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Every ending marks a new beginning – farewell to Nadia

Every ending marks a new beginning – farewell to Nadia
Working as I do for a large international organization, I’m used to seeing people come and go. No sooner does a familiar face disappear from the radar than a new face pops up in its place. Most endings mark new beginnings, or so they say, but that doesn’t always make it easy to say goodbye to someone who has worked closely with you and shared the same goals...

Moving on from a moving story: following the AAA pathways

Moving on from a moving story: following the AAA pathways
How do we make agricultural research available, accessible and applicable? This is a key question for improving the impact of our agricultural research. And you have  probably heard alot about this from us.  But what about from real research projects and researchers trying to do their part? We have developed a second film to share with you the ongoing story...

Research’s “missing link”: the communications budget

On Tuesday, at the Share Fair in Rome, Rob Burnet presented an inspiring keynote speech entitled “How can we make agriculture more attractive to young people in Africa”. From the Share Fair blog: “Rob Burnet leads Well Told Story, a multi-award-winning Kenyan communications company which pulls together comic books, syndicated FM radio, SMS, social media,...

Capturing stakeholder perspectives to enhance impact

Capturing stakeholder perspectives to enhance impact
When 255 stakeholders spread across three continents were tasked with designing a research program (in two short months) with the potential to effectively impact food security, nutrition, and income, they knew they had their work cut out for them. Especially, when you consider that it was logistically impossible to get all of them together in one room at the...

'Do blogs lead to increased dissemination of research papers?'ask WorldBank researchers

'Do blogs lead to increased dissemination of research papers?'ask WorldBank researchers
Everyone knows that agricultural research is vital if we are to overcome the current threats to food security, natural resources and the environment. Right? Everyone knows what the CGIAR is doing to mitigate these threats. Right? Everyone knows where they can access CGIAR research outputs. Right? Wrong. Not everyone knows. But two articles I read recently  have...
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How do we make agricultural research available, accessible and applicable? This is a key question for improving the impact of our agricultural research. And you have  probably heard alot about this from us.  But what about from real research projects and researchers trying to do their part? We have...
Newsletter Celebrating Women in Agriculture Celebrating Women in Agriculture
Welcome to our special edition newsletter that celebrates the centenary of International Women’s Day. This event, which is held annually on 8 March, recognizes the achievements of women around the globe. Today is a day for celebrating women’s successes while also reminding ourselves that there...
Events An experiment in how best to do R4D: the CPWF launches work on ‘Learning to Innovate’ An experiment in how best to do R4D: the CPWF launches work on ‘Learning to Innovate’
“Experiments are used by everyone, all the time; whether it’s testing the effects of a drug, or trying to make a new relationship work” (Wikipedia) The Challenge Program on Water and Food is carrying out an experiment in making the relationship between research and development, often referred...