BLOGS

  • Local farmer organizations strengthen agricultural marketing in Nepal
    Mon, 2015-02-16

    In his presentation to the Policy Dialogue, Mr. Komal Pradhan, National Program Director, International Development Enterprises (iDE), Nepal, explained how local farmer organizations are strengthen marketing of agricultural produce by small and marginal farmers in in Nepal. Besides limited marketing opportunities, major constraints to commercial sale of their produce, include the subsistence-oriented nature of local agriculture, farmers’ lack of knowledge, training and skills, difficulty in accessing agricultural inputs from distant district capitals and major towns, and the limited price negotiating ability of farmers.


  • Technology transfer to improve agricultural productivity and sustainability in Indonesia
    Mon, 2015-02-16

    In a presentation to the Third SATNET Policy Dialogue, Dr. Made Jana Mejaya, Director of Indonesian Center for Food Crops Research and Development, Ministry of Agriculture, Indonesia explained how technology transfer is being used to sustainably increase food crop production, in particular rice, to feed the country’s large population at a time when conversion of agricultural land to non-farm use has reduced the number of farmers in Indonesia.


  • Policy Dialogue discusses impact of Green Revolution on sustainable development
    Mon, 2015-02-16

    The Green revolution of the 1970s and 1980s increased agricultural productivity with the introduction of high yielding varieties, improved irrigation, intensified use of agrochemicals and supportive government policies. While helping avoid large-scale hunger in the Asia-Pacific region, it resulted in land and biodiversity degradation with agricultural productivity growth declining. The use of chemicals also adversely affected the health of farmers and consumers while small and marginal farmers were unable to take advantage of the gains of the Green Revolution.


  • Local service providers promote climate-resilient agricultural technologies in Bangladesh
    Wed, 2015-02-11

    In a presentation on technology transfer for agricultural adaptation to climate change in Bangladesh, Mr. Md. Shamim Hossain, Head of Food Security and Livelihoods Unit, Concern Universal told the Policy Dialogue about his organization’s innovative use of community-based service providers as agents of agricultural technology transfer to farmers.


  • Lao PDR addresses challenges to agricultural trade facilitation
    Wed, 2015-02-11

    In a presentation to the Policy Dialogue session “Good practices in agricultural trade facilitation”, Mr. Chanhphasouk Vidavong, Deputy Director of Technical Division, Economic Research Institute for Trade, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR), outlined good practices and challenges to trade facilitation in agricultural products in his country.


  • Participatory approach to empowering farmers’ organizations
    Wed, 2015-02-11

    In a presentation to the Policy Dialogue, Ms. Mag T. Catindig, Program Officer, Asian Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Asia (AsiaDHRRA) Philippines, explained the DHRRA approach to empowering farmers’ organizations that is implemented in partnership with 11 DHRRA members and other civil society organizations in 11 Asian countries.


  • Participatory technology transfer in Cambodia improves rice productivity and incomes
    Wed, 2015-02-11

    In her presentation during the session “Good practices in agricultural technology transfer through participatory and community-based approaches”, Ms. Chantheang Tong, Senior Program Officer, Cambodian Centre for Study and Development of Agriculture (CEDAC), shared the CEDAC experience in promoting the system of rice intensification (SRI) in Cambodia. Approximately 70 per cent of the country’s population depends mainly on agriculture for a livelihood and 60 per cent are rice farmers. A major constraint to improving rice productivity is that 80 per cent of rice farms are rain-fed. Moreover, the average rice farming household has 1.2 ha of land, although 48 per cent of farm households own less than 1 ha. The average rice yield of 3.3 tons per hectare is less than the potential.


  • Innovative flood-proof and farm-friendly rural sanitation system in India
    Wed, 2015-02-11

    In a presentation during the Policy Dialogue session “Good practices in agricultural technology transfer for climate resilient food production technologies”, Mr. Eklavya Prasad of India’s civil society initiative, Megh Pyne Abhiyan (MPA) or Cloud Water Campaign, explained the innovative sanitation technology it is promoting in five flood-prone northern districts of the country’s Bihar State. The initiative uses the flood-resilient and eco-friendly toilet Phaydemand Shauchalay (PS) which produces humuanure from human excreta to improve agricultural productivity and food security of small and marginal farmers.


  • Cambodian farmers‘ federation shares experience in technology transfer
    Tue, 2015-02-10

    In a presentation to the Policy Dialogue, Mr. Yap Thoeurn of the Cambodian Farmers Association Federation of Agricultural Producers (CFAP Cambodia) shared his organization’s experience with technology transfer for promoting sustainable agriculture development. CFAP Cambodia has 19 farmer cooperatives and associations from 5 of Cambodia’s 24 provinces as members.


  • CAPSA Director outlines technology transfer issues in strengthening sustainable agricultural systems
    Tue, 2015-02-10

    The opening presentation by Dr. Katinka Weinberger, Director of CAPSA set the context for the substantive discussion to take place during the 10-11 February SATNET Policy Dialogue on the Role of Technology Transfer in Agriculture for Sustainable Development Outcomes. It focused on the challenges and opportunities for sustainable agriculture as well as the role of science, technology and innovation in promoting sustainable agricultural production.


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