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Agricultural research and technology transfer for food production : what strategies are appropriate?

Collection:
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center (ACDC)
Contributor:
Oyer, Edwin B. (main author)
Format:
Book chapter
Publication Date:
1984
Published:
USA
Location:
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, Funk Library, University of Illinois Box: 95
Subject Term:
agricultural research, developing nations, international programs, national programs, technology transfer
Notes:
INTERPAKS, In: M. Drosdoff, ed. World food issues, 2nd ed. Ithaca, NY: Center for the Analysis of World Food Issues, Program in International Agriculture, Cornell University, 1984. p. 65-71., Discusses factors and strategies necessary in developing countries to increase food production by agricultural research and technology transfer. Notes that factors affecting these issues include: (1) available physical and biological resources as they promote or constrain food production (2) the milieu for the initiation, development, testing, and delivery of new and improved technology appropriate to a given environment (local research and extension institutions); (3) government policies relative to incentives for farmers to produce more food; and, (4) existence of regional and international institutions to facilitate the generation and transfer of technology. Strategies identified as appropriate to the transfer of technology are: (1) the indigenous capability to understand the technology to be transferred; (2) adequately trained extension agents; (3) availability of researchers to modify the technology to fit local conditions; (4) ability to generate technology in situ; and (5) on-going farmer training.