoods from Rio+20

Lessons in sustainable landscapes and livelihoods from Rio+20

On 18 June in Rio de Janeiro, at the fourth Agriculture and Rural Development Day (ARDD), nearly one thousand people, half in person and half participating virtually, committed to work together toward a sustainable global food system. Participants called for the Rio+20 Earth Summit to recognise the significance of agriculture in economic growth, food security, poverty reduction and long-term environmental sustainability.

GCARD online pre-registration now open

GCARD online pre-registration now open

Online pre-registration for The Second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD 2) to be held on 29 October - 1 November 2012 in Punta del Este, Uruguay is now open. Pre-registration is open to all those concerned with strengthening the value and impact of agricultural knowledge and innovation in development.

 

 

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