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#GCARD3: Together We Are Shaping the Future

Today, 5th April 2016,  Third Global Conference on Agricultural Research and Development (GCARD3) is formally opened at the Birchwood Hotel and O.R. Tambo Conference Centre in Boksburg, South Africa which will be continued for next 3 days.

The global event is hosting by the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) of South Africa, in support of Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) and Consortium of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), is expected to be an inclusive, participatory process and will be an opportunity to shape the future of global agricultural research.

History of GCARD

The Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) has been created to promote effective, targeted investment and build partnership, capacities and mutual accountabilities at all levels of the agricultural system so as to ensure that today’s agricultural research will meet the needs of the resource-poor end user.

As history, GCARD1 was held in March 2010 (France), resulted in the “GCARD Road Map”, a six-point plan for transforming agricultural research for development (ARD) around the world. In November 2012 (Uruguay) GCARD2 identified pathways to impact ARD, which led to 15 new commitments around partnership, capacity development and foresight. The GCARD3, which theme is “no one left behind: agri-food innovation and research for a sustainable world” kicks off a two-year global consultation process designed to help shape the strategy and future direction of international agriculture research and innovation.

National and Regional Consultations

During the year of 2015/2016, before to GCARD3, there were 20 national consultations meeting were coordinated by CGIAR centers with national partners. In Nepal, it was organized on 11th January, which objective was to share current CGIAR research activities to receive better insights of different research priorities of the stakeholders so as to run smoothly and have better impact on the research activities in Nepal. Similarly, GFAR and regional partners has organized 5 regional consultations meeting around the world.


Sessions at the GCARD3 will reflect upon the outcomes of the national and regional dialogues with a view to bridging the gaps between the generation of new ideas and their impact in development and it will bring together stakeholders to confirm commitments to the 2030 agenda for sustainable development and to discuss emerging applications in agri-food research and innovation.

The outcome will be a clear understanding of what is needed to achieve sustainable agricultural development in which “no one is left behind”. The Program is based on five key themes

  1. Scaling up: from research to impact;
  2. Demonstrating results and attracting investment;
  3. Keeping science relevant and future-focused;
  4. Sustaining the business of farming, and
  5. Ensuring better rural futures

Mainstreaming of Youth

GCARD3 is also becoming a major a space for youth, out of 512 GCARD3 participants, 140 are youth (that is more than 25%). There’s youth representation in all core teams (panels, speakers) of virtually every theme and session to discussion on how youth-led initiatives and their supporters can join forces better and work collectively towards youth-in-agriculture empowerment for agricultural development.


Participants, Social Media Boot Camp (Photo: GCARD3-SMB)

i) Social Media Boot Camp

To support GCARD3, a 3 days long social media boot camp was organized to train a group of 75 social reporters from young social reporters, finalists of the Youth Agri-preneurs Project (YAP) and staffs from GFAR partner organizations, who have never worked together before so they can report live from the event. This is to ensure that they will be well equipped with the tools and skills to integrate thousands of people who cannot be at the conference into the onsite discussions.

ii) Global Youth Delegates

Among 96 applications, there are 14 young enthusiasts as GCARD3 Youth delegates to be the voice of the youth: to be part of the discussions online and onsite, to solicit their peers to contribute with their own input, and to particularly express those youth specific aspirations, challenges, needs and opportunities they see for the youth to be active agents of change for agricultural developments at all levels.

iii) Finalists of Youth Agri-preneurs Project (YAP)

About 2 months ago, YAP was announced as a pilot project targeting young agricultural entrepreneurs or agri-preneurs by GFAR, CGIAR and the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD). Within three weeks, the organizer received 428 YAP proposals from youth around the globe. Through public voting and jury selection, later 6 proposals were announced as the finalists for the YAP. Each finalist will get a US$5,000 seed fund to facilitate the startup of their project, spread over the period of one year, and will be mentored by YPARD.

This blogpost is written by  Dinesh Panday, Communication officer at YPARD Asia and Pacific Coordination Unit.


Call for Papers: AgriFuture Days 2014

2014 is the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF). The theme of this years’Agrifuture Days 2014 conference is “ICTs enabling Family Farming”. The AnnualAgriFuture Days 2014 conference will take place from June 16th to 18th at Villach, Austria.

