Investigación & extensión


Sep 2011
The case study report contains a number of recommendations for the AJK Government to strengthen the demand-driven approach for demanding agricultural extension and other services through the multi-disciplinary Village Development Plans prepared by rural Community Organizations. As the recommendations are aimed at improving a specifi c situation, they are not generic and therefore not being included in the Executive Summary. The conclusions and lessons learned from the case study, however, are being presented here for other developing countries in case they want to adopt the demand-driven extension modality.

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Jun 2011
This book represents the proceedings of the FAO international technical conference dedicated to Agricultural Biotechnologies in Developing Countries (ABDC-10) that took place in Guadalajara, Mexico on 1-4 March 2010. A major objective of the conference was to take stock of the application of biotechnologies across the different food and agricultural sectors in developing countries, in order to learn from the past and to identify options for the future to face the challenges of food insecurity, climate change and natural resource degradation.

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Jan 2011
During the period 2002-10, FAO undertook an intense activity of biosafety capacity development, largely centred on enhancing the capacities of regulators and other technical staff involved in the implementation of biosafety frameworks, along with other components. The training programme was tailored to meet the needs of a very specific audience: biosafety regulators, policy-makers and members of national biosafety committees, with diverse educational backgrounds, not necessarily well versed in all the biosafety-related fields.

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Dec 2010
El presente Glosario de biotecnología para la alimentación y la agricultura constituye la versión española del documento Glossary of Biotechnology for Food and Agriculture publicado por la FAO en 2001. Tras su publicación, este glosario suscitó un profundo interés en todo el mundo, tal como lo atestiguan los muchos mensajes de apreciación recibidos, el número de visitantes a los sitios web conexos y las reiteradas peticiones de traducción a los otros idiomas oficiales de la FAO. Teniendo en cuenta esta reacción tan positiva, y con el fin de poner el glosario a disposición de un público más amplio, la FAO more

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Oct 2010
The October 2010 issue of the scientific journal Biomass and Bioenergy contains this article by J. Ruane, A. Sonnino and A. Agostini, which is an abbreviated and updated version of the background document prepared for an e-mail conference hosted by the FAO Biotechnology Forum on the same subject.

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Jul 2010
En esta publicación se presenta una visión general de las oportunidades y las dificultades actuales de las iniciativas encaminadas a aumentar los efectos de la extensión agraria y rural. El punto de partida para este análisis reside en el reconocimiento de que se ha superado la visión de la extensión agraria como sinónimo de la labor de los organismos del sector público. Entre los “servicios de extensión” que se describen en la presente publicación cabe citar el asesoramiento a los agricultores por parte de los proveedores de insumos sobre las semillas que han de sembrar; la emisión desde una estación more

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Mar 2010
There is currently an enormous need to mobilize agricultural extension services for food security and to achieve a range of rural development goals. Urgent efforts are required to enhance access to and knowledge about new technologies, to ensure that farmers and other actors in value chains can deal with changing markets, to enable farmers to understand new challenges arising due to the changing climate, to support rural communities to manage their natural resources more effectively, and to assist farmers to make optimal use of their available resources to ensure food for their families.

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Jan 2010
En las últimas dos décadas se ha tenido la oportunidad de observar en Nicaragua un proceso evolutivo en los servicios de extensión, en las formas de organización, incluyendo la contratación de la extensión y la utilización de metodologías innovadoras. El propósito principal de este estudio es contribuir al diseño de procesos basados en la extensión, que están orientados a mejorar las condiciones de los sectores de agricultores pobres, usando el análisis y la valoración de las diferentes metodologías de extensión y modalidades de contratación de este servicio. Para esto, se utiliza la experiencia vivida en more

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Sep 2009
The objective was hence to put the emphasis on the process and on considering the features of pluralism, demand and market-orientation. There was no emphasis on a particular advisory model which gave room for developing a country-specifc system based on existing institutional and organizational capacities and targeted to the poor and vulnerable producers. Oone of the main objectives of the initiative was to promote farmers' participation in the design process and their empowered role in the future advisory system.

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Aug 2009
This chapter provides an overview of the techniques, current status and issues involved in using marker-assisted selection (MAS) for genetic improvement in developing countries. Molecular marker maps, the necessary framework for any MAS programme, have been constructed for the majority of agriculturally important species, although the density of the maps varies considerably among species. Despite the considerable resources that have been invested in this field and despite the enormous potential it still represents, with few exceptions, MAS has not yet delivered its expected benefits in commercial breeding programmes for crops, livestock, forest trees or farmed fish in the developed world.

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