Investigación & extensión

Research and Extension Unit areas of work are:

Capacity development

The creation of an enabling environment where the needs and demands of resource-poor farmers and consumers are heard and their voices influence the national research and extension agenda is a key to achieve sustainable rural development. Read more...


Through the development of tools and methodologies, the Research and Extension Unit promotes networking, knowledge sharing and interaction of multiple actors in agricultural innovation systems. Read more...


The Research and Extension Unit provides advice to FAO Members on development of national biotechnology strategies and biosafety frameworks and assists them to develop their capacities in agricultural biotechnologies and related issues through technical co-operation and training. Read more...


The Research and Extension Unit promotes agricultural innovation through coalitions with the Consultative Group on CGIAR, GFAR, GFRAS and other international partners. Read more...

Policies and strategies

The Research and Extension Unit promotes inclusive agriculture innovation for member countries focusing on smallholder farmers and their organisations, through direct policy advice to member countries, policy studies such as the  flagship publication on innovation in family farming planned for 2014, and promoting regional policy dialogue. Read more...

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