1st International Agrobiodiversity Congress 2016

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India will this year  host the 1st Agrobiodiversity Congress. The objectives of this crucial congress are to : Provide a common platform to share experience and knowledge on the sustainable conservation and use of agrobiodiversity. Critically evaluate the current research and systems of management and use of agrobiodiversity and to assess the preparedness for meeting […]

Join and be part of the GCARD3 Online Africa Regional Consultation 28th and 29th April 2016

IT STARTS TODAY! Early in April 2016, GFAR, CGIAR and ARC of South Africa co-organized a landmark GCARD3 Global Event that brought together over 500 participants from 83 countries and across 15 different recognized sectors to dialogue on key national, regional and global AR&D issues and to develop collective actions that shape the future of […]

Participatory agricultural research methods: theory key to gain wider acceptance

An example of participatory agricultural research with CIMMYT in Kenya / Photo: CIMMYT

What must we do to gain wider acceptance of participatory agricultural research (PAR) methods within the mainstream of the CGIAR system and beyond? This was one of the topics of discussion at the PARADE workshop. Professor Paul Sillitoe (Department of Anthropology, Durham University) believes the answer to the question will in no small part depend on addressing some of the deep-seated contradictions within development discourse. Pr. Sillitoe outlined the deeply entrenched incongruities that PAR practitioners must resolve, or at least acknowledge. The list is long (17 points in all), which underscores how deeply conflicted our discourse is.