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 / Impact Assessment / Livestock / Research / Women

Top 100 (‘future of agriculture’) questions

The wizard (picture credit: Sean McGrath’s Photostream). In the (reflective/list-obsessed) spirit of the end-of-year/end-of-decade season, and in case you missed it last November, the ‘top 100’ questions on the future of global agriculture was whittled down from a total of 618 ‘key questions’ over the course of a year by a group of 55 experts … Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture / Asia / Crop-Livestock / Livestock / Research / Uganda

The future of agricultural research for development

There is no doubt that in the last 50 years, agricultural science has helped to overcome the threat of famine for billions of people. But a billion remain undernourished and the spectre of poverty remains. With climate change, rising food prices and a burgeoning global population, the demands on agriculture to become more efficient and … Continue reading

CGIAR / ILRI / Research

Development of CGIAR research agenda makes leap forward

The Alliance of CGIAR Centers reached an important milestone at its workshop 9-12 February 2010 in Rome. Partners from the Global Forum for Agricultural Research (GFAR) and the CGIAR Science Council joined the Alliance in making significant progress in the development of the Strategy and Results Framework and the portfolio of Mega Programs. Immediately prior … Continue reading