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Eldis is one in a family of knowledge services from the Institute of Development Studies ( IDS ), Sussex , UK , and aims to share information on development policy, practice and research. Currently, Eldis has over 16,000 on-line documents and information on 4500 organisations. Thirty subject-focused guides offer quick access to key documents, organisations, research themes, discussions and other key resources. Agriculture, food security, participation and IPR are just a few of the subjects covered. The pages on farmer participation in research and indigenous Knowledge within the guide agriculture have several documents on farmer innovation and PID.

Future Agricultures Consortium
The Future Agricultures Consortium aims to encourage critical debate and policy dialogue on the future of agriculture in Africa . The Consortium is a partnership between research-based organisations in Africa and the UK, with work currently focusing on Ethiopia , Kenya and Malawi . Through stakeholder-led policy dialogues on future scenarios for agriculture, informed by field research, the Consortium aims to elaborate the practical and policy challenges of establishing and sustaining pro-poor agricultural growth in Africa


id21 communicates the latest UK-sourced international development research to policymakers & practitioners worldwide. Services include:


•  research highlights online – short policy-focused summaries of research checked by the researcher for accuracy with links to the original documents and further related information.

•  research highlights in print feature the best health, education, and natural resources research highlights in print if you have limited internet access; also available in PDF format.

•  id21 insights in print and online offers a thematic overview of the latest research on different development issues. Focus and content are decided in collaboration between id21, a guest editor and academic advisor. Each issue is 6-pages long with a guest editorial and 5 or 6 short articles on research relating to the chosen topic. Shorter pieces can focus on pertinent case studies as relevant. id21 insights is published 10 times a year.

•  id21 focus online is a new product for research institutes, projects or programmes (particularly in the south) who would like to disseminate their research to a wider audience with support and advice from id21. More flexible than id21 insights it can focus on a particular research topic or programme and can be between 2 and 6 pages long. id21 focus is primarily online - printing is optional and paid for by the client.

•  id21 viewpoints online give practitioners, researchers, students, advocacy workers, policymakers and so on the opportunity to express their views on policy issues relating to international development.

•  email news alerts keep you up-to-date on the latest research highlights and id21 insights articles and other new content added to the id21 site.


The STEPS Centre
The STEPS Centre is a new interdisciplinary global research and policy engagement hub, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. STEPS aims to develop a new approach to understanding, action and communication on sustainability and development. By acknowledging the interactions between social, technological and environmental factors in diverse local settings the Centre seeks to create more sustainable, socially just and favourable conditions for the poor. Uniting development studies with science and technology studies, STEPS to address two vital global challenges: (i) how to link environmental sustainability with better livelihoods and health for poor people; and (ii) how to make science and technology work to reduce poverty and increase social justice. Based at the Institute of Development Studies and SPRU Science and Technology Policy Research in the UK , STEPS is working with partners in China , India , Kenya and Argentina .


Other Key Sites

This list is intended to provide links to related networks, bibliographic sources, databases, and other organisations that are in some way involved in the farmer-led innovation in agricultural research and development and related participatory innovation development approaches. While acknowledging that there are many other possible contacts and links to be added, especially if we consider the broader themes of participatory research and development, we seek here to provide a fairly concise and accessible list of organisations that have direct linkages and affinity with the Farmer First Revisited initiative.

The Agricultural Communications Documentation Centre is a unique literature collection and documentation service housed within the College of Agricultural , Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The collection exceeds 27,000 documents at present on agriculture-related communication in more than 90 countries and is growing rapidly. All documents in the collection emphasise the human and social dimensions and not the physical or technical aspects. A keyword search on "farmer innovation", for example, provides an extensive list of useful documents.

AGRIDEA International
AGRIDEA is a resource and capacity-building organisation for professionals working in rural and agricultural development in Switzerland and around the world. While its main work is in Switzerland , the Team for International Cooperation has competence in rural development in international contexts. he team members have broad working experience in developing countries, countries in transition and other industrialised countries. The AGRIDEA International website brings information on their services and activities in development cooperation in Asia , Africa and Latin America (mainly in English); cooperation in eastern and south-eastern Europe (in English and German); and international activities in western Europe (mainly in German). AGRIDEA publishes the journal Rural Development News, which can be found on the website, alongside many other publications on concepts, approaches and methods of participatory development.

is the Knowledge Centre for Small-Scale Sustainable Agriculture based in Wageningen, The Netherlands. AGROMISA, set up in 1934, is connected to the Agricultural University of Wageningen and is divided into two parts: a resource information centre and a projects and programmes section. It has an on-line library, and produces the AgroDok series (plenty of practical, agricultural booklets downloadable in English and French), the AgroSpecial series and various educational materials for agriculture and animal husbandry in warm climates. There are links (through ‘best practices') to InterSard and InterDev, multi-agency projects in which AGROMISA is involved.

