Research & Extension


FAO e-conference explores contribution of small farms to food security and nutrition (10-23 October 2016)
Sep 2016 - FAO’s Research and Extension Unit is organizing a moderated e-mail conference from 10 to 23 October 2016 entitled “Exploring the contribution of small farms to achieving food security and improved nutrition”. The Research and Extension Unit is hosting this e-mail conference as part of its contributions to an EU-funded Horizon 2020 more
Sep 2016 - A regional workshop on “Institutionalization of Farmer Field Schools at the Local and National Level” was held on 24-27th May 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand, and was attended by 40 participants from 12 Asian countries. Participants included a farmer, FFS facilitators, researchers, extension service providers, academics, government officials, and field practitioners more
Strengthening agricultural innovation systems: CABI publishes the TAP Common Framework
Jul 2016 - CABI, the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International, has published the three main products (Synthesis Document, Conceptual Background, and Guidance Note on Operationalization) of the TAP Common Framework, whose objective is to advance agricultural innovation in tropical countries. More specifically, the Common Framework aims at promoting better coherence and greater impact of Capacity Development (CD) for Agricultural Innovation Systems (AIS).   The more
Integrated pest management research is helping to control olive pests in Italy, new FAO video shows
Jul 2016 - A new multi-media production (available here) showcases the positive outcome of an integrated pest management (IPM) initiative to control olive pests in the hills surrounding Canino, a small town in central Italy. The short film has been produced and released in the context of Impresa, a project funded by the European Union to assess more
Impact of research on EU agriculture: FAO’s Research and Extension Unit organizes final conference of the IMPRESA project
Jun 2016 - The final conference of IMPRESA, a project to measure the impact of research on the European Union’s agriculture, will be organized by FAO’s Research and Extension Unit in collaboration with the with Aberystwyth University (United Kingdom). The conference is scheduled for Friday 4th November 2016, from 09:00-17:00, at FAO HQ more
New directions for inclusive Pluralistic Service Systems: Expert consultation (11-13 May 2016)
May 2016 - FAO's Research and Extension Unit, together with FAO's Social Policies and Rural Institutions division (ESP) and in collaboration with the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) organized a three day expert consultation at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy, from 11th to 13th May 2016.  Experts came together to discuss the issue of more
TAP moves forward with approval of 2016 Work Plan and Common Framework
Apr 2016 - Partners of the Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP) met in Kigali (Rwanda) to review the progress made in the implementation of the TAP Action Plan in general, and of the EU-funded Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation Systems (CDAIS) project in particular, as well as to approve the TAP Common Framework and the Work Plan for 2016. More than 50 participants more
TAP Common Framework is presented at CFS 42 side event (FAO HQ)
Oct 2015 - Concepts, principles and practical guidelines of the Common Framework on Capacity Development (CD) for Agricultural Innovation Systems (AIS), developed under the Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP), were presented and discussed at a CFS 42 side event, which took place October 13 2015, from 8.30 to 9.30, at FAO HQ in Rome. more
 FAO and AGRINATURA  further advance their partnership to promote agricultural innovation
Sep 2015 - FAO and AGRINATURA strengthened their collaboration by participating together in the panel discussion of the 39th Session of the European Commission on Agriculture. AGRINATURA was invited at the panel discussion within the framework of the partnership with FAO to promote capacity development for Agricultural Innovation System (AIS) in developing countries. The panel discussion, held in Budapest (Hungary), on more
FAO's Research and Extension Unit launches new Farm Business School (FBS) publication
Jul 2015 - The Farm Business School (FBS) was developed to assist extension workers, public or private, to more effectively work with farmers to provide them with the skills to respond to market demands. This publication comprises a collection of training materials that include: i) an orientation programme for policy makers and programme managers, ii) a short training more
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