Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (REU)

Generation and adoption of innovations for agricultural development

Photo: FAO REUThe concept of strengthening the NARES (national agriculture research and extension systems) has evolved steadily through Agricultural Knowledge and Information System (AKIS) in the 90s into agricultural innovation system now to respond better to the challenges of the changing world.

Agricultural development takes place in a globalised setting, in which the main drivers are dynamic markets and trade. A constantly changing knowledge structure environment is characterized by having increased educational degrees among all stakeholders- researchers, farmers, civil society (NGOs) and the private sector. Information technologies play an increasing role, allowing transfer of innovations from other sectors to agriculture and diversifying the channels of knowledge dissemination.  Innovations are being focused on bringing new products, processes and forms of organization into social and economic use, which requires the participation not only of researchers but also the interaction of actors involved in agriculture.

Addressing the issue of innovation for agricultural development, FAO organised a subregional workshop “Enabling the Agricultural Innovation System for Agricultural Development in Central Asia” in April,  A project GCP/RER/029/TUR “Capacity development for analysis and strengthening of agricultural innovation systems (AIS) in Central Asia and Turkey" for Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan, aiming at assessing and strengthening the innovations systems in the agricultural sector of those Central Asian countries begins to be implemented.