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Strengthening linkages between research and extension for food and nutrition security in Asia and the Pacific

The Food and Agriculture Organization – Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAO-RAP) and the Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA) of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) organized a two-day Expert Consultation on Strengthening Linkages between Research and Extension to Promote Food and Nutrition Security in Bangkok, Thailand, on  11 and 12 December 2013. Over 50 participants including national leaders in agricultural research and extension, and representatives from civil society and the private sector from 14 Asia- Pacific countries as well as representatives from various international organizations took part in the event. The Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI) along with the European Union (EU) funded Network for Knowledge Transfer on Sustainable Agricultural Technologies and Improved Market Linkages in South and South-East Asia (SATNET Asia) project also contributed to the Consultation. The Expert Consultation provided a valuable opportunity to take stock of the current state of agricultural research and extension systems in Asia and the Pacific and develop an Action Framework to make research-extension systems more efficient and relevant to the food security and nutritional needs of the region. The Expert Consultation report was published in 2013.

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7 March 2014

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