The challenge of a pro-poor agricultural research system


Kenyan farmers

One of the main challenges facing Agricultural Research for Development is how to build an agricultural research system more close to smallholders. For a long time, the research was a matter of scientists practiced in laboratories with results which farmers are often unaware. Several decades after this kind of research, the challenges of poverty and hunger that the research should help to provide solutions remain, and continue to cause more damage in some regions of the world than in the past times.

According to the recent report co-published by FAO, IFAD and WFP on the State of Food Security in the World, the rate of malnutrition in Africa and some regions of Asia have increased over the last 20 years, although improvements have been observed at global level.

Thus with the complexity of the challenges facing farming systems in the future, a transformation of agricultural research systems is urgent to increase…

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