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National training on cost-benefit analysis of agricultural technologies, 25-27 November 2013, Bhutan
Cost-benefit analysis (CBA) is an appraisal method that provides analysis of social gains and losses that could arise from the adoption of a particular technology or project. The CBA methodology is widely used in agriculture for assessing the usefulness of a new technology before its application on the ground. If the benefit of technology application exceeds the cost, the adoption and implementation of a new technology by relevant stakeholders can be justified economically.
Workshop on stress-tolerant technologies: Using livelihood- and productivity-enhancing approaches for smallholder farmers, 5-7 December 2013, India
Major developments in area of stress-tolerant varieties in the Eastern gangetic plains of India has helped enhance crop productivity and yields sharply. A classic example is the submergence-tolerant rice variety that can result in good yields, even after two weeks of submergence in floodwaters. Such varieties of crops assume significance due to their potential to assist smallholders to adapt to climate change and enhance their livelihoods.
Expert Consultation on: Strengthening linkages between research and extension to promote food and nutrition security, 11-12 December 2013
An Expert Consultation on 'Strengthening linkages between research and extension to promote food and nutrition security', jointly organized by the Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA) through the SATNET Asia project, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) with inputs from the Asia Pacific Association of Agriculture Research Institutions (APAARI), will be held on 11-12 December 2013 at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC) in Bangkok, Thailand.
Training on integrated pest management in Afghanistan
The Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Afghanistan, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) of Afghanistan, and the Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA) jointly organized two training programmes on pest management for food crops in Kabul, Afghanistan, in September 2013.
Agricultural research in Nepal: A collection of abstracts
A Compendium of Abstracts of Agricultural Research in Nepal has been published by the Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC), one of the SATNET Associates. In Nepal, research in agriculture is conducted under NARC in different agro-ecological and socio-economic environments across the country. The publication is a collection of abstracts of research papers related to on-farm, socio-economic and policy research in Nepalese agriculture, which have been published in journals and other publications. The Compendium could be a valuable asset for researchers, extension workers, policy makers and those concerned about agricultural research and development in Nepal. It can be downloaded here.
Cricket farming in Cambodia: a sustainable source of supplementary nutrition and income
On the morning of 20 September, Mr Hen Nang and Mr Chrat Savat knocked on the door of the Annâdya Project Office – a SATNET associate based in Banlung, Cambodia. The two poor farmers had come from Katieng village in Lumphat district 35 km away, spending more than one-third of their daily income of $4 on motorbike fuel, to learn about the edible cricket breeding programme started by Annâdya in several other villages. Deciding not to wait for project extension staff to visit them, the two went to Banlung as they were keen to try cricket breeding to supplement their household diets and incomes and inspire others in their village to do the same.
Studies to assess sustainability of agricultural technologies in Bangladesh
Between September and end of December, in-depth sustainability assessments on (i) integrated rice-duck farming technology and (ii) vegetable pool and organic vegetable production-in-sack are being conducted in Bangladesh. These technologies were chosen for in-depth study from among 36 submitted by SATNET participants in response to the call for applications promoting good practices in sustainable agriculture. The two technologies were selected since they were found to rank higher in terms of sustainability.
Results of SATNET Asia research presented at Tropentag 2013 in Germany
The Annual Conference on Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (Tropentag) is being held from 17-19 September 2013 at the University of Hohenheim, Germany. This year's theme is 'Agricultural development within the rural-urban continuum'. The German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Mr Dirk Niebel, made the welcome address.
Training on Postharvest Technology and Marketing Systems for Small-scale Farmers in Myanmar
From 9 to 13 September 2013, AVRDC - The World Vegetable Center, together with the Myanmar-based Food Security Working Group (FSWG) are conducting a training course on Postharvest Technology and Marketing Systems for Small-scale Farmers. The training, which is part of SATNET Asia, aims to enhance participants' knowledge and skills in postharvest practices and marketing information systems.
Training on Sustainable Vegetable Production Systems in Myanmar
As part of SATNET Asia, AVRDC - The World Vegetable Center, together with the Myanmar-based Food Security Working Group (FSWG) and multi-donor Livelihood and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT), conducted a training course on Sustainable Vegetable Crop Production Systems from 12-16 August 2013 in Yangon, Myanmar. Thirty participants from different non-governmental organizations, universities, the private sector and the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation in Myanmar, participated in the training.