Research and Extension Systems

Guidelines for AIS assessment at the country level

FAO, in collaboration with the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD) and other partners, has developed guidelines for AIS assessment at national level.

Assessments allow identification of weaknesses, gaps, interventions required and key areas for responsible investments to strengthen the AIS, while ensuring that the agricultural research systems and EAS, as well as the other components of the system, work better. The main output of an assessment is a country profile of the national AIS.

The results of the assessment can be used to prioritize and guide investments to revitalize the agri-food system at the country level. With funding from the European Union, FAO uses the guidelines to assess the national AIS in nine countries: Burkina Faso, Eritrea, Malawi, Rwanda and Senegal in Africa, Cambodia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Pakistan in Asia and Colombia in Latin America.