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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.

Why GCARD3?

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.

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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.

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CIPE Blog Competition 2013 [Deadline Extended]

Blog Competition Guidelines

Who can participate: 
Writers from around the world interested in democratic and economic reforms and their role in development. Past CIPE Essay Competition Winners are not eligible to participate.

Length and language
Up to 750 words. All blog posts must be in English.

Submission Format

This year CIPE’s competition is reaching out to the growing global ranks of bloggers. All submissions should therefore be written as a blog entry. Submissions will be accepted both from seasoned bloggers and aspiring ones. You do not need to have an existing blog to apply, but if you are interested in blogging CIPE encourages you to set one up for free using a service such asWordPressBlogger, or Tumblr.

Please use this online form to submit your entry. The submissions must be either unpublished work or previously published on the author’s own blog.

Previously unpublished submissions must include the writer’s name in the file name and inside the document. For example, if your name is John J. Smith, the document should be named “SMITH-JOHN.doc”. If the entry is already published on your blog, please provide the URL.

You are only allowed to submit one entry.

The blog post you submit, where applicable, should include examples from your personal experience relating to the topic. Submissions that only talk about challenges to the issues in general terms, or limit proposed solutions only to what governments should do, will not be successful.

We encourage you to submit blog posts that contain a photo or a video to illustrate your message. Photos or videos should be original or, if someone else is the author, properly cited under fair use standards with a link to the source.

Winners:
Authors of the three best blog posts will each receive a $250 honorarium, three runners-up will each receive a $100 honorarium, and three third place winners will each receive $75 honorarium. CIPE will publish all nine winning entries on its blog, which reaches 15,000 readers around the world each month, and also publish them as a part of its Economic Reform Feature Service article series reaching CIPE’s network of over 20,000 contacts worldwide.

Deadline:
December 2, 2013 at 11:00 PM (EDT)

Categories

Your blog post should address one of the following three topics as related to developing countries (e.g., non-OECD countries):

  1. How can social media empower citizens to participate in a democratic dialogue on constructive reforms?
  2. What experiences from other countries can guide the role of youth in your country’s democratic and economic development?
  3. What story or personal experience can you share to illustrate the need and possible solutions for democratic and economic reforms in your country?

Submit your essay!

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Agriculture Needs Your Voice!

In the early time, agricultural information exchange has been dominated by industrial media such as newspapers, radios, television, and magazines. Over the time period due to scientific and technological developments in recent years, however, technology awareness and computer literacy are increasing across all demographics and various forms of social media are being used more and more by people looking for news, education, and other information related to agriculture.

There is not an industry or area of the world that social media has not touched. Even in rural areas, social media is reaching farmers and agriculture students. Both the old and the young are finding ways to connect. The internet, smartphones, tablets and the related apps and social media experience are evolving as a major extension tool for the present and future. New channels are developing to obtain information and market agricultural products, but what does this all really mean?

Social media is all about people and can be defined as internet based applications that allow the creation and exchange of user-generated content. It is a way to build relationships, share information, and connect with diverse audience of people you may never meet in real life. It is a culture changer, not a fad. Because of this new paradigm shift, we are now used to a global, online community.

If you have a one to one conversation about an issue, only the person you are talking to benefits from the information you deliver. But if you share that information using social media, there is the potential to reach millions of other growers asking the same questions or facing similar problems. So, interacting on social media allows you to develop a community and share your story in a way that was never possible before now.

Agriculture and social media has attuned together. Social media is the platform of engagement and agriculture is the content. The marriage of agriculture and social media likely conjures up images of crop seeding on Farmville, but socially savvy agribusinesses are proving that the connection runs much and much deeper than the popular Zynga game.

While making a single click of a mouse, a farmer in Kathmandu can upload and share pictures of maize planting practices to thousands of followers worldwide. Then a farmer from another corner of world can make a comment on that picture and ask why that farmer planted his crops that way? Over a period discussion breaks out, growing knowledge is traded and each farmer leaves with knowledge that will help him plant a better crop in next time. Meanwhile, thousands of agriculture students across the world are watching this conversation unfold and are learning from both of these farmers.

There are many different forms of social media and its components including forums, blogs, micro-blogs, audio and video podcasts, and p2p file sharing sites. The easiest way to get started on social media is to choose one way to participate at first. Consider what your objectives are. Once you choose the tool that works best for you, do not feel like you need to be active on every network. Here are a few of the most popular social media tools:

Facebook is great for connecting with people; it has more than 900 million active users. You can post updates about activity on your farm, share pictures, and see what friends, organizations, and groups are up to. Facebook is a great place to start a positive conversation about agriculture, connect with the younger generation, and get people excited about farming.

Twitter is a micro blogging service option that allows you to 140 character updates and connects with people from around the world. In fact, twitter has its own ecosystem and economy, twitterverse. You can share news links, pictures from your farm. It allows you to connect with people who you have never met but share like-minded interests.

Linkedin is geared toward the professional community. It allows you to network with work colleagues and is a powerful for brands and job seekers. It can be used to spread positive messages of agriculture through group forums. It is a great way to connect with like-minded people and start deeper conversations about animal agriculture.

Pinterest is currently the fastest growing social media platform. It is an online pinboard where users share pictures, interests, and hobbies. It is a great tool to share pictures from the farm, your favorite agriculture fact, etc. and it focuses on visual sharing.

YouTube is another visual social media tool that is user- friendly and reaches a large population. Video can be a very powerful tool for agribusinesses of any size, but YouTube‘s free-to-use model, ease of use and mass market audience means it’s a great channel for small agribusinesses.

