The Research and Extension Unit provides advisory and technical services to FAO Members to support an integrated approach to agricultural research, extension, education of rural people and communication for development, in order to respond to the technology, knowledge, human and institutional capacity building and public awareness needs of national development policies and strategies. Work in this area concentrates primarily on supporting and enhancing the capacities of public and private-sector agricultural Research and Extension systems, as well as Education for Rural People and Communication for Development institutions, with special emphasis on Rural radio.

The Unit’s activities are focused on establishing strong linkages among researchers, extension managers and advisors, educators, communicators and producers and users of agricultural, rural, environmental and natural resource knowledge and technology as well as building partnerships at the national and international level. The Unit also contributes to activities related to capacity building for the safe application of Biotechnology.


Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
00153 Rome, Italy
Tel: (+39) 06 57051
Cable address: FOODAGRI ROME
Telex: 625852/610181 FAO I
Fax: (+39) 06 570 53152

Research and Extension Unit
Isabel Alvarez-Fernandez
Tel: (+39) 06 570 52787
Fax: (+39) 06 570 55246
E-mail: NRRR-Chief@fao.org

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