Research and Extension Systems


The field programme includes the provision of technical assistance in projects aimed at improving research and extension institutions, processes, and methodologies.
The types of projects include:

  • review and assessment of research and extension systems,
  • assistance in piloting and establishing demand driven, market oriented, pluralistic, and participatory research and extension systems and incorporating these elements into comprehensive agriculture and rural development programmes,
  • enhancing the use of advanced information & communication technologies to facilitate agricultural technology generation and dissemination
  • policy development and institutional capacity building on biotechnology and biosafety for national research systems

Projects include those funded by FAO as well as other international funding sources.  The Research and Extension Unit also organizes regional and sub-regional workshops on enhancing national research and extension systems, studies, and reports which provide technical information and normative frameworks that facilitate the implementation of new policies and programs.