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  • A value-chain approach to economic development
    Thu, 2013-12-12

    In his presentation, Mr. Philip Charlesworth, Agricultural Program Director, iDE Cambodia, outlined challenges before small farmers in Cambodia who lack adequate access to agricultural inputs, irrigation, agronomic know-how and market information. iDE Cambodia is addressing these gaps through a commercially viable model focused on delivering quality agricultural inputs and know-how to smallholders.


  • Strengthening research-extension linkages to benefit smallholder farmers in the Central Himalayas
    Thu, 2013-12-12

    In her presentation, Ms. Sonali Bisht, Institute of Himalayan Environmental Research & Education (INHERE), Almora, Uttarakhand, India, noted that geography and a difficult environment limit the agricultural livelihood choices available in the Himalayan region with mostly rain-fed cropping possible on terrace farms. Natural disasters, especially flash floods from cloud-bursts as well as droughts are also major challenges.


  • Strengthening agricultural research-extension linkages in Malaysia
    Thu, 2013-12-12

    Explaining the challenges to strengthening agricultural research-extension linkages in Malaysia, Mr. Tapsir Serin, Deputy Director, Economic and Technology Management Research Center, Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) said national research-extension policies aim to advance agriculture in step with other sectors of the economy in order to realize the vision of making Malaysia a developed country by 2020. “In our point of view, to meet our goal, agriculture needs to move together with other sectors.”


  • National agriculture research-extension system linkages in Indonesia
    Thu, 2013-12-12

    Outlining the challenges facing agricultural research-extension system linkages in Indonesia, Dr. Agung Hendriadi, Director, Indonesian Center for Agricultural Technology Assessment and Development (ICATAD), Ministry of Agriculture, said Indonesian farmers need technology and innovation to respond to changing food consumption patterns with consumers demanding quality food. “While the Human Development Index (HDI) has been increasing, challenges in agriculture sector are also increasing because the food consumption pattern is changing and consumers are also demanding quality foods”


  • Status of research-extension linkages in Timor-Leste
    Thu, 2013-12-12

    Mr. Mariano Fernando Xavier Malik of the Timor-Leste Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) sketched the situation in his young nation where some 80 per cent of the 1.2 million people rely on agriculture, which accounts for about 30 per cent of the country’s non-oil GDP, with coffee as a main export crop.


  • Status of research-extension linkages in Papua New Guinea
    Thu, 2013-12-12

    Outlining the state of research-extension linkages in his country, Dr. Raghunath Ghodake, Director-General, Papua New Guinea National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI), noted that although a resource-rich country, Papua New Guinea faces major challenges to promoting food security and nutrition with an estimated 7 million food-insecure people in a nation where 80% of the population is dependent on agriculture.


  • Role of research-extension systems in promoting food and nutrition security
    Thu, 2013-12-12

    A panel discussion on the role of research-extension system in promoting food and nutritional security was the first interactive session during the Expert Consultation on 11 December 2013. Panel moderator Dr. Raj Paroda, Executive Secretary of the Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI) put the following questions to the panelists who included Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad, Chairman, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC); Dr. Annie Wesley, Senior Program Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada; Dr. Abdus Salam, Advisor, Agriculture & Food Security Program, BRAC, Bangladesh; Dr. Ir. Agung Hendriadi, Director, Indonesian Center for Agricultural Technology Assessment and Development (ICATAD); and Mr. Sopheap Pan, Executive Director, Farmer and Nature Net (Cambodia)


  • Status of research-extension linkages in Sri Lanka
    Wed, 2013-12-11

    Sri Lanka was another country represented in presentations on ‘Status of Research-Extension Linkages’ during the Expert Consultation. Dr. R. R. A. Wijekoon, Director General of Agriculture, Department of Agriculture, Sri Lanka, stated that “agriculture contributes 11.1 per cent to Sri Lanka’s GDP with an estimated growth rate of 5.8 per cent”. The main agricultural produce include rice, vegetables, fruits and spices. The research-extension sector uses training, crop clinics and print media as the main tools to strengthen research-extension linkages.


  • Status of research-extension linkages in India
    Wed, 2013-12-11

    Indian agricultural growth has undergone wide diversification in the six decades since Independence. However, the agriculture sector, which is still crucial for the livelihood of the vast majority of people, is facing many challenges to ensuring food security for the nation


  • Presenting an overview of expert consultation on strengthening linkages between research and extension to promote food and nutrition security
    Wed, 2013-12-11

    A joint presentation by Dr. Katinka Weinberger, Director of CAPSA and Mr. Kevin Gallagher, Agricultural Research, Extension and Education (REED) Officer, FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, set out the issues to be considered by the Consultation. Noting that smallholder farmers contribute largely to world food production, Dr. Weinberger highlighted the need for research and extension to be focused on them.


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