BLOGS

  • A shift of attention from technology to process
    Thu, 2013-02-21

    “Are we changing the way we think and act?”  This question was raised by Dr. Katinka Weinberger, Head of CAPSA, in her closing remarks on the occasion of the Policy Dialogue on Technology transfer for smallholder farmers. We may have spent too much time and discussion on methods, rather than processes, and therefore failed to achieve broad farmer, extensionist and scientist interaction at all levels.


  • “What opportunities are there to apply some of the knowledge acquired in the Policy Dialogue in your respective area?” Participants reflect on the day’s learning
    Thu, 2013-02-21

    Ms. Kate Lamb and Ms. Martina Spisiakova, who moderated the final session, selected ten participants to share their reflection on what they learned during the day-long meeting, what they are taking home and more importantly, what opportunities they see to be implemented in their respective work areas.


  • Improved technologies that have been shown to benefit smallholder farmers
    Thu, 2013-02-21

    Dr. Robert Holmer, Regional Director, The World Vegetable Center (AVRDC)-East and South-East Asia, facilitated a session with five speakers on improved technologies that have been proved to benefit smallholders.


  • Improved processes to enhance adoption of technologies by smallholder farmers
    Thu, 2013-02-21

    Four presenters shared examples of improved processes to enhance adoption of agricultural technologies by smallholders.


  • Improved synergies among innovation, delivery and receiving systems can facilitate better technology transfer to smallholders
    Wed, 2013-02-20

    On 13 February 2013, Dr. Kasdi Subagyono, Executive Secretary of the Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development (IAARD) made his keynote remarks on behalf of Dr. Haryono, Director General of IAARD, Ministry of Agriculture, Indonesia.


  • Food Security: a priority of Europe Aid
    Fri, 2013-02-15

    In her opening speech of the High Level Policy Dialogue on Technology Transfer for Smallholder Farmers (13 February 2013), Ms. Adelina Nicolaie, Programme Manager, Technology Transfer for Food Security in Asia, European Commission, emphasized the commitment of the European Union (EU) to fight food insecurity and malnutrition.


  • Role of markets and value chains to support smallholders to access agricultural technologies
    Thu, 2013-02-14

    Dr. Upali Wickramasinghe, Regional Advisor on Poverty Reduction and Food Security, Center for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA) led discussions on the role of markets and value chains to support smallholders to access agriculture technologies. He stressed that the world has over 500 million smallholder farmers who own land on less than two hectares and who often occupy marginal land far from markets, extension and basic services.


  • How can advances in science and research better reach smallholders to promote sustainable agriculture?
    Thu, 2013-02-14

    The moderated discussion of the Policy Dialogue focused on how advances in science and research can better reach smallholders to promote sustainable agriculture. The panel included six guests, namely: H.E. Mr. Ghulam Sakhi Ghairat, Ambassador, Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan; Dr. Kasdi Subagyono, Execuitive Secretary, Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development (IAARD), Ministry of Agriculture, Indonesia; Dr. Raghunath Ghodake, Director General, National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI), Papua New Guinea; Mrs. Miliakere Nawaikula, Director of Research, Fiji Agricultural Research Division, Fiji; Dr. Grace Wong, Senior Scientist , Forests and Livelihoods Programme, Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR); and Ms. Ika N. Krishnayanti, International Relations Officer, Indonesian Peasant Alliance. Ms. Kate Lamb, Journalist for Voices of America, moderated the panel.


  • Director General of the National Agricultural Research Institute, Papua New Guinea highlights constraints and opportunities for technology transfer to smallholders
    Wed, 2013-02-13

    Dr. Raghunath Ghodake, Director General, National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI), Papua New Guinea was one of the key speakers in the High-Level Policy Dialogue on Technology Transfer for Smallholder Farmers. He highlighted key constraints and opportunities in technology transfer and adaptation processes for smallholder farmers.


  • Fiji to develop innovation in agriculture
    Wed, 2013-02-13

    During her keynote remarks, Mrs. Miliakere Nawaikula, Director of Research, Fiji Agriculture Research Division, Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Primary Industries, stressed that Fiji is a small country where technology transfer for smallholder farmers is still a main challenge. Mrs. Nawaikula delivered her remarks on the occasion of the High-Level Policy Dialogue on Technology Transfer for Smallholder Farmers, held on 13 February 2013 in Bogor, Indonesia.


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