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.


Research and extension systems are facing a number of critical new challenges. These include the need for sustainable agricultural intensification and for addressing the impacts of climate change to ensure Food and Nutrition Security for growing populations with changing demands due to increasing incomes. Moreover, since the late 1980's and 1990's, research-extension systems have faced severe budget constraints while agriculture overall has seen low investment. In this context, new stakeholders have emerged to complement government research and extension systems such as private sector research, extension and marketing outlets and NGOs (both national and international). ICT service providers, internet information sources and globalization of information access have also added to the research-extension landscape with opportunities for new linkages.


The Consultation will explore ways to efficiently and effectively meet these challenges and leverage opportunities by bringing together national leaders in research and extension as well as representatives from the private sector and civil society. Participants will assess existing research-extension system linkages, identify opportunities and gaps, and explore how the research-extension services can contribute to present and future food and nutrition security. An Action Framework for strengthening research-extension linkages in the region will be developed.


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