GFAR Webinar on "Communications Success Stories"

  • 19th September 2017
  • by secretary
12 September 2017. This webinar was a collaborative effort: our panel of professional communicators worked together to share their experiences and approaches, their trials and errors.

The webinar presentations can be viewed here.

  • Michael Victor is a communication, knowledge management and policy engagement specialist with more than 20 years of experience delivering on strategic communications, production of high value knowledge products, and facilitating multi-stakeholder learning and dialogue processes in the agriculture and natural resource management sectors. Michael now works for the Agro-Biodiversity Initiative (TABI). 
  • Kathryn M.Clifton works on fostering new approaches to ICT for development at the Catholic Relief Services (CRS), documenting learning, and assisting in


  • Kwesi Atta Krah (picture) is the Director, Country Alignment and Systems Integration, at IITA. He assumed this position in January 2017. Prior to this, he was Executive Director of Humidtropics, a CGIAR Systems Research Program. 
  • Anne Wachira (picture) works at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Nairobi, Kenya where she is responsible for managing social media and website content. 
  • Alpha Sennon (picture) is a farmerpreneur, motivational speaker and agri-youth advocate. Alpha is the

    founder of WHYFARM (“We Help You-th Farm”) a globally recognised and award-winning nonprofit organisation established to creatively promote agriculture among children by increasing their awareness of the world’s food problems and by doing so grow the future feeders of 2050 

  • Boris Rantaša is a forestry engineer, working as an Independent advisor the Slovenia Forest Service. His main occupation is working on international projects, where he manages and takes part in communication, dissemination and outreach activities. He is an active blogger and an on- and offline editor (see Handbook for Learning and Play in the Forest). 
  • Camilla Vote is a Research Fellow at Charles Sturt University based in Lao PDR. With a background in agricultural and natural resource management, her current research focus (and day job) is the investigation of soil and water management strategies to shift from the monoculture of rice production to dry season field/horticultural crops within the lowland systems of Cambodia and Laos.  
  • Dr Mahesh Chander, PhD in Agricultural Extension Education, is currently Principal Scientist and Head, Division of Extension Education at ICAR’s Indian Veterinary Research Institute. He has been actively associated with research, teaching, training, extension and developmental activities concerning agricultural extension education for over 25 years. He has guided nearly 30 masters and doctoral students. 
  • Calum MacKichan is Publications Officer at the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO) and is a Global Coordinator of the Fascination of Plants Day, a global celebration of plant science that reaches all continents. He is chair of Communication for the Marie Curie Alumni Association, was on the Steering Committee of the Science March Brussels, and holds a PhD in Microbiology peter-avatar-with-dog-copy
  • Peter Casier is an online media consultant for nonprofit organisations. He loves to hang out in spaces and places “where few have gone before”, experimenting on the edge of things, but always “for the greater good”. Peter is originally trained as a printing engineer, worked as a software developer, systems engineer, telecoms technician and for 16 years supported the UN humanitarian interventions across the globe. He is also our resident GFAR Community Coordinator.
The next GFAR comms webinars will be:

  • 19 September 2017Farmers’ Rights: How Complementarity between Researchers and Farmers Impact the Conservation of Genetic Diversity, Food Security and Livelihoods of the Poor” 
  • Oct 17th: webcasting and live streaming (tools and preparation)
  • Nov 14th: “A webinar about webinars”: how to run and organize webinars.
  • Dec 5th: On showcasing “Innovative Annual Reports”