Monthly Archives: November 2012

Global Conference Sets Priorities for Future of Agricultural Research for Development


More than 600 global participants highlight the need for foresight, investment and partnerships to meet future agricultural targets.

Punta del Este, Uruguay: On the closing day of the Second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD2), leading experts in the global agricultural research community outlined clear steps for maximising the future impact of scientific innovation on the livelihoods of the world’s poorest smallholder farmers.

In his closing remarks, Frank Rijsberman, CEO of the CGIAR Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centres took a strong position on the commitments his organisation will make following three days of rich discussion. He says: “CGIAR must be held accountable for their results in terms of economic return on investment. We are fully committed to becoming an open access organisation and bring much more of our data online, making the development outcomes we are trying to achieve more visible, in order to hold ourselves…

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Young professionals rule!


The Second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD 2012) brought together all groups of stakeholders: from researchers to donors such as the FAO, EC or IFAD, to farmers organizations or the private sector.

The surprise at the conference co-organized by GFAR and the CGIAR Consortium was the recognition of the role that young professionals play in AR4D. For the first time in such a high level event, an international organization by youth for youth had the opportunity to be “the voice” of young professionals in this field of expertise. GCARD 2012 was the place where YPARD (the Young Professionals’ Platform for Agricultural Research for Development) was given the opportunity to organize both a full day pre-conference meeting on Engaging with youth and working with them to shape the future of ARD” and participating in a live webcasted session on “Individual Learning and the Empowerment of Women and Youth”

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First announcement and call for abstracts: 14th International Conference of the Association of Institutes for Tropical Veterinary Medicine


14th International Conference of the Association of Institutes for Tropical Veterinary Medicine

The first announcement and call for abstracts has been issued for the 14th International Conference of the Association of Institutes for Tropical Veterinary Medicine, to be held on 25–29 August 2013 at the Indaba Hotel and Conference Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.

The theme is: “The livestock-human-wildlife interface” – Challenges in animal health and production in urban and extensive farming/conservation systems.

The conference is jointly organised by the University of Pretoria and the Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp.

The scientific program consists of the following six themes:

  • Diagnosis, surveillance and control at the interface
  • Drivers of emerging and re-emerging diseases (with particular reference to zoonoses)
  • Animal welfare at the interface
  • Food safety and food security (including marketing and trade)
  • Training opportunities in the context of the interface
  • Animal health and production

The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday 15 February 2013. Abstracts are to be submitted…

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