Monthly Archives: October, 2012

Farmers’ cooperation: Successful story of cattle farming in Uruguay

Livestock is integral part of a country’s agriculture, and Uruguay is no exception. The livestock industry in the country is based on smallholder family owned farms. The strength of livestock in Uruguay is based on inter-farmer cooperation; when farmers have a problem they will gather together and share their ideas and experience.

This is the story of Gerardo Mora and Ignacio Gonzalez from Uruguay who are working in cattle farming activities. These two cattle producers are not only united by a similar kind of work but a very similar feeling regarding the experience of working with the technicians.

Gerardo started cattle farming with 270 hectares and Gonzalez with 364 hectares. “It’s simply a much better organization of the management and a better dealing of the resources and managing in a strategic way the issue of land improvement”, a 55 year old Gerardo said.  The cattle producers used to gather in a school where they have a real opportunity of sharing knowledge.

Aside from meetings at the school, Gonzalez is also part of the board of the promoting committee, Ruta 109. Thus, he has gained very good knowledge and wide experience in group work.

Gonzalez’s land was selected together with seven other livestock producers by INIA  in April 2012 for an exchange program. “There are exchanges between the INIA technicians and the cattle producer in order to improve the productive, economic and social indexes”, Gonzalez said.

The organization of the system works so that it is within everybody’s reach. It is just a matter of changing the mind and the way in which management is faced. This change is one that both producers have adopted, and that apparently keeps them pretty busy through the cooperation among them, organizations and systems as a whole.

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Blogpost by Dinesh Panday, one of the GCARD2 social reporters.


Youth in Agriculture

Recent projections from FAO state that in the next 40 years the world’s population will increase from 7 billion to over 10 billion.  At the same time, agriculture is an ageing and undervalued profession for which there is a declining interest among young people.  Who will feed this growing population and how?

In order to tackle this issue, GFAR (The Global Forum on Agriculture Research) believes that youth, as key stakeholders in the future of AR4D (Agriculture Research for Development), must be involved.  Young professionals face numerous challenges including making their voices heard and exerting influence in the field of AR4D. Lack of youth involvement in AR4D  has negative implications for the sector, reducing the potential for innovation, use of new communication technologies, inclusivity and future sustainability.

Special attention must be given to encouraging young people into careers in all aspects of AR4D.  It is important that young people themselves help express what changes are needed in agricultural education and incentives to make careers more attractive and valued and better recognize the range of roles now required in AR4D.

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