Research & Extension


Towards better monitoring of investments in agricultural research in Europe
Feb 2015 - This international workshop is organized by FAO and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) within the framework of the EU-funded project on the Impact of Research on EU Agriculture (IMPRESA), whose overall aim is to measure, assess and comprehend the impact of all forms of European research on key more
Making Agricultural Innovation Systems (AIS) Work for Development in Tropical Countries
Jan 2015 - Two members of FAO's Research and Extension Unit (Karin Nichterlein and Andrea Sonnino) have co-authored with two additional experts in agricultural innovation (Philipp Aerni and Stephen Rudgard) an article that has been recently published on the journal "Sustainability". The paper provides a summary of the results obtained from three regional needs assessments of more
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 more
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