Note for Carlos:Introduction: This session was not so much about commitments. There was a general endorsement of the value of foresight to deliver on the purpose of GCARD: addressing complex problems of food security, rural poverty and environmental sustainability. There was a questions about what is new, foresight has been there for quite some time: so what is new is the set of questions being asked and the way answers are generated. Strong feeling that stakeholders need to be included in the process Conclusion: All in all the audience endorsed the need to work on foresight, to more broadly engage stakeholders in this process and to ensure that it is not just an academic process but that it feeds into broader social processes of R and D, policy reform, etc. And we will see in the next presentations how that has been or can be turned into commitment.Maybe indicate that since there are some overlaps in actions because they are presented as outcomes of each session, buth these will be further integrated.
Note for Ruben:First point is not a commitment but helps to understand the two commitment points after
Note for Gine:Below is a preliminary statement before getting to the three bullet as an introduction:- Foresights are crucial because they address societal concerns, in their diversity, at global scale.- Foresights increase the relevance of our research programs to serve the society.- Foresights shape the users and scientist’s practices.
Comentario y contenidoen español para Fernando:La idea es de pasar de una forma simbólica de incluir a los pequeños productores a une forma real y autentica de inclusión de las voces de la agricultura familiar en los trabajos y la reflexión prospectiva.Las OP y ONG facilitan y construyen una prospectiva partiendo de consultaciones con sus bases para construir escenarios y las visiones del futuro que quieren con la perspectiva del año 2014 de la agricultura familiarLas OP y ONG invisten a sus líderes con la capacidad requerida en la prospectiva para conducir el proceso en la base y directamente actuar en estudios de prospectivaLas OP y ONG comparten conclusiones con todos los otros tenedores de apuestas y medios de comunicación para diseminación, retroacción, e insumos a la investigación y la toma de decisión políticaLos SNRA y los Fora Regionales construyen redes de organizaciones cometidas a asegurar que los trabajos de prospectiva guíen la investigación, con indicadores de inclusión
4th day. Report from the Foresight Sessions
Report from the Foresight SessionsF1. Improving our visions of the future - C. Sere, IFADF2.1 Foresight Guiding research and innovation at national/regional level - R. Echeverria, CIATF2.2 Foresight Guiding research and innovation at global level - G. Zwart, OxfamF3.1 The voice of smallholders in shaping priorities: equitable partnership - F. Lopez, CNFRF3.2 The voice of smallholders in shaping priorities: Developing capacities - M. Guillou, Agreenium
F1. Improving our visions of the future Foresight is about creating the futures we want (within boundary of feasibility) The value of diverse methods and their complementarities was recognised Direct feed-forward of foresight into policy is a major pathway for impact The proposed topics for foresight work are good starting points • Farming patterns of the future • From sustainable consumption to sustainable production • Future land use changes.
F2.1 Foresight Guiding research and innovation at national/regional level Large heterogeneity across regions regarding the current capacity to do sound foresight work and still confusion on what it is Regional fora commit to mutually learn, exchange lessons and methods for foresight across regions and globally through GFAR Regional fora commit to promote and facilitate foresight initiatives in their region to guide research (advocacy for investment and foresight capacity development at national and regional levels )
F2.2 Foresight Guiding research and innovation at global level Research Leaders commit to ensure coordination between national processes and global foresight exercises; to bring foresight into the SRF update 2013, to launch pilot foresight (regions, methods and topics), to create ways to ownership by stakeholders GFAR Constituencies commit to increase the diversity of stakeholders contributing to foresight: different regions, young people, small farmers Foresight Users and “Doers” support a global frame through the Global Foresight Hub: using the Forward Thinking Platform as a place for dialogue about methodology, assumptions, results, impact, progress…
F3.1 The voice of smallholders in shaping priorities: equitable partnership FOs and NGOs facilitate and build grassroot foresight for 2014 year of family farming FOs and NGOs empower their leader with the required capacity in foresight to conduct process at ground level and directly interact in foresight studies FOs and NGOs share findings with all other stakeholders and media for dissemination, feedback, input into research and policy making NARS and Regional Fora build networks of organizations committed to ensure foresight guides research, with indicators of inclusiveness
F3.2 The voice of smallholders in shaping priorities: developing capacities The Global Foresight Hub develops a common corpus of definitions related to foresight to be used as reference Universities and schools include their curricula systemic approaches to put issues in their wider context (through GCHERA ?) GFAR Constituencies progressively build their own foresight capacity as users (awareness) and doers (practical knowhow and knowledge) Regional Fora set up specialized teams in the different regions with explicit mandates for doing foresight with clear, impartial and inclusive methods