Investigación & extensión

Publications

Jan 2015
This paper provides a summary of the results obtained from three regional needs assessments of Capacity Development (CD) initiatives undertaken by the Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP) and its partners. The surveyed tropical regions were Southeast Asia, Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. The findings reveal a mismatch in all three regions between the external supply of primarily individual CD and the actual demand for institutional CD.

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Jan 2015
This publication represents a synthesis of assessments of national agricultural innovation systems in countries of Central Asia, South Caucasus and Turkey.

Publication available in: English
Nov 2014
The Research and Extension Unit provided key inputs in the researching and writing of the State of Food and Agriculture 2014. The report analyses family farms and the role of innovation in ensuring global food security, poverty reduction and environmental sustainability. It argues that family farms must be supported to innovate in ways that promote sustainable intensification of production and improvement in rural livelihoods.

Publication available in: English
Jul 2014
The aim of this study is to understand the local innovation processes in South Tyrol and specifically to try to understand the constraints and opportunities for the Learning and Innovation Network for Sustainable Agriculture (LINSA), a highly sophisticated and adaptive network comprising the various stakeholders involved in apple production and marketing in the region. The last 50 years of the LINSA’s history are scrutinized, highlighting the enabling environment, the support provided by the Agriculture Knowledge and Information System (AKIS), as well as the drivers and triggers for innovation.

Publication available in: English
Aug 2013
En 2010, un estudio se llevó a cabo para ayudar a la Subdivisión de Investigación y Extensión de la FAO de posicionarse estratégicamente para satisfacer las necesidades y demandas que surgen como consecuencia del cambio climático. El objetivo del estudio es ayudar a otras agencias nacionales y mundiales satisfacer estas necesidades. Esto dio como resultado el informe "Hacer frente a los desafíos del cambio climático y la seguridad alimentaria: el papel de las instituciones de investigación, extensión y comunicación" (Leewis y Hall, 2010).

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Nov 2012
This brochure aims to share with institutions, organizations and possible donors the activities that FAO’s Research and Extension Branch (OEKR) is developing in the field of agricultural innovation systems in family farming. It is designed as a folder with a general description of OEKR work and definitions of agricultural innovation systems and family farming.

Publication available in: English
Jan 2008

Assessment of National Agricultural Research and Extension Systems in CEMAC countries and strategies on how to strengthen capacity for the dissemination of agricultural knowledge and technologies

This publication examines a project for the Communauté économique et monétaire de l’Afrique centrale (CEMAC), the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa. The project aims to assist the Executive Secretariat of CEMAC in drafting a development plan for a sustainable network of knowledge transfer and agricultural technologies generated by research.

Publication available in: Français
Jan 2008

Assessment of the National Agricultural Research and Extension System in Congo and strategies on how to strengthen capacity for the dissemination of agricultural knowledge and technologies

This publication examines the current system of research and extension systems in the Congo and further explores options for the knowledge sharing and technology transfer.

Publication available in: Français
Feb 2007
This 152-page, by J. Ruane and A. Sonnino, is published under the FAO Research and Technology series and presents the background and summary documents from a series of six moderated e-mail conferences hosted by the FAO Biotechnology Forum from 2002 to 2005, relating to agricultural biotechnology for the crop, forestry, animal, fisheries and agro-industry sectors in developing countries. Three of the six conferences focused on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), dealing with gene flow from GM to non-GM populations; regulation of GMOs; and participation of the rural people in decision-making regarding GMOs.

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