Allied Organisations

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO):
FAO’s office of knowledge exchange, Research and Extension has a Research and Extension Branch. It supports the organization and management of national agricultural research systems to strengthen their abilities to generate, adapt and transfer appropriate technologies; provides assessment, policy advice and assistance to reorienting extension services toward creating pluralistic, demand-led and market orientated systems, new financing mechanisms, the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), and monitoring and evaluation; and facilitate and promote FAO’s participation in international initiatives and efforts in agricultural research and extension.


Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services (MEAS):
The objective for MEAS is to define and disseminate good practice strategies and approaches to establishing efficient, effective and financially sustainable rural extension and advisory service systems in selected countries. It is implemented by a University of Illinois Consortium and it has three components.Training-disseminating modern approaches to extension through user- friendly training materials and good practice notes and good training programs that promote new strategies and approaches to rural extension & advisory service delivery.Research-Analyzing and documenting lessons learned and good practice through success stories, case studies,evaluations, pilot projects and action research. Advisory services- designing modern extension, information, and advisory services projects, programs, and institutions in the public and private


Wageningen University:
What was founded in 1964 as ‘Extension Science’ has grown into Communication Science, consisting of two groups: the Communication and Innovation Studies Group and the Communication Strategies Group. The Communication and Innovation Studies Group analyses communication within and between knowledge and policy networks, to gain a better understanding of innovation and policy processes.The Communication Strategies Group studies the way people communicate in order to accomplish goals.


Royal Tropical Institute(KIT):
The Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam is an independent centre of knowledge and expertise in the areas of international and intercultural cooperation, operating at the interface between theory and practice and between policy and implementation.KIT aims to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable producers in developing countries and supports, among others, through policy advice, capacity development, workshops and training courses. Some of its key research themes include Rural decentralisation and local governance, sustainable markets and value chains; agricultural services for rural development, Gender and ICTs


SAARC Agriculture Centre (SAC):
SAARC Agricultural Centre: Located at the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC) complex, Dhaka, Bangladesh, the SAARC Agriculture Center is the first regional centre of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). Its goal is to promote agricultural Research and Development (R&D) as well as technology dissemination initiatives for sustainable agricultural development and poverty reduction in the Region. It has organised several consultations on strengthening agricultural extension services in South Asian countries.


Centre for Research on Innovation and Science Policy( CRISP):
The major objective of CRISP is in understanding the process of agricultural and rural innovation by exploring the innovation process through action research, case studies and mentoring organizations and networks involved in experimenting with new approaches for promoting rural innovation. CRISP has also been actively involved in lesson learning, capacity strengthening, organizing policy dialogues and promoting new perspectives on rural innovation through policy-relevant publications. Extension and Advisory Services is an important theme of CRISP.


CCAFS South Asia :
Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) is a 10-year research initiative of the CGIAR and and the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP). CCAFS seeks to overcome the threats to agriculture and food security in a changing climate, exploring new ways of helping vulnerable rural communities adjust to global changes in climate. It has four interlinked research themes, namely, adaptation to progressive climate change, adaptation through managing climate risk, pro-poor climate change mitigation and integration for decision making. For more details on its programmes in South Asia,


LIRNEasia is a regional information and communication technology (ICT) policy and regulation think tank active across the Asia Pacific. LIRNEasia’s research in agriculture explores the following broad thematic areas: Information and knowledge gaps in agricultural value chains; Inclusive strategies for greater integration of smallholders into global value chains and the effects of the constrained allocative domains of smallholders on their incentives for achieving higher productivity.


AIT Extension:
AIT Extension based at Thailand offers continuing professional education, short-course training and consultancy services. It provides a broad array of capacity building programs and services and its short courses on Sustainable Land Management and Extension Techniques, Sustainable Livelihoods, Value Chain Management in Agricultural Marketing, Gender and Development etc would be of interest to extension professionals in the region. They also provide services for organization of conferences, seminars and workshops.


It is regional alliance of national federations and organizations of small scale women and men farmers and producers. Based at Philippines, its mission is to create a forum where Asian small farmers can lobby for farmers’ rights and development, genuine agrarian reform, and main- streaming sustainable agriculture in regional and national policies and programs. AFA invites national farmers’ organizations as members and works with NGOs in facilitating the formation of national farmers’ organizations and in continuously building their capacities.


Access Agriculture:
Access Agriculture is an international NGO which showcases agricultural training videos in local languages. The video & audio tracks can also be downloaded by farmers, extension professionals, radio stations etc. This is a platform for agricultural R&D staff, service providers, extension agents, communication professionals and representatives of farmer organisations to see what training videos are available and request new language versions. The videos are all designed to support sustainable agriculture in developing countries. For maximum impact in improving opportunities for farmers explore Access Agriculture.


The Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP), Bangladesh.   
CIRDAP is a regional, intergovernmental and autonomous organisation. Its 15 member countries include, Afghanistan, Bangladesh (Host State), Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iran, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. It promote research and organises training programmes on various aspects of Integrated Rural Development (IRD) in the region. It also serves as a clearing house and data bank for information on IRD in the region and promote the dissemination of information through publications.
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