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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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Agriculture and Rural Development Day

Agriculture and Rural Development Day

The purpose of Agriculture and Rural Development Day - the fourth in a series of annual events, being held this time in parallel with Rio+20 - is to ensure that a commitment to a 'sustainable green economy' includes clear steps toward sustainable food systems. Participants will chart a way forward, reinforce the alliances that can get us there, and identify ways to measure progress. The day's key messages will be shared widely through the mass and social media as well as through links with related events.

GCARD roadmap creating change

GCARD roadmap creating change

A bold agenda for transforming and strengthening agricultural research for development systems around the world has been set out and agreed to by thousands of GFAR stakeholders. Monty Jones explains how these 'GCARD Roadmap' principles can contribute greatly to the G8 New Alliance proposed for Joing Action in Africa.

Agricultural innovation systems e-conference

Agricultural innovation systems e-conference

FAO is hosting a moderated e-mail conference from 4 June to 1 July 2012 on 'Ensuring the full participation of family farmers in agricultural innovation systems: Key issues and case studies'. The e-mail conference will focus on the issues that determine whether family farmers can fully participate in, and benefit from, agricultural innovation systems (AIS). What are the key opportunities and hurdles for family farmers to engage in, and benefit from, AIS and what can policy-makers do to increase potential opportunities and remove potential hurdles? To subscribe to the conference, send an e-mail to listserv@listserv.fao.org with the following one line in the body of the message (leave the subject line blank): subscribe AIS-L firstname lastname.

Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize seeks nominations

The Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize for Agriculture and Food aims to recognise individuals, or a group, for their exemplary and promising contribution in promoting innovation through research, development and capacity building, in order to improve food and agricultural systems sustainability as well as contribute to addressing food security and poverty reduction. The deadline for nominations is 16 July 2012.

Lecture held on the future of the land

Lecture held on the future of the land

Sustainable intensification of agriculture, a more robust food system and mainstreaming of biodiversity considerations in land use planning are fundamental policy areas that need to be addressed, Dr Maurits van den Berg has stated in a recent lecture on the future of the land.

Empowering women in agriculture

Empowering women in agriculture

Over 750 participants from 50 countries have gathered in Delhi to call for collective action and investment to put the needs of women farmers at the centre of agricultural thinking and practice. High-level policy discussions identified reforms and institutional changes needed for empowering women in agriculture, which will form the basis for wider collective action through GFAR's Gender in Agriculture Partnership.

Neglecting women hinders ability to resolve threats to food security

Neglecting women hinders ability to resolve threats to food security

As developing countries battle multiple threats to food security - soaring prices, crop-crushing weather extremes and dramatic population growth - agriculture experts gathering in New Delhi this week warn that efforts to boost food production and reduce malnutrition risk failure if they continue to ignore the important role of women farmers around the world.

Global conference on women in agriculture

Global conference on women in agriculture

In March, hundreds of participants will gather in India for the first international conference to comprehensively address the gender gap in agriculture. Organised by GFAR, the conference hopes to highlight policies and reforms that empower women in developing countries to improve agricultural productivity and nutrition and reduce hunger and poverty. To join GFAR in sharing the message in the lead up to and during the conference, please see 'full article'.

GFAR-supported participant gives view on COP 17

GFAR-supported participant gives view on COP 17

The views from a GFAR-supported participant of last year's COP 17 meeting have been outlined in a short report, including details of the Agriculture and Rural Development Day and Forest Day events and a side event on climate-smart agriculture.

Tracking investments in agricultural research for development

Tracking investments in agricultural research for development

At present there is often little clarity on the source of funds for agriculture and rural development, nor effective systems to track these investments to provide evidence of impact and justify increased investment. Recognising this, the organisers of a technical workshop on tracking investments in agricultural research for develoipment have released a summary of the meeting and recommendations.

 

 

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