Research & Extension


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
IARBIC won the “International Competition for Best Sustainable Development Practices (BSDPs)” of the EXPO Milano 2015
Jul 2015 - IARBIC, an FAO supported project to intensify agriculture in Niger, has won the first prize in the competition for the “Best Sustainable Development Practices (BSDPs)” of the EXPO Milano 2015. The ceremony has taken place on July 6, 2015, at the Auditorium in Palazzo Italia with concluding remarks given by more
Research and Extension Unit is focal point for FAO's partnership with CNR, ENEA and CRA to strengthen agricultural sectors of developing countries
Jun 2015 - FAO's Research and Extension Unit, headed by Karin Nichterlein, will be FAO's technical focal point for the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between FAO and three of Italy’s main research institutions in the areas of food, environment and technology. The purpose of the MoU, signed in Rome on the 23 more
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
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