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From "best practice" to "best fit": A framework for designing and analyzing pluralistic agricultural advisory services worldwide

The paper develops a framework for the design and analysis of pluralistic agricultural advisory services and reviews research methods from different disciplines that can be used when applying the framework. Agricultural advisory services are defined…

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Building an agricultural research for development system in Africa

"This paper discusses how impact-oriented agricultural research for development systems in Africa can be better organized and managed. Specifically, the paper puts forth the argument that achieving the development targets set by African leaders and…

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Las fundaciones produce a diez anos de su creación

""El presente reporte tiene como objetivo principal identificar dinámicas institucionales que permitan aumentar la efectividad de las políticas científicas, tecnológicas y de innovación agrícolas en países en desarrollo. La gran mayoría de los…

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Innovación en el cultivo de quinua en Bolivia

This report analyzes the relationship between the adoption of innovation packages in quinoa cultivation and absorptive capabilities in resource poor farming communities in four micro-regions of the Bolivian Altiplano. The innovation packages studied…

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Seeking a common path

This paper analyzes an ongoing effort by national, regional, and international partners to raise awareness, promote dialogue, and catalyze consensus-building mechanisms among stakeholder groups on the role of biotechnology in agricultural development…

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On the uneven distribution of innovative capabilities and why that matters for research, extension and development policies

Agricultural development policies and programs, including extension and support for innovation, implicitly assume that the whole target population has the ability to innovate. Recent research in neuroscience, education, social sciences and psychology…

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Capacity development as a research domain

""Strengthening national capacity for designing public policies and program interventions is fundamental for achieving development goals. Yet results of capacity strengthening programs have shown mixed results in the last fifty years. Capacity…

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Estado de la innovación en el sector agroalimentario de Nicaragua

This pre-study on the “Status of Innovation in Nicaragua’s Agrifood Sector: Opportunities for Subsector Development” contributes to the existing information on agricultural innovation in Nicaragua. It thus aims to broaden the knowledge base for…

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