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The role of agricultural production and food policy in achieving broad development goals. Covering food security, land issues, food prices, gender, extension, the right to food and the role of technology and innovation.

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Convergence on Nutrition in Agricultural Systems of Innovation: Concepts and Methods, with Examples from Pakistan
M. Loevinsohn; R. Mehmood / Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia 2014
The paper first briefly sketches the origins of the system of innovation (SoI) concept and the need it was seen to fulfil in agriculture. It then illustrates the different ways it has been employed as a framework to explain how change...
Finance and risk-related obstacles preventing smallholders from participating in carbon finance mechanisms
T. Havemann; V. Muccione / Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research 2011
Smallholder farmers have an important role to play in the prevention of climate change by reducing net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. However, they are not benefitting from international financial mechanisms established as a result o...
Finding the most appropriate tools for knowledge sharing
N. White; L. Lamoureux; S. Staiger-Rivas / Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research 2009
The Institutional Knowledge Sharing (KS) Project together with CGIAR Center partners has been experimenting with a range of KS tools and methods over the past five years and has recently been assembling these and many others into this...
Assessment of passive and active social learning amongst Kenyan farmers
Heidi Hogset; Christopher B. Barrett / Department of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University 2007
This paper explores passive and active forms of social learning by Kenyan farmers. It aims to challenge economists and other social scientists to consider carefully the processes by which individuals learn and the implications of this...
Small scale farmers' views on the future of food production
M. Pimbert; K. Tran-Thanh; E. Deléage; M. Reinert; C. Trehet; E. Bennett / International Institute for Environment and Development 2006
The knowledge, priorities and aspirations of small scale producers are rarely included in policy debates on the future of food, farming and development. In response, a recent electronic conference, "The Future of Food and Small-scale ...
Do ICTs enhance rural livelihoods?
D. Richardson / Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation 2006
This summary report provides an outline of the main issues and trends in agricultural extension, as they relate to ICTs, with a special emphasis on improving rural livelihoods. The report draws on the presentations, case studies and d...
Patterns of interaction, not research, key to agricultural innovation
World Bank 2006
How does innovation occur? Describing recent changes in the context of agricultural development, this paper signals a need to better examine how innovation is generated in the agricultural sector. The paper develops an operational agr...
The role of sub-Saharan farmer organisations in innovation processes
W. Heemskerk; B. Wennink / Royal Tropical Institute 2004
This report focuses on the role of farmer organisations and their importance to innovation processes. Using case studies, the book describes experiences of managing the involvement of community-based farmer groups in agricultural rese...
Participatory plant breeding in Honduras results in long term skill development, social empowerment
S. Humphries; O. Gallardo; J. Jimenez; F. Sierra / Overseas Development Institute 2005
This paper discusses the improvement of bean varieties as a joint activity between Honduran hillside farmers and regional scientists. Some of the findings outlined in the paper include: farmers trained to conduct partic...
How information exchange between farmers impacts on technology adoption
J. Zhao / World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER) 2005
This paper studies the role of information exchange between adopters and others about new technologies introduced to rural farmers in developing countries and about each other’s likelihood of adoption. The author argues that info...
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