Most invigorating was Ms. Courtney Paisley, Young Professionals’ Platform for Agricultural Research for Development (YPARD) coordinator who effectively presented the outcomes of the YPARD pre-conference meeting . She emulated the voice of professional agri-youth, highlighting our needs and the passion that we all share for sector and its various aspects.
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.
There are ways to formulate research so that the needs of a multitude of stakeholders are taken into account. Photo: Neil Palmer
From pre-conference meetings, to opening ceremony and plenary sessions, it was clear from the speakers and participants at the second Global Conference for Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD2), that partnership is the key if we want to improve livelihoods of smallholder farmers and increase food production by 70% to feed a population of 9 billion in 2050. But what are the partnership models that we have and what can we learn from them?
Incorporating user feedback ensures that agricultural research actually gets used for development – that it is appropriate, effective, and useful. Photo: Neil Palmer
Imagine if we were to ask the same question, only with a twist: How’s our researching?
The challenge of making user voices heard is not a new one in agricultural research. The concept of feedback loops, that is, information coming from the end users of a research product to inform the development of further research, is making strides to turn agricultural research for development into a demand-driven process.