The "Campesino a Campesino" (peasant-to-peasant) movement, born in the late 1980s in Central America , is in itself an innovative concept that was developed among Nicaraguan farmers. The programme facilitates the organisation and interaction of smallholder farmers, so that they can learn from each other and exchange knowledge on their productive and social projects. It supports an environmentally and socially responsible agriculture. Its philosophy and work methodologies are nowadays being applied in all of Latin America . The website brings reports on the experiences in several countries, as well as a basic explanation on the project's guiding principles in Spanish.

The Centre for International Research and Advisory Networks, the IK unit of Nuffic (Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education), was responsible for maintaining this website from 1992 to 2004. Since then, its activities in the field of IK have been transferred to a consortium of southern organisations (see This website is not active anymore, but it contains back issues of Indigenous Knowledge and Development Monitor (1993–2001) and Indigenous Knowledge Worldwide (2002–04).

Community-Based Natural Resource Management Network
CBNRM Net provides networking tools to link practitioners, managers and researchers working on CBNRM, allowing them to exchange experiences, manage relevant knowledge and support learning across countries, sectors, cultures and languages. Attention is given to culture, local institutions, traditional knowledge, participation and participatory approaches, and NGOs and civil society, within an overall nation-state framework characterised by increasing weight on decentralisation, governance and transparency. As an integrated and adaptable tool for knowledge management, CBNRM Net serves the global CBNRM community of practice. Membership to the network is free of charge, but all members are expected to contribute to the website and electronic newsletter with information that can benefit others. The website can also be accessed in German, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Norwegian and is updated regularly.

After more than 20 years of training farmers in Asia , the FAO Programme for Integrated Pest Management in Rice (later known as the Community IPM Programme) ended in 2002. Support continues, however, for farmer empowerment, sustainable rural livelihoods and ecological agriculture through a new regional organisation called The Field Alliance. What began as a pest-control project became an umbrella for farmer-led experimentation, training, organising and advocacy in a range of production issues (pests, soils, seeds, water) and community health, rural education and farmers' rights. The vision, methods and expertise that drove the Community IPM Programme formed the basis for an independent foundation dedicated to the empowerment of Asian farmers. The last updates on Community IPM are in 2002 and The Field Alliance in 2003.

Comparing and Supporting Endogenous Development is an international network of 22 development organisations in 10 countries in Latin America , Asia , Africa and Europe committed to endogenous development in agriculture, health and NRM. The activities of the partner organisations are directed towards understanding the diversity of rural peoples' knowledge, encouraging local experimentation within farmers' worldviews, and organising intercultural dialogues on farmers' knowledge, indigenous learning and experimentation. The website, which is updated regularly, provides a selection of publications of network members, back issues of the COMPAS magazine and links to the websites/pages of the partner organisations. A selection of publications in Spanish, mainly from the Latin American partners, can be found in the Spanish section of the website.

CTA Knowledge for Development
is a portal of the website of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) that supports policy dialogue on science and technology for agricultural and rural development in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. It enables the ACP scientific community – agricultural research and development scientists and technologists, policymakers, farmers and other stakeholders and actors – to share and review results of national and regional efforts and to collaborate in harnessing science and technology for the development of agriculture in their countries. The dossiers on demanding innovation, participatory approaches, IK, financing ARD and IPR contain useful material related to farmers' involvement in agricultural research and development, including farmer innovation.

Food and Agricultural Research Management (FARM-Africa) is an international NGO that aims to reduce poverty through developing innovative approaches to NRM in Africa . Through its projects in Ethiopia , Kenya , South Africa , Tanzania and Uganda , it partners with marginal small-scale farmers and herders to improve the ways in which they use their land. Working with a wide range of rural communities, it focuses on three priority areas: pastoral development, community forest management, and smallholder development & land reform. The resources section of the website provides access to publications, case studies and audio/audiovisual material that document the experiences of FARM-Africa's programmes.

