Agriculture / Extension / Research

The ‘new extensionist’: Roles, capacities, and strategies to reduce hunger and poverty

Recognizing the chronic need for strengthening of advisory services around the world, the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) was a founding member and co-funder of the recently established GFRAS – the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services.  GFAR and GFRAS need your input! They are preparing an important paper called “The New Extensionist”, proposing … Continue reading

Agriculture / CGIAR / Food Security / Research

Greater coherence among agricultural research bodies to be urged at Montpellier G20 meeting

An opinion piece by Mark Tran in the Guardian‘s Poverty Matters Blog yesterday (12 Sep 2011) argues that the G20 faces obstacles in its efforts to spread good farming practices, and that a lack of coherence among agricultural research bodies is a major obstacle. ‘Spreading good ideas and practices in farming sounds like a simple enough … Continue reading

Agriculture / CGIAR / CRPs / Directorate / Research

Get involved with the CGIAR Mega Program consultations

Message from Mr Mark Holderness, Executive Secretary, Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) ‘Following requests at the recent (July 2010) CGIAR Fund Council meeting, the CGIAR Consortium Board has now compiled and made available a list of all the consultations with partners that are being organized by the CGIAR Centers around their development of proposed … Continue reading

CGIAR / Climate Change / Food Security / Research

The next green revolution

After enjoying breakthroughs in the fight against low farm productivity more than four decades ago, farm scientists from the Asia-Pacific region are increasingly in agreement with their worldwide peers that their work is no longer keeping pace with the rapidly changing farm environment. Mapping out an appropriate direction for the future was the focus of … Continue reading

Agriculture / CGIAR / Food Security / Research

The spirit of Montpellier

The first Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development in Montpellier, France, provided a special opportunity to engage with partners and stakeholders of the CGIAR. An estimated 1,000 participants gathered in Montpellier, including researchers, policymakers, farmers, donors, and members of civil society from every region of the world. We would like to thank our partners, … Continue reading

Agriculture / Livelihoods / Research

Agricultural research needs a global rethink

The Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development must reset research priorities, says World Food Prize winner Monty Jones. The world’s agricultural scientists have done life-saving work in university laboratories, global research centres and government agencies. Millions of people across the developing world are alive today because of advances that have conquered deadly pathogens, kept … Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture / Research

GCARD summary of Africa e-consultation available

The Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) has posted the results of a summary of an e-consultation on the future of agricultural research in Africa. Four regional e-consultations were conducted in preparation for a 28-31 March 2010 physical meeting in Montpellier, France. The summary of the African e-consultation, organized and summarized by the … Continue reading