Agriculture & Family Farming


Jumpstarting Orange-Fleshed Sweet Potato in West Africa through Diversified Markets

Implementing Organization: International Potato Center under the auspices of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Key Stakeholders: Implementing partner institutions such as research and development organizations and nongovernment organizations; farmers groups; local governments; private sector; and schools in Ghana, Nigeria, and Burkina Faso

Project Period: April 2014-May 2017; second phase starts last quarter of 2017

Piloting and Up-Scaling Effective Models of Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development

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Implementing Organization: SEAMEO Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate
Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA)

Key Stakeholders: universities and research institutions, local governments, farmers groups, civil society, private sector in two municipalities in the Philippines

Project Period: 2015-present

e-Krishok: A 360-degree ICT- enabled solution to empower farmers in Bangladesh

e Krishok caseBangladesh Institute for ICT in Development (BIID)service basket, e-Krishok is the concept of integrating Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as a 360-degree solution in agriculture: from preproduction to postproduction levels.

Role of Agribusiness Young Actors (AYA) on Optimalization of Private Agricultural Extension

Agribusiness Young Actors (AYA) is a youth group in Indonesia that identifies as brain gain actors. They are young farmers involved in field school, apprentices, done farming course who became innovators, researchers, product marketers, product processors, input suppliers, info providers, farm org managers, and even politicians. This case highlights the AYA's strategies and its benefits.  

Brain gain actors are  improve cost-effectiveness of existing agricultural extension services.

SMS provides agricultural information 24/7 in Cambodia

The Kingdom of Cambodia, despite making significant economic progress over the years, still has about 80% of its rural people depend on subsistence farming as their main livelihood. This prompted the Royal Government to implement a ‘pro-poor trade strategy’ focused on an export-oriented agricultural sector to benefit rural areas. One of the obstacles of the strategy was inadequate information flow coupled with inefficient post-harvest system, lack of external market, and high transportation cost (Fitzgerald et al., 2010).

ICTs support agricultural productivity in India

India ICTAmidst declining natural resources for production and the need to enhance livelihoods of those who depend on agriculture, India ventured on maximizing the potent of information communication technologies (ICTs) to address challenges in the agriculture sector.

Ingle, Pathak, and Bhalekar (2015) studied some ICT projects on agriculture for rural development in India. Three of these projects focused on promoting agricultural development. Lessons from these studies indicate that ICTs can build up knowledge to reduce costs, increase efficiency, and improve agricultural productivity.

Krishi Radio 105 MHz: First and Only Agricultural Radio of Nepal

Krishi RadioKrishi Radio 105 MHz, established in August, 2009 is the first agricultural radio in Nepal. Krishi Radio primarily focuses on technology adoption and marketing in the Dhading district of Nepal.

Community radio run by farmers' federation in India


Vayalaga Vanoli is a community radio run by a federation of 4'500 farmersin Madurai District fo India. The radio staff collect ideas, suggestions and requests directly from farmers in the field and broadcast daily programmes on agriculture, animal husbandry, health, women and education.



Building farmers' capacity through participatory video production


Digital Green is an Indian organization that promotes participatory video production to build farmers' capacity on sustainable agriculture and allied livelihood interventions. The use of information and communication technology is combined with social organization to broaden community participation and improve cost-effectiveness of existing agricultural extension services.

Conservation agriculture in China and Democratic People's Republic of Korea

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FAO pilot projects on Conservation Agriculture (CA) in China and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea applied CA principles - minimal soil disturbance, permanent soil cover and crop rotations - in eastern Asian diversified cropping systems for both upland crops and lowland rice areas. This proved the validity of CA under different agro-ecological conditions as a way to combine profitable agricultural production with environmental concerns.



Community radio and rural communication services in Bangladesh

krishi The FAO project “Enhancing Rural Communication Services for Agricultural Development through Community Rural Radio” encouraged the participation of agricultural stakeholders in Bangladesh at the national, upazila and village level and spearheaded the establishment of Krishi Radio, the first community rural radio of the country.