Recherche & vulgarisation

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May 2021
This manual is a visual, practical document on good beekeeping practices for sustainable small-scale beekeepers in Africa. It has been designed to serve as a beekeeping training tool and is a concise, practical reference document. The manual opens with an illustrated story of the damaging effect of certain practices adopted when collecting wild honey (honey hunting) and aims to spark interest among readers on how to harvest honey more sustainably. The second section presents the reader with the main beekeeping equipment and explains how the tools can be used to keep healthy bees and harvest quality honey. It ends with ...read more

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May 2021
Food production and consumption patterns have changed significantly in recent decades. Food supply chains have become ever more integrated and globalized. This has imposed additional constraints on the majority of small-holder farmers. The required shift from subsistence farming to more commercially-oriented farming is a slow process and often hampered by several challenges: weak management and business skills, limited ability to manage risks, the quality and quantity of production, poorly organized producers, lack of capital, poorly developed markets, and high costs of intermediaries and transactions. The publication shows how pluralistic actors in extension and advisory service (EAS) systems can support rural ...read more

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May 2021
This policy brief presents a methodology for assessing agricultural innovation systems (AIS), developed and pilot tested by FAO in the context of the Tropical Agriculture Platform, a G20 initiative to develop capacities for agricultural innovation in the tropics supported by the European Union. Using participatory, multi-stakeholder methods and tools, the assessment of a country’s AIS take stock of enabling and hindering factors in innovation processes, identifies gaps and challenges, and advices on ways to strengthen the AIS. An assessment provides evidence required for good decisions on policies, strategies and investments in the agriculture and food sector. Agriculture being a key ...read more

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Mar 2021
Human nutrition is vital for agriculture. Many smallholder farmers are food-insecure and suffer chronic or acute forms of malnutrition. This can permanently harm the physical and cognitive growth of children, while reducing productivity as household members are less able to carry out agricultural work. To this end, we must build the capacities of farmers, agriculture extensionists, consumers and others, encourage innovation, investments and enabling policies, and address gender issues. Nutrition-sensitive agriculture (NSA) uses a food-based approach to agricultural development to make the global food system produce better nutritional outcomes.

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Mar 2021
This publication describes the analytical process carried out under the European Union-funded SALSA project which enabled the development of a European map of the distribution of small farms at the NUTS-3 level and assessed the capabilities and usefulness of Copernicus Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 satellites for small farms monitoring, specifically in providing information about crop types, crop area extent and crop production.

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Mar 2021
Why the need to coordinate? Since the 1980s, investments in public sector extension have declined, while new challenges and opportunities faced by producers have dramatically increased the need for diversified services, around topics such as sustainable production, climate change adaptation, links to markets and entrepreneurship, community mobilization, nutrition-sensitive agriculture and much more.

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Mar 2021
Why must we enhance linkages between research, extension and producers? Closing agricultural production gaps between smallholder producers’ actuals and the potential created by scientific research results and advancements is a vital if we are to address global challenges such as food insecurity, environmental degradation and climate changes. The gap is particularly large in developing countries where smallholder farming dominates the agricultural sectors. One of the many factors and constraints is the fact that researchers in universities and research institutions have no incentive or motivation to serve rural producers. This is due either to the systematic separation of research, extension and actual ...read more

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Mar 2021
Case study on science and technology backyard

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Feb 2021
Integrating nutrition objectives into agricultural extension and advisory services programmes and policies

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Dec 2020
This brochure on Global Knowledge Product provides an update of work carried out in 2020 on the development of some selected strategies, guidelines for assessment of innovation systems, strategies for promoting agricultural innovation and knowledge portals for sharing of technologies and good practices that integrate sustainable agricultural production and food security. The development of knowledge products contributes to FAO’s strategic objective on making agriculture, forestry and fisheries more productive and sustainable.

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