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GFAR

The Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) brings together all those working to strengthen and transform agricultural research for development around the world. As part of this role, GFAR is working with New Agriculturist to showcase and raise awareness of important initiatives and their outcomes, to update and inspire others.

Research and innovation... Extension

Revitalising extension and advisory services, and strengthening their linkage with other actors in agricultural value chains, are fundamental to the future of agricultural and rural development, helping smallholder farmers to increase productivity and improve their livelihoods and address climate changes and environmental degradation. In this edition, GFAR highlights some alternative and innovative approaches to extension that have strengthened the capabilities of smallholder farmers in West Africa, the Caribbean and South Asia.

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Farmers on film in the fight against striga

Farmers on film in the fight against striga

In West Africa, ICRISAT has built on experiences gained by AfricaRice in developing a series of ten farmer-to-farmer videos. The ten films are now being widely shown to support rural learning on practical and affordable ways to control one of Africa's most serious weeds - striga.

Date published: March 2012

Virtual outreach: connecting farmers in the Caribbean

Virtual outreach: connecting farmers in the Caribbean

Small farmers dominate farming in the Caribbean, where state extension and advisory services are financially stretched. To help small farmers in the region, a team of researchers has made use of mobile 'smart' phones to improve the accessibility of relevant agricultural knowledge and information.

Date published: March 2012

Extension approaches for small farms in Bhutan

Extension approaches for small farms in Bhutan

Varying environmental conditions and isolated farming communities scattered across Bhutan's valleys, ridges and slopes has made the provision of extension services a serious challenge. But the community of Salamjee has changed its farming landscape by introducing sustainable land management technologies.

Date published: March 2012

 

 

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