Research & Extension


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
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
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