Farming Solutions
is a website coordinated by ILEIA (Centre for Information on Low-External-Input and Sustainable Agriculture), Oxfam, Greenpeace and Pesticide Action Network (PAN)-Africa, that brings examples of successful, environmentally-responsible farming systems to life from all over the world, illustrating how farmers can protect the environment while at the same time increasing food supply where it is most needed. The website offers the opportunity for real experts, the farmers themselves, to share their knowledge by submitting their stories to

The Global Forum on Agricultural Research is a multi-stakeholder initiative that contributes to eradicating poverty, achieving food security, and conserving and managing natural resources. It enhances national capacities to generate, adapt and transfer knowledge. Prolinnova is one of the GFAR's Global Partnership Programmes.

Honeybee Network
A global initiative to give voice to creative and innovative people at the grassroots, the Honeybee Network is run by SRISTI (Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions) in India . The Network has an online database of innovations, either based on traditional knowledge or of contemporary origin, primarily from India , but also from other countries. Honeybee believes that cross pollination of ideas by exchange of information across language and cultural boundaries may increase societal capacity to spur, spawn, stimulate and sustain grassroots innovations and provide resources for sustainable development. Therefore, it tries to connect innovators with each other through communicating and networking in local languages. Innovations can be submitted via the innovation registry form on the website and, after verification, will be added to the innovation database.

"Simple technologies, simply shared". A new collaborative library for practical knowledge. Howtopedia is a Swiss non-profit organisation, supported by Practical Action (ex. ITDG) and the International Network for Technical Information ( INTI ), that aims to establish a major collaborative platform for simple technologies, convinced that sharing low-tech know-how across borders and organisations is essential for an independent and self-sufficient form of sustainable development. This first phase is addressed to specialists and potential users in the field of appropriate technologies and development. You can participate in by editing and adding content and/or promoting the Howtopedia community among your networks.

GRAIN is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) that promotes the sustainable management and use of agricultural biodiversity based on people's control over genetic resources and local knowledge. The website can be accessed in English, French and Spanish. It contains all GRAIN's publications, including back issues of the quarterly magazine "Seedling". The section "Agricultural Research for whom?" has some interesting information on farmer-led agricultural research. The website has not been updated since mid 2005.

The International Development Research Centre is a Canadian public corporation that works in close collaboration with researchers from the developing world in their search for the means to build healthier, more equitable and more prosperous societies. The website provides extensive coverage on the research programmes and projects supported by IDRC, two areas of which are environment and NRM, and innovation, policy and science. All of IDRC's publications can be downloaded free of charge from the website. The site can be accessed in English or French.

The International Fund for Agricultural Development is a specialised agency of the United Nations that was established as an international financial institution in 1977 as one of the major outcomes of the 1974 World Food Conference. IFAD was created to combat hunger and rural poverty in developing countries. Working with rural poor people, governments, donors, NGOs and many other partners, IFAD focuses on country-specific solutions, which can involve increasing rural poor peoples' access to financial services, markets, technology, land and other natural resources. The website provides access to IFAD's rural poverty knowledgebase which has an extensive collection of reports, papers, notes and audiovisuals from IFAD projects and programmes on topics such as gender, sustainable livelihoods, livestock and rangelands etc. The website is active and updated regularly.

IIED Natural Resources Programme
The natural resources work of the International Institute for Environment and Development comes under three programmes: 1) Drylands; 2) Sustainable Agriculture, Biodiversity and Livelihoods; and 3) Forestry and Land Use. The aim is to promote rural development based on sustainable agricultural and land management practices, strong rural organisations and social enterprises, and dynamic rural economies. The NR work seeks to identify the policies and practices needed to foster forms of rural economic growth that are socially inclusive and that protect diversity. The website is the entry point for a very complete set of information where documents are available in PDF downloadable format. It is also the gateway to the "Power Tools" website which introduces a range of "how-to" ideas that marginalised people and their allies can use to have greater influence on natural resources policy. For information in French on IIED's work in West Africa , see IIED Sahel Programme

ILAC - Institutional Learning and Change Initiative
ILAC Initiative is an evolving community of individuals committed to increasing the contributions of agricultural research to sustainable poverty reduction. ILAC aims to identify, support and draw lessons from collaborative pro-poor agricultural innovation programmes, as well as develop the capacity of collaborative programmes for pro-poor agricultural innovation and facilitate knowledge sharing within the emerging community of rural innovation professionals.