Blogging can communicate positive messages about agriculture through longer posts. Visitors want to be entertained visually. Adding images to your content will certainly make a difference in the experience of your audience where consistency is the key in blogging.agriculture nepal

There are many other popular forms of social media like Google Maps and Google Earth help you to plot your land, Flicker albums take your farm and allow it to be dynamic, etc.  In order to continue utilizing advanced technologies in the field, agriculturalists will first need to harness the power of social media technology. The impact of that technology will be huge, and I am excited to see just how powerful this technology can be for agriculture.

Social media for youth empowerment

cropped-blog-header-finalToday’s generation of young people is the largest in history. More than 60 percent of the world’s rural population is made of youth for example, population of 16-40 age group in Nepal accounts for 38.8 percent of the total population. Given that the youth is backbone of the nation from both qualitative and quantitative perspectives, it is necessary to make overall development of the youth and include their capacity in the mainstream of national development.

Nowadays, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) has been a key platform for the knowledge sharing and networking as development through empowerment to the youth for global change significantly. Though definition of social media depends upon the perception of individual differently, I agreed with that it is forms of electronic communication (as websites for social networking and micro blogging) through which users can create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other contents. The power of social media is enormous; they have the ability to multiply seeding numbers by 1000s.

YPARD Awareness Campaign @ Paklihawa Campus, Nepal ©2012

Since the time of undergraduate level, I am using my personal blog to write posts and it’s near to ten months ago, when I knew about YPARD and e-agriculture, then I started to write up blog posts on these websites. After getting training on social media from GCARD2, I am using social media more comfortably. When I became YPARD Nepal representative, I have successfully completed YPARD Awareness Campaign  in Nepalese agricultural universities including training on social media session. I am still remembering comments made by Dwarika Bhattarai from Lamjung campus, “I’m feeling good on social media session so I will be able to make contribution as blog post.”

Youth can use their creativity and also increase their capacity for their future work life. Material is published via web by the youth helping them collaborate across local communalities, country boundaries and influence decision makers in different parts of the world. I believe, young people constitute an important and significant part of the population; yet this is not reflected in their level of involvement in decision-making processes and public debates. In this regards, social media has become most powerful tools to sensitize issues and  to give pressure to the concerned stakeholders.

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Technical Knowledge Sharing for Undergraduates in Rampur Campus, Nepal ©2011

Short video documentaries, photos and stories produced by the youth are an excellent way to create a positive social change in their communities. Youth can thus tell about matters close to them and try to create sustainable changes in the society as well as create awareness e.g. on gender inequality. So there is growing momentum on youth participation in social media within the development community.  Governments around the world are increasingly supporting youth ministries, youth policies and youth programmes, and there is now greater recognition that young people are the future of their countries’ development.

15 lesser-known social media tools from 2012

By Adam Vincenzini

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You’re probably familiar with Pinterest and Instagram—both of which exploded in popularity in 2012—but these perhaps lesser-known platforms could prove useful to you in the year to come:

Personal social media aggregators 

Content unification is shaping up as one of 2013’s big trends. In other words, people want all of their social activity housed in one place online.

The tools that do this the best include:

1. Rebelmouse.com – The social media “front page.”

2. Glos.si – An automated organization of your social media life.

3. Memolane.com – A chronological look at your social media activity.

Interest-based social media aggregators 

Platforms that aggregate content around a subject give users immediate access to the content they are most passionate about. The new tools in this area include:

4. Sulia.com – A clever subject-based social network that connects users with the top “social sources.”

5. CircleMe.com – A platform that encourages users to follow the things they love while discovering new passions.

6. Storylane.com – A site in which users follow specific topics (as well as people).

Expect to see more tools such as these surface in 2013.

Social posters 

Another interesting mini-trend from 2012 is the emergence of high quality “disposable” digital content. This content can come in many forms, but due to the popularity of images on social media, the ability to produce poster-style content quickly (and cleanly) is priceless.

Two great examples of these tools include:

7. CheckThis.com – An easy-to-use platform that lets users create and share posters.

8. Tackk.com – A site similar to CheckThis, but with some added features.

An oldie but a goodie that is also worth having on your radar is Glogster.com.

Web-based image editors 

Another by-product of the image-powered Web is the need to edit imagery in an “express” manner to meet the needs of the communities where you operate.

The standouts in this area are:

9. Pixlr.com/express – A platform that gives users collages, filters, and frames at the touch of a button.

10. PicMonkey.com – A powerful and easy-to-use photo editing tool.

List lust 

List-based content only seems to be increasing in popularity thanks to its easy-to-consume nature. Two new tools are capitalizing on that in similar, yet different, ways.

11. Listgeeks.com – A “lists hub” featuring contributions that range from the very useful to the very inane.

12. Listango.com – A basic bookmarking service that make it easier to categorize your favorite sites and resources.

Multilingual website creators 

The social Web is creating challenges and opportunities for brands that have no choice but to participate in a global media landscape. Frustratingly, budgets aren’t getting any bigger, so creating Web properties to serve the need for consistent and constant content in multiple languages can be tough.

However, there are options, including:

13. Edicy.com – A very promising start-up driven by some senior managers from Skype.

Organized Twitter amplification 

Now that Google has publicly recognized the importance of social actions in relation to search rankings, it is increasingly vital to give your content as much support as possible, especially during the initial “just published” phase.

To give your content a kick-start, you might want to consider the following:

14. Spread.us – A platform to tweet your curated content on behalf of your colleagues, friends, and fans. Essentially, it’s a mailing list for Twitter.

Pinterest-style e-commerce communities 

The meteoric rise of Pinterest has been one of the biggest social media stories of 2012. This success has seen the launch of a number of similar sites that capitalize on our collective eagerness to find and share products we love.

15. Wanelo.com – A universal catalogue of products organized by users of the site.

 

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