Agriculture accounts for 20 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Bangladesh, with fisheries and livestock contributing another 3.7 and 4 per cent, respectively, to national income. “Agricultural growth has helped bring down the incidence of poverty in the country from more than 80 per cent in the 1970s to 31.5 per cent in 2010,” stated Dr. Wais Kabir, Executive Chairman, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Centre (BARC) in today’s presentation on ‘Status of Research-Extension Linkages in Bangladesh’.
Status of research-extension linkages in Bangladesh
Taking fruits of research to farmers crucial for Asia Pacific food and nutrition security
The Expert consultation “Strengthening Linkages between Research and Extension to Promote Food and Nutrition Security” was launched this morning at the Sukusol Hotel in Bangkok. The meeting had to be relocated at the last minute from the United Nations building due to the ongoing political rally outside the United Nations Conference Centre.
Preliminary Findings about Ecological Sanitation in North Bihar, India
In June and July 2013, Janis Koknevics conducted interviews in three separate districts (Paschim (West) Champaran, Saharsa, and Khagaria) in the state of Bihar, in India, investigating the sustainability of ecosan units promoted and installed by Megh Pyne Abhiyan (MPA) an NGO associated with SATNET Asia.
Results from the sustainability assessment of riverbed farming in Nepal
In spring 2013, Ms. Katharina Schiller (MSc student, University of Hohenheim) investigated the sustainability of leasehold riverbed vegetable farming in the Terai of Nepal. She interviewed landless and land-poor farmers in Kailali and Kanchanpur districts in Far-Western Nepal. These farmers leased a minimum of 1354 m² (4 kattha, local land area unit) of seasonally dry riverbed from the community or private land owners to produce cucumbers, bottle and bitter gourds, pumpkins, and watermelons for market sale.
Ecological sanitation in North Bihar helps farmers save time and increases yields
Mr Janis Koknevics, a master student in Agricultural Sciences in the tropics and sub tropics from the University of Hohenheim is currently in northern Bihar, India, investigating the sustainability of the ecological sanitation (ecosan) units. The ecosan units are promoted and implemented by Megh Pyne Abhiyan (MPA), a local NGO and associate in SATNET Asia. For this study Mr. Koknevics is visiting 3 districts where MPA works, namely, Paschim (West) Champaran, Saharsa, and Khagaria.
Reaching farmers in Pakistan with sustainable agricultural technologies
A training workshop on identifying sustainable agricultural technologies and translating research findings into information accessible to extension workers and farmers took place from 1 to 5 July 2013 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The workshop was organized in partnership between the Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA), Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It gathered about 23 scientists from PARC institutes around the country and three people from FAO, Pakistan office.
Bridging research and practice: the opening of the writeshop on translating research findings into practice
The writeshop on translating research findings into knowledge accessible and understandable to farmers has been officially opened this morning, 12 June 2013. The writeshop will last until Friday 14 June. This capacity-building event aims to reduce the knowledge gap between research and practice by enhancing the capacity of Indonesian extension workers to identify the most compelling findings from the work of researchers, package, present and disseminate these findings to farmers in a practical form. It offers an opportunity to deepen participants' understanding of knowledge and communication issues and gaps between research and extension, enhance their communication skills, share best practices, and learn to better engage with stakeholders. The event is being organized in partnership between CAPSA, the Indonesian Center for Agricultural Technology Assessment and Development (ICATAD) and AVRDC - The World Vegetable Center.
Study on Distillation Units in Nepal completed: some preliminary findings
In May 2013, Chelsea Johnson conducted interviews in three different districts of Nepal: Banke and Bardiya in the terai and Lalitpur in the hills.
Where rivers run dry, landless farmers benefit: vegetables from riverbeds
Ms. Katharina Schiller, a master student from Hohenheim University, is investigating the sustainability of riverbed farming in the Indo-Gangetic plains (the Terai) of southern Nepal, in collaboration with Helvetas Nepal.
Chamomile is in the air - The sustainability of low volume, high-value essential oils from the hills of Nepal
Ms Chelsea Johnson, a master student from the University of Hohenheim, conducts a validation study on distillation units promoted by one of SATNET Asia’s Associates, IDE in Nepal. The aim is to examine the sustainability of this technology. Since 15 March 2013, she visited distillers in Lahitpur district (a hilly region, 24 km from Kathmandu) and Banke district (terai region, 27 km from Nepalgunj) and discussed with unit managers and technical experts about the different sustainability aspects of the distillation units. Currently, the second chamomile harvest of the year is happening in the terai and wintergreen processing is going on in the hills.