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  • The GFH intends to introduce a process of transforming individual and collective behaviors against long established habits and routines in research; for this reason immediate impact is unlikely to be expected from the recent creation of the GFH in terms of actions taken in favor of small farmers and poor people; the nature of the expected impact related to the GFH and its component will be the ability to “influence” decisions leading to better incorporation of small farmers in research agendasTherefore it is proposed to use START rather than SMART indicators for evaluating the first steps of this processS Measurable A R TS Transparent A R T : Transparent means that it is possible to demonstrate a logical and clear link between actions taken and results which would not have happened would these actions not have been taken.
  • F1. The role of the Global Foresight Hub

    1. 1. The Role of the Global Foresight HubThe Role of the Global Foresight Hub Hartwig de Haen University of Göttingen
    2. 2. The Role of the Global Foresight Hub Content• Background and history• Principles• Three components• Actions taken to date• Achievements: inventory and three key issues• Next steps
    3. 3. The Role of the Global Foresight Hub Background and history• GCARD 1 (2010, Montpellier)• The Roadmap: foresight - an input to set research priorities• The Global Foresight Hub • Official recognition • Three components
    4. 4. The Role of the Global Foresight Hub PrinciplesFacilitate interactions between different foresight approaches/institutionsIdentify controversial visions to appreciate range of plausible futuresCreate synergies by bringing together different approachesOpen debates about the future and related needs for AR4DIntegrate all stakeholders’ perspectives(local, national, regional, international)
    5. 5. The Role of the Global Foresight HubForum with Forward three Thinking PlatformComponents GFH Policy Global Dialogue Foresight Platforms Academy 5
    6. 6. The Role of the Global Foresight HubAims: Forward Thinking Platform Promote exchanges and collaboration among foresight practitioners on agriculture and rural development, food and nutrition security Identify common findings, controversies, out-of-the-box perspectives and limits to current knowledge, “face realities” Initiate and develop joint foresight programmesPlan: Holding regular inclusive meetings Foresight exchange workshops: Montpellier, Beijing, Punta del Este
    7. 7. The Role of the Global Foresight Hub Policy Dialogue PlatformsAim Raise awareness of policy makers and other stakeholders about possible positive and negative implications of alternative future scenarios and policy options Facilitate dialogue on future perspectives for food, agriculture and rural areas between scientists, policy makers and civil society Identify societal needs/demand for additional foresight workPlan Dialogue events at international, regional and national levels GCARD 2012 - a foresight policy dialogue platform
    8. 8. The Role of the Global Foresight Hub Global Foresight AcademyAim Support foresight activities on high-priority issues in agriculture and rural development across GFAR constituencies Build capacity of all stakeholders in forward thinking  Special focus: skills and capabilities of young professionalsPlan Region by region, upon request from regional fora First initiative : FARA for Africa (see session F3.2)
    9. 9. The Role of the Global Foresight Hub Achievements• Global inventory of foresight in food and agriculture• Foresight Academies: Africa 2011; Latin America planned• Three interconnected topics under exploration… 1. Farming patterns of the future, the future of farming patterns 2. Towards sustainable consumption through sustainable production 3. Land use changes, looking for agricultural land  refer to session F2.2 (Tuesday morning)
    10. 10. The Role of the Global Foresight Hub Value-addedForesight inventory• Filling an information gap, thus facilitating cooperation and synergyForesight work• Addressing emerging societal concerns that continuation of trends is undesirable (risks for food and nutrition security, overuse of resources, etc)• Proposed three topics are not adequately documented and poorly covered in current foresight• Suggest realistic perspectives as well as out-of-the-box visions• Promote public debate about options and urgency of action• Identify research priorities
    11. 11. The Role of the Global Foresight Hub Next stepsServe as forum for expanded dialogue among research and developmentcommunity about foresight and its implications for researchNeed to increase participation from other regionsFormalisation of GFH ? How far ? Ensure continuation, funding, commitment Develop ownership of GFH by its users (through GFAR)Action plan under development (ref.: GFAR steering committee)Specific suggestions for the Global Foresight Hub ?