Recherche & vulgarisation


Sep 2011
This study reviews and analyzes different successful experiences in Central America where extension experts have had a key role in achieving results within the framework of an agricultural innovation system. Our goal is to generate inputs and raise questions about the new role that should be taken by technical advisory systems and how they should be supported and strengthened within national extension systems.

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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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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
Ce document offre une vue d’ensemble sur les possibilités et les défis habituels auxquels sont confrontées les initiatives visant à augmenter l’impact des services de conseil et de vulgarisation rurale et agricole. L’analyse part du constat selon lequel les jours où la vulgarisation agricole était synonyme de travail avec les seuls organismes du secteur public sont terminés. Les « services de vulgarisation » décrits dans ce document pourraient par exemple être assurés par un fournisseur d’intrants donnant des conseils à un agriculteur sur les semences à planter, par une chaîne de télévision diffusant des prévisions météorologiques, par un supermarché donnant more

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Mar 2010
Il existe actuellement un besoin énorme de mobiliser les services de vulgarisation agricole en faveur de la sécurité alimentaire et d’atteindre une grande variété d’objectifs de développement rural. Des efforts urgents sont nécessaires afin d’améliorer l’accès aux nouvelles technologies et les connaissances sur ces dernières, d’assurer que les agriculteurs et d’autres acteurs des filières seront en mesure de travailler dans un environnement où les marchés évoluent, de permettre aux agriculteurs de comprendre les nouveaux défis liés au changement climatique, de soutenir les communautés rurales pour une gestion plus efficace de leurs ressources naturelles, et d’aider les agriculteurs à exploiter de façon optimale les ressources disponibles afin de satisfaire les exigences alimentaires de leurs familles.

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Jan 2010

Evolution of extension services in Nicaragua

In the last two decades, it has been observed an evolutionary process in Nicaragua extension services, through the has had the opportunity to observe an evolutionary process in Nicaragua extension services. The main purpose of this study is to contribute to the design of the extension based processes, which are aimed at improving the conditions of underdeveloped agricultural systems, using the analysis and evaluation of different extension methodologies and modalities of contracting this service.

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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.

Publication disponible en: English
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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