NEW AGRICULTURIST POINTS OF VIEW

New Agriculturist has covered the Farmer First Revisted event in the January 2008 issue, with an article entitled ‘Points of view: Agricultural research and development – which way now?’. There is also an article on Michael Kibue’s work. A New Agriculturist podcast based on interviews collected at FFR will be online soon – featuring David…

ON VIDEO: FARMER FIRST REVISITED

At the Farmer First Revisited workshop last week we made videos of some participants talking about thier involvement in farmer participation in agricultural research. Watch Robert Chambers, Paul Van Mele, Lucy Mwangi, David Howlett, Yunita Winarto and others speaking to Susanna Thorp of WRENmedia, publisher of the New Agriculturalist, with video by Gary Edwards.

FARMER FIRST REVISITED KICKS OFF

After much organisation, anticipation and plenty of expresso coffee, 80 delegates from around the world have finally arrived at the Institute of Development Studies in Brighton, UK, for three days of reflection and debate about farmer participation in agricultural research. A live blog is up and running from the event, so check it out for…

PUTTING FARMERS FIRST

In 1987 a meeting of 50 social and natural scientists proved a defining moment in the development of farmer participation in agricultural research. Now the Future Agricultures Consortium in association the STEPS Centre and IDS is hosting an international workshop, Farmer First Revisited, to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the event. The FFR website…

MANAGING FOOD SYSTEMS FOR RESILIANCE AND SECURITY

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Polly Ericksen of Global Environmental Change and Food Systems (GECAFS) at the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University is here at IDS today to give a STEPS Centre seminar asking: Will managing food systems for resilience maker us more food secure? Photo: Polly Ericksen at the STEPS Centre seminar…

DSA DAY 3: STEPS PANEL 4 – BIOTECHNOLOGY ‘PRO-POOR CONSENSUS’

Examining the ‘pro-poor consensus’ on biotechnology: a moveable boundary between public and private is the subject for the final STEPS panel session. (Photo: Glover, Brooks, Ely) The three STEPS members taking part in the panel this morning span several aspects of Centre’s work: STEPS Research Officer and IDS DPhil student Sally Brooks, STEPS Research Fellow…

Cotton farming in Hubei province

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member In Hubei Province, I was fortunate to be able to visit two villages and, with the help of an interpreter, talk to several local people about their perspectives on local agri-environmental conditions and the prospects for rural development. Whilst expressing their appreciation of some of the government’s policies, it…

STARTING WITH THE SEED – BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND FOOD SECURITY

By JOHN THOMPSON, STEPS Centre member Each year, the 22nd of May is celebrated as the ‘International Day for Biological Diversity’. This year’s theme has been designated as ‘Biological Diversity and Climate Control’. The links between biodiversity and climate change run both ways: biodiversity is threatened by human-induced climate change but, biodiversity resources can reduce…