This week marks the Third Global Conference on Agricultural Development, jointly organized by the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) and CGIAR Consortium.
To bring youth into the discussion, six young agripreneurs have been awarded a US$5,000 seed fund to facilitate the startup of their agribusiness project, and will be attending the conference in Johannesburg to receive their first induction training and network with agriculture experts from all over the world.
For the next year, these agripreneurs will be will mentored by Farming First supporter YPARD (Young Professionals for Agricultural Development) – who will train them on new ways to advocate and network using innovative communication and networking tools.
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CIARD, the global initiative on Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development, has recently launched their new website. The site provides an information hub for institutions and people involved in agricultural research to share information and make their research findings available to a wider public.
The new site follows the CIARD manifesto to establish a ‘knowledge commons on agricultural research for development’. Through making content accessible, developing capacities and advocating better investments, the initiative helps to disseminate agricultural knowledge in order that it may be put to use locally, nationally and globally.
On the new CIARD site, users are offered various tools:
- Evaluate their information management practices against a checklist of good practices,
- share and follow pathways towards better accessibility of information,
- contribute case studies, and
- participate in CIARD’s activities and join the network.
Users can also record their information sources or services in the CIARD ring; a portal that facilitates the sharing of sources of agriculture-related information around the world.
The new site can be viewed in English, French and Spanish and is coordinated by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Global Forum for Agricultural Research (GFAR).