GCARD2 social reporters are honored by a visit from Uruguayan President José Mujica.
The Social Reporters of the GCARD event should all feel accomplished and proud after having the honor of experiencing a private meeting with the Uruguayan President, the Honorable, Jose Mujica. And proud we are!
As a young professional in agriculture from a small developing country, I was moved by the gesture extend by his Excellency to interact with us, young people, from all around the world. Such an experience is highly motivating to us, all of whom in a multitude of ways are seeking careers, livelihoods and development in agriculture.
The final synthesis if the European consultation is now available. The document includes the results of different steps of the consultation process: The regional review, the summary of the European e-consultation and the face-to-face meeting.
GCARD features as top story on the Collective Action News, a periodical e-publication of the CGIAR’s Regional Plan for Collective Action in Eastern and Southern Africa.
Entitled “Online consultations to enhance agricultural research for development, the article by Simone Staiger-Rivas, illustrates some aspects around broad participation and trust of the ongoing GCARD process from the perspective of facilitation and technology stewardship.
231 participants of the e-consultation replied to our invitation to fill out an evaluation survey which represents approximately 13% of the total number of participants.
The respondents came from a range of stakeholder groups and their participation in the survey is representative of the overall participation in the e-consultation. From a regional perspective the percentage of the survey replies per region is representative with a lower level for Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia Pacific.
58% of the respondents participated actively, 42% mainly as an observer/reader.
86% of the respondents of the survey feel that they have increased their understanding of AR4D issues in the region.
86% rate the e-consultation as excellent (29%) or good (57%). For 14% the e-consultations were average (11%), poor (2%), very poor (1%).
The below detailed appreciations reflect the above ratios. The level of participation and the quality of exchanges were considered average or poor by 39% of the respondents.
All regional e-consultations have now been finalized. Europe just held its face-to-face meetings and the other 5 regional offices are currently preparing their gatherings. In parallel, the preparations for the Montpellier meeting are in full swing. While we will continue to inform the members of the different regional e-conversations about each step of the process , we invite now all participants to give us feedback on the virtual part of the consultations and to help us improve those for future events.
If you participated in one or several of those consultations, as an observer or actively, please take 10 minutes to fill out the online survey before October 8. We will update you on the results of the survey in the week of October 12. Thank you in advance for your participation.