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Agricultural research - the road ahead

What direction should agricultural research be taking in order to best contribute to poverty and hunger reduction? And how can the impact of that research be maximised? These were some of the issues that came under discussion at GCARD2.
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Excellent article. Agriculture is the backbone of many developing countries. Small Farmers have their own wisdom in adopting innovative agricultural methods. There must be constant interaction between Agricultural Scientists and Farmers to give scientific basis for Farm Practices
posted by: Dr.A.Jagadeesh (06:30:35 Sun 4th May 2014)

Indigenous knowledge is vital for the success of agricultural research. There is need to have collaborative research where the farmers and researchers conduct joint research programmes on-farm for better adoption.
posted by: Shadrack Inoti (14:52:04 Wed 2nd October 2013)

I HAVE THE OPPORTUNITIES AND ACTUAL ATTACHEMENT WITH THE SMALLHOLDER FARMERS OF ETHIOPIA IN PARTICULAR WHILE I WAS SERVING THE COMMUNITY BEING ON POSITIONS FROM AN EXPERT LEVEL UPTO DISTRICT LEVEL TAM LEADER AND OFFICE HEAD TO SAY THE FOLLOWING.... HOW CAN THE NONE TO VERY LITTLE EDUCATED FARMER CO
posted by: SOLOMON ABDETTA SHENE (01:20:34 Tue 23rd April 2013)

Agricultural Research should not only be demand driven but should be sustainable and Beneficiaries like farmers, policy makers etc should be able to use the technologies brought to them at any given period of time without challenges.
posted by: John Daddy Jeff Momoh (09:44:35 Fri 25th January 2013)

Agricutural Research need to find solutions land degradation, inferior quality of planting material, non-availability of Inputs at correct times, pests (including elephants) and diseases, problems of marketing, which smallholders have to face.
posted by: Dr. Stanley Weeraratna (15:41:41 Wed 23rd January 2013)

 

 

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