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Tailoring rural advisory services to family farms: An FAO e-mail conference (1-18 December 2014)
Nov 2014 - The UN General Assembly declared 2014 to be the International Year of Family Farming and invited the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to facilitate implementation of the International Year, in collaboration with its partners. Among its other initiatives for the International Year, FAO has worked with the Global Forum on ...read more
Impact assessment of agricultural research - Summary of an FAO e-mail conference
Sep 2014 - The Moderator's Summary (130 KB) of the FAO e-mail conference on “Approaches and methodologies in ex post impact assessment of agricultural research: Experiences, lessons learned and perspectives” was published in September 2014, providing an easily readable synthesis of the main discussion points and conclusions. Over 600 people subscribed to this ...read more
FAO helps Swaziland moving towards commercial farming
Aug 2014 - FAO and the European Union have teamed up with the government of Swaziland to help over 20,000 smallholder farmers to increase the production of higher-quality food and improve their linkages with new markets. Set up in 2009, the Swaziland Agricultural Development Project (SADP) is a 5-year programme (now entering in ...read more
Launching of ARDNA at the inauguration of SIAM 2014 - Award for best innovation
Aug 2014 - On the occasion of the inauguration of the 9th Moroccan International Agricultural Fair (SIAM) held in Meknes on 24 April 2014, Prince Moulay Rachid of Morocco kick-started the virtual network for knowledge exchange and communication among actors of the agricultural innovation system named as ARDNA. He was accompanied by the ...read more
IARBIC launches renewed web page
Jul 2014 - IARBIC, the €5.7 million program to intensify agriculture in Niger, has launched an official web page hosted on FAO website. The new layout is designed to introduce general readers and development stakeholders at all levels to the program’s goals, approaches and activities. Started in 2008 as a collaborative effort between FAO and ...read more
FAO and GFRAS strengthen ties with Memorandum of Understanding
Feb 2014 - FAO and the Global Forum for rural advisory Services (GFRAS) are further enhancing their collaboration by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will provide an institutionalized framework for their joint efforts. The memorandum, signed in Rome on February 19, will allow both organizations to strengthen their ties with the goal ...read more
Biotechnologies at Work for Smallholders:  Case Studies from Developing Countries in Crops, Livestock and Fish
Nov 2013 - This book documents a unique series of 19 case studies where agricultural biotechnologies were used to serve the needs of smallholders in developing countries. They cover different regions, production systems, species and underlying socio-economic conditions in the crop (seven case studies), livestock (seven) and aquaculture/fisheries (five) sectors. Most of the ...read more
Partners agree on the action plan and governance of the G20 Tropical Agriculture Platform
Sep 2013 - On 4 and 5 September 2013, the partners of the Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP) met at the inception workshop held at the headquarters of the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences (CATAS) in Haikou, Hainan Province of the People’s Republic of China with support of the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture. TAP ...read more
FAO’s Research and Extension Branch promotes debate on the publication ”Experiences and Participatory process approaches to innovation in Agriculture: the case of PBA corporation in Colombia”.
Aug 2013 - Publication's Summary: In Colombia, the Foundation for the Sustainable and Participatory Development of Small Rural Producers (Corporación PBA) has developed a strategy for Participatory Rural Innovation (IRP), which prioritizes the development and promotion of farmers’ abilities and skills by using their own knowledge as the basis for this activity. It ...read more
FIRST MEETING OF FAO AND CGIAR CONSORTIUM TO IMPLEMENT ITS NEW STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP
Jul 2013 - FAO and CGIAR programme leaders met in Rome, to exchange new developments of their strategic objectives in both organizations and identify areas for strategic collaboration aimed at boosting the impact of their research and development activities. This is the first meeting following the signature of the Memorandum of Understanding in February this year. The CGIAR ...read more
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