The Club of Ossiach, as AgriFuture Days organizers, invite speakers from the private, public, commercial, community and research sectors to send us their proposals for participation and presentations at AgriFuture Days 2014.
Key issues in the following 3 areas where the application and the use of ICTs make a difference to family farming will shape the program.
  1. Informing family farming communities
  2. Improving family farm’s productivity and production efficiencies
  3. Improving family farm producers participation in markets
The conference provides two options to give a presentation.
1) Innovative ICT solutions and big ideas to better one of the three a.m. subject areas
They will be presented on the 1st conference day, June 16th.
Please submit online an abstract of max 500 words, demonstrating the innovative research or development for improving one of the addressed problem areas. Abstracts should explicitly address background, objectives, methods, results and conclusions.
2) Well established technologies and software solutions
They will be presented during the 3rd conference day, June 18th the “Market-Day”If you want to give a presentation of your new or well established ICT-solutions, or technologies which may also lead to an improvement of family farming, pleased submit an abstract of max 250 words.

Please mention the subject area you are addressing with your presentation and select max 3 related topics from the following list.
General instructions:
Abstracts have to be submitted online not later than Feb. 20th. The notification of abstracts acceptance is made by April 30th.  Abstracts for innovative solutions should not exceed 500 words, those of well-established solutions not more than 250 words. English will be the official language of the conference. The final selection of papers is the exclusive decision of the organizers and the program committee. Accepted papers will be presented at the conference as an oral presentation and the text will also be published in the conference proceedings.
Please select from the following topics (max 3), which suit best to your presentation.

  • Advisory/Extension
  • Agribusiness
  • Agricultural engineering
  • Animal health
  • Animal production/ Livestock husbandry
  • Aquaculture
  • Biotechnology
  • Climate smart agriculture
  • Crop protection
  • Decision support Systems
  • Distance Learning
  • e-AgBusiness and Production Chain Management
  • Education/Training,
  • Energy
  • Field Data Acquisition and Recording
  • Food Safety Control/Tracking-Tracing
  • Forestry
  • GIS
  • Green houses and plant factories
  • Health and nutrition
  • ICT for agriculture
  • Information Systems and Databases
  • Instrumentation and Control
  • Landscape architecture
  • Mechanisation
  • Organic agriculture
  • Pest management
  • Plant production
  • Precision farming
  • Rural and Environmental Development and Policy
  • Sensors and instrumentation
  • Soil health
  • Value chain
  • Water management
  • Web Services, Portals and Internet Applications
  • Wireless and Sensor Networks

More details clubofossiach@agrifuturedays.com

Post Source: http://www.egfar.org/news/call-papers-agrifuture-days-2014

Call for Articles: GFAR and New Agriculturist

New Agriculturist

GFAR is seeking many new ways to spread the value of agricultural research and innovation of all kinds and how they are helping to address development challenges. GFAR has established a collaboration with New Agriculturist a widely read and well recognized online journal, to help share your stories about how agricultural knowledge and innovation are helping to address major development challenges and make a real difference in the lives of the poor.

Through publication in New Agriculturist we can help you to raise wider awareness of your work and share your knowledge with thousands of readers.  We are particularly interested in stories that show how you are delivering against processes transforming and strengthening agricultural research for development systems as highlighted in theGCARD Roadmap and how your work is helping achieve developmental change in increasing environmental resilience, in benefiting people’s lives and livelihoods or enhancing food and nutrition security, whether by improving foresight and prioritization, improving partnership, enhancing capacities, increasing investments, or by better linking research and innovation into development processes.
GFAR is contributing 3 articles in each edition. These articles will be displayed on the front page of New Agriculturist. The previous editions with the GFAR sections are available here.
The topic for the next edition is “Women Entrepreneurship and Innovation” and GFAR is seeking stories and projects from around the world on the theme, whether at local, national, regional or international scale.
We are specifically looking for articles on innovation and women’s entrepreneurship that are analyzing what has needed to change or be overcome in order for women to successfully develop small and medium sized enterprises, or in changing policies that enable them to do so.
We welcome your contributed articles, which must be received by the09 September 2013. The guidelines for writing up the articles in terms of content are:
Show how people put the GCARD RoadMap principles into practice:
1.      Background – what was the drive behind the new development
2.      Description of how the new development works and how it is changing real lives
3.      Hurdles and challenges that were overcome
4.      Comments and experiences of ‘developers’ and users
5.       Limitations/constraints/future challenges
6.       Responses from relevant/significant bodies (e.g. partner organizations)
7.       What next in terms of development? What lessons have been learnt/can be transferred elsewhere?
Article length is 750- 850 words. Please note, longer article will not be considered.
Please send us articles rather than research type papers as the former are more likely to be selected. To get more idea of the style expected please visit the previous edition.
All articles received will be submitted to New Agriculturist for their consideration and selection.
We invite you to identify and share stories on the topic and help us reach beyond GFAR`s community.
See the call here. Please send the articles to the following E-mail address: erna.klupacs@fao.org