How can countries coming out of war rebuild livelihoods?


Post-conflict and protracted crisis countries with civil conflicts or serious natural disasters such major earthquakes and massive floods will absolutely have to deal with massive relocation of populations.

Here enters the role of international agricultural research and development organizations in rebuilding livelihoods in these countries. International organizations including the Centers supported by the CGIAR have an important role to play in contributing to rebuilding agricultural research and development in post-conflict countries.

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Agriculture’s potential for solving YOUTH unemployment


Youth unemployment is one of the most serious problems affecting developing countries. A lack of basic education ranks high among the reasons for this problem. However, youth unemployment is compounded by the fact that a large portion of the population in developing countries tends to be youth.

The formal economy is unable to create enough employment opportunities to absorb this constant supply of labor-seeking youth. Whatever the solution[s] to this multilevel problem, a great deal of coordination and skillful thinking will be required to attract gadget-loving and efficient young people into AGRICULTURE

Being in Punta del Este to participate in the 2nd Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development as a social media reporter, I was wondering how many CGIAR centers DGs, Senior staff, CRP Directors are YOUTH?! And What are the success factors for empowering youth in ARD?

In my opinion, this is one of the outcomes that…

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The story of a dream, a nightmare and a wish…

Video: Social media can be more than “a means”. It can be “a purpose” too.


The dream

by Enrica Porcari, GCARD2 Communications coordinator

As we planned communication activities for GCARD2, we wanted more than ‘ tell a story’. We wanted to advocate the cause of agriculture, we wanted to include people in the process, before, during, after, and we dreamed of building capacities along the way.

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It all started off as a challenge for a young group of social media enthusiasts that wanted to give a voice to young professionals in agricultural research for development (ARD) at the Second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD 2012).

From all walks of life, young spirited people have gathered between October 25th and November 2nd 2012 in Punta del Este under the warm fun guidance of Peter “Grandpa” Casier (, teaching the Social Media Team (SMT) a “thing or two” about hash tags and virtual networking with people from across the world.

The objectives of the Social Reporting Geeks (as we like to be called) or the SMT (as the #GCARD2 followers recognized us) were simple enough:

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BBC HARDtalk – Andrea Leadsom – British Conservative MP