The International Livestock Research Institute seeks to better lives through livestock. Its research theme "Enabling Innovation" focuses on i) the organisational, institutional and policy context that govern knowledge production and use processes, ii) new patterns of partnership and the evolving roles of public, private and civil society sectors, and iii) the elucidation of the generic principles that have relevance to the promotion of livestock-related innovation and pro-poor innovation capacity to ensure that ILRI's research contributes to a wider capability to innovate, and offers new options and insights into ways of making more effective use of livestock science and technology for poverty reduction. The operating projects, research highlights and publications under this theme are found on the website.

The International Service for National Agricultural Research is a programme under the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), one of the 15 Future Harvest Centres supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). ISNAR seeks to contribute to the generation and use of knowledge that fosters sustainable and equitable agricultural development. ISNAR's mission is to help bring about innovation in agricultural research institutions in developing countries to increase the contribution of research to agricultural development for the poor. ISNAR identifies and advances new arrangements that promote more effective generation of new knowledge. One of its research themes is Knowledge Systems and Innovation, which includes the programme on Institutional Change in Agricultural Knowledge Systems. Information about this on the website is currently still sparse.

Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research is an environmental research organisation in New Zealand that specialises in sustainable management of land resources to optimise primary production, enhance biodiversity, increase the resource efficiency of businesses, and conserve and restore the natural assets of communities. The website provides information, frameworks and processes that can be used by those wishing to engage different stakeholders more effectively in research and development. Numerous on-line papers and reports are available. Topics covered include: stakeholder participation and partnerships, organisational learning, group processes, and inclusion of local knowledge and values. This independent Crown Research Institute, founded in 1992, focuses exclusively on environmental research in New Zealand . The site, however, is up-to-date and nformative.

LEISA is the website of ILEIA (Centre for Information on Low-External-Input and Sustainable Agriculture), an independent organisation that seeks to contribute to alleviating poverty by promoting agro-ecological approaches. Documentation, analysis and publication of successful experiences in low-external input and sustainable agriculture (LEISA) are the major activities. The website provides access to large, searchable databases on LEISA and PTD. Directly available for viewing and downloading are some articles from 1994–96 issues of the ILEIA Newsletter (now called LEISA Magazine) and the complete magazines from 1997 onwards.

Overseas Development Institute
ODI's Rural Policy and Governance Group's major programmes on tourism, forest policy and environment, water, and protected livelihoods and agricultural growth carry out policy research, aiming to inform and inspire national and international debates on rural poverty reduction and sustainable development.

The Participatory Ecological Land-Use Management Association is a network of civil society organisations working with local communities in sustainable agriculture and NRM in nine countries in Eastern and Southern Africa : Botswana , Kenya , Lesotho , Malawi , South Africa , Tanzania , Uganda , Zambia and Zimbabwe . Partners came together to forge a strategic alliance and to combine efforts, approaches and experiences so as to build the partners' capacities in training and advocacy and in order to become more effective in influencing how development takes place. In 2003–06, PELUM-Zambia is operating a project together with Agromisa Foundation , Netherlands , to strengthen how farmers access, share and manage knowledge. However, the website does not appear to be maintained.

People, Land Management and Environmental Change is a programme that aims to develop sustainable and participatory approaches to conservation, especially of biodiversity, within smallholder systems, together with the farmers. It is a collaborative effort among scientists across the developing world. The project has been developed, since 1993, by the United Nations University (UNU), and presently is a GEF-funded initiative. It is executed by UNU through a network of locally-based clusters in West Africa ( Ghana and Guinea ), East Africa ( Kenya , Tanzania and Uganda ), Asia-Pacific ( China , Thailand and Papua New Guinea ) and America ( Brazil , Peru , Mexico and Jamaica ). Scientists from Australia , Japan , USA and UK are also involved. PLEC publishes a newsletter, also available at the website, and coordinates PLECserv, a free electronic list, which aims to inform the scientific and professional community concerned with rural development and conservation in smallholder farming in the developing world, by calling attention to recent publications, new research methodology and developments in agricultural biodiversity, in the study of farmer innovation and farmers' technical knowledge, and in development practice and thinking generally.

Practical Action
Formerly the Intermediate Technology Development Group (ITDG) – Practical Action aims to demonstrate and advocate the sustainable use of technology to reduce poverty in developing countries. It is a charity, founded in 1966 and registered in the UK , which works in Latin America , Eastern and Southern Africa , and South Asia , with particular concentration on Peru , Kenya , Sudan , Zimbabwe , Sri Lanka , Bangladesh and Nepal . It is committed to poverty reduction, environmental conservation and technology choice. Many of Practical Action's projects take a PID approach integrated within community-led development. The experiences of these projects, written in a simple and appealing way, can be read on the website. The "People Stories" are especially interesting.

