News and Activities
Article on riverbed farming wins first prize in Agriwaterpedia.info competition
An article on riverbed farming by Katharina Schiller, a master's student of the Food Security Center (FSC), University of Hohenheim, Germany, who took part in SATNET validation studies on sustainable agricultural technologies, has won the first prize in a competition organized by Agriwaterpedia.info. Agriwaterpedia.info is an online knowledge platform that focuses on agricultural water management and the challenge of achieving food security in the context of climate change in developing countries.
Enhancing post-harvest and marketing knowledge and skills of Cambodian agriculture specialists
AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center, in collaboration with the Royal University of Agriculture, Cambodia, will conduct a SATNET training programme on post-harvest technology and marketing systems for small-scale farmers from 10 to 14 March 2014 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The training will target agriculture extension workers and specialists.
National training on biological control of agricultural pests and diseases, 5-7 March 2014, Kathmandu, Nepal
Biological control of pests and diseases is part of an integrated pest management (IPM) approach that reduces pest populations and controls diseases in agricultural crops by relying on natural enemies rather than chemicals. Following the first SATNET training in this field in Afghanistan in September 2013, the second such training is being organized from 5 to 7 March 2014 in Kathmandu, Nepal. This capacity-building programme, organized jointly by the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) and the Nepal Agricultural Research Centre (NARC), will target agriculture specialists and extension officers in Nepal.
National training on cost-benefit analysis of agricultural technologies, 3-4 March, Nepal
Following the successful SATNET training programme on cost-benefit analysis of agricultural technologies conducted by the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) in Bhutan last year, a similar programme has just been organized in Nepal from 3 to 4 March 2014. Agricultural researchers and extension workers under the National Agriculture Research Centre (NARC) in Nepal – a SATNET Associate and key partner in this event – had the opportunity to learn how to use Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) methodology to analyse social gains and losses that could arise from the adoption of a technology or implementation of a project.
SATNET helps set up crop pest and disease biocontrol laboratory in Bhutan
Over the past few decades, excessive use of chemical pesticides in agricultural crop production has resulted in environmental damage, ecological imbalance and pesticide residues in food, soil and groundwater, as well as adverse impacts on human and animal health. Integrated pest management practices, particularly biological control approaches targeting insect pests and diseases of agricultural crops are a promising alternative to synthetic pesticides. Biological control approaches are environment-friendly, effective against a broad range of insect pests and easy to adopt.
SATNET Asia scholarship to attend the 33rd International Vegetable Training Course (IVTC) at AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center, Thailand
Call for nominations from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR and Myanmar
AVRDC - The World Vegetable Center is now accepting nominations for a total of 36 scholarships to be made available through SATNET Asia to allow SATNET participants from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR), and Myanmar to attend one module of the 33rd International Vegetable Training Course (IVTC) "Vegetables: From Seed to Table and Beyond". The training will be conducted from 15 September to 5 December 2014 at AVRDC's Research and Training Station in Kamphaeng Saen, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, about 80 km west of Bangkok, Thailand.
Progress made on technology factsheets and validation studies
The Food Security Center (FSC), a research centre of excellence in development cooperation at the University of Hohenheim in Germany, is developing a portfolio of sustainable agriculture technologies and good practices. Since September 2013, FSC work has been focused on the preparation of technology factsheets and the planning and supervision of the remaining validation studies carried out by consultants.
Climate-resilient technologies for enhancing livelihoods of smallholder farmers
The Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT), in partnership with the Catholic Relief Services (CRS), India and the Improved Rice-based Rainfed Agricultural Systems (IRRAS) programme supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, organized a three-day workshop titled 'Stress-tolerant technologies: Using livelihood and productivity-enhancing approaches for smallholder farmers' during 5-7 December 2013 in Patna, India.
Researchers and extension officers in Bhutan learn to assess the costs and benefits of agricultural technologies
Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) is an appraisal method that analyses social gains and losses that could arise from the adoption of a technology or implementation of a project and is widely used in agriculture. If the social and economic benefits of a technology exceed the cost, there is justification for its adoption and implementation.