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Organising agricultural research and development for the 21st century


The theme will look at the organisation of agricultural research and development, and the challenges of farmer participation on large scales in often highly conventional organisations. Experiences from the CGIAR centres (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research), NARS (National Agricultural Research Systems) and the private sector will be explored, alongside more bottom-up initiatives emerging from farmer organisations and federations, non-governmental organisations and unions. In addition, experiences of new, hybrid organisational arrangements, involving, for example, partnerships between public and private sectors or integrated approaches involving farmers as well as technicians (as in farmer field schools) will be examined. This theme will ask whether the current institutional and organisational framework – for research, extension and agricultural education – really does put farmers first, and if not, what do we do about it?

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Future Agricultures
STEPS Centre