Participatory Research and Gender Analysis is a system-wide CGIAR initiative to assess and develop methods and organisational approaches for gender-sensitive participatory research and to promote their use in plant breeding and in managing crops and natural resources. The website brings a selection of CGIAR publications on plant breeding, NRM, gender and stakeholder analysis, impact assessment, and mainstreaming PRGA.

Prolinnova is an NGO-initiated global learning network for “Promoting local innovation in ecologically-oriented agriculture and natural resource management”. It gives recognition to the dynamics of indigenous knowledge (IK). It seeks to enhance local people's capacities to develop their own site-appropriate systems, technologies and institutions of resource management and thus to adapt more quickly to change. Prolinnova builds on and scales up a farmer-led approach to development that starts with finding out how farmers themselves experiment and innovate. This is the entry point into participatory innovation development (PID), integrating IK and formal scientific knowledge. The network currently comprises 16 Country Programmes in Africa , Asia and Latin America , each involving several state and non-state actors concerned with agriculture and NRM. Their aim is to integrate farmer-led PID approaches into research, extension and education institutions in their respective countries.

Research Into Use (RIU) Programme
The Research Into Use (RIU) programme aims to improve access to knowledge and technology for poor people whose livelihoods depend on natural resources. It seeks to stimulate innovation systems – the processes by which knowledge generated by formal and informal research is put to practical use by large numbers of people. This involves strengthening the capacity of poor users to articulate demand, and developing the information markets that serve them, as well as exploring innovative ways in which to supply information. RIU has the twin aims of maximising the impact of previous research on natural resources and, in doing so, to increase our understanding of how knowledge contributes to innovation. The website describes the mechanisms that are set up to address these aims and the routes for practical partnerships. It also gives access to resources, discussion groups and much else.

Rural Innovation Systems portal
This information portal provides access to free, full-text electronic documents on Rural Innovation Systems (RIS), both as an analytical
concept and a development tool. It is also a unique entry point for all other Internet sources on RIS, including newsletters, discussion groups, websites, bibliographic databases, and directories of organizations and projects.

Users' Perspectives With Agricultural Research and Development (UPWARD) is an Asian network of scientists and development specialists working to increase participation by farmers and other users of agricultural technology in research and development. UPWARD seeks to link users and research and development professionals for more effective agricultural innovation; bring sustained benefits to less favoured farming areas and marginalised groups, especially women; and work with households and local communities as key actors in research and learning activities. The UPWARD website provides news and information resources on participatory research and development and innovations for sustainable root-crop livelihoods. The website is active and up-to-date.

The World Intellectual Property Organisation's page on Traditional Knowledge provides a forum for international policy debate concerning the interplay between intellectual property (IP) and traditional knowledge, genetic resources and folklore. It is developing draft legal mechanisms and a range of practical tools aimed at enhancing the IP interests of the holders of such knowledge, resources and expressions. The website provides access to publications, case studies and other documents related to the topic. The French and Spanish versions of the website are being updated currently and will be launched soon.

Web-based Information System for Agricultural Research for Development is a public-domain information platform that focuses on projects, organisations, outputs and technologies in the field of agricultural research and rural development (ARD) and NRM. It addresses questions related to ‘Who is doing what where?' with a search interface developed in cooperation with a broad group of users. It makes it possible to identify: a) projects that are or have been conducted around the world in ARD; b) institutions focused on the same area of research; c) persons who may provide expertise to your project; and d) project/organisational outputs that contain relevant research information.

World Bank IK Program
The IK Initiative seeks to help World Bank partners learn more about local knowledge and technology, so that they can better adapt global knowledge to local conditions. The website opens a gateway to numerous sources on IK, including IK Notes, IK Packs, IK Video and IK Marketplace. The programme aims to facilitate dialogue between local communities, NGOs, governments, donors, civil society and the private sector, with the ultimate objectives of helping to mainstream IK into the activities of development partners and optimising the benefits of development aid, especially to the poor. The website is active and updated regularly.

World Neighbors
World Neighbours is an international development organisation that works with some of the most remote and marginalised communities in ecologically fragile areas of Asia , Africa and Latin America . It supports the transformation of communities by helping people address hunger, poverty, disease and other challenges that undermine their livelihoods, and by inspiring lasting leadership and collective action for change. Most programmes begin using locally available resources and simple, low-cost technologies. As people gain skills and confidence, local leaders and organisations emerge to carry on the work, multiply results and participate in coalitions advocating for wider change. World Neighbors (WN) programmes integrate food security, farming, literacy, community and reproductive health, water and sanitation, environmental conservation, savings and credit, non-formal education and income-generation activities. Information on WN methodologies, experiences and publications are available on the website.


ARD Regional Forums

FARA - Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa
FARA is the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, an umbrella organization bringing together and forming coalitions of major stakeholders in agricultural research and development in Africa.

AARINENA - Association of Agricultural Research Institutions in the Near East and North Africa
The Association of Agricultural Research Institutions in the Near East and North Africa (AARINENA) was established in 1985 to strengthen cooperation among national, regional and international research institutions and centres through the dissemination and exchange of information, experiences and research results.

APAARI - Asia Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
"Agricultural Research for Development (ARD) in the Asia-Pacific region is effectively promoted and facilitated through novel partnerships among NARS and other related organizations so that it contributes to sustainable improvements in the productivity of agricultural systems and to the quality of the natural resource base that underpins agriculture, thereby enhancing food and nutrition security, economic and social well being of communities and the integrity of the environment and services it provides".

FORAGRO - Forum for the Americas on Agricultural Research and Technology Development
Dialogue and Articulation for Regional Agricultural Research and Technological Development

EFARD - European Forum on Agricultural Research and Development
EARD-InfoSys+ was initiated by the European Initiative for Agricultural Research for Development (EIARD) which serves as a mechanism that enables better coherence between relevant policies in ARD within the European Member States (incl. Norway, Switzerland).

NAFAR - North American Regional Forum on Agricultural Research
NAFAR is the North American Regional Forum on Agricultural Research. It is a part of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR).

CGIAR and CG Centers

The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is a strategic alliance of members, partners and international agricultural centers that mobilizes science to benefit the poor.

Africa Rice Center (WARDA)

Bioversity International
(was IPGRI)

CIAT - Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical

CIFOR - Center for International Forestry Research

CIMMYT - Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maiz y Trigo

CIP - Centro Internacional de la Papa

ICARDA - International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas

ICRISAT - International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics

IFPRI - International Food Policy Research Institute

IITA - International Institute of Tropical Agriculture

ILRI - International Livestock Research Institute

IRRI - International Rice Research Institute

IWMI - International Water Management Institute

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

WorldFish Center

Rice-Wheat Consortium
The RWC is a CGIAR initiative and has its origin in many years of collaborative research between CIMMYT, IRRI and the national research centers for rice and wheat in South Asia.


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information.

Agricultural Information Management Standards website
A FAO initiative to harmonize the decentralized efforts currently taking place in the development of methodologies, standards and applications for management of agricultural information systems; consequently, providing a 'one-stop' access to system designers and implementers.

FAO Research and Extension Portal
This Portal provides a gateway to sound information on research, technology, extension and their linkages in order to enable decision-makers, research institutes, extension services and regulatory bodies, to make informed decisions.

ARD Information Services Regional Agricultural Information Systems (RAIS)


The European Information System on Agricultural Research for Development (ARD)

This site enables you to participate in developing the African agricultural information system. It is linked with each of the FARA subregional organizations.

AARINENA, in co-operation with the Global Forum for Agricultural Research (GFAR) and the countries of the region, is establishing and developing a Regional Agricultural Information System (RAIS) for the WANA Region.

Scientific and Technological Information System for the Agricultural Sector in the Americas

APARIS (under the APAARI website)
Asia Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions

The Regional Agricultural Information System (RAIS) for the Central Asia and Caucasus ( CAC )

AgroWeb CAC
AgroWeb Central Asia and Caucasus, a part of the AgroWeb Network is an interactive portal for agriculture information and knowledge sharing on rural and agricultural development and integration to the world agricultural community.

AgroWeb SEE
AgroWeb South Eastern Europe

News & Resources

Farmer First Revisited: Some Reflections on the Future of the CGIAR
Ian Scoones, John Thompson and Robert Chambers

STEPS Centre Agriculture Work

STEPS agriculture project:

STEPS Working Paper 4: Agri-Food System Dynamics: pathways to sustainability in an era of uncertainty

Meetings Series at ODI
Future Agricultures: From broad themes to practical policy
This recently completed series of meetings, hosted by ODI, presented the results of Future Agricultures Consortium work.


Future Agricultures
STEPS Centre