SATNET Blog

12 Dec 2013

Ms. Annet Witteveen, Head, Food Security and Livelihood Unit, Concern Universal, Bangladesh, described the project implemented by her organization to improve sustainable smallholder production in India’s north-east border state of Assam and in Jamalpur district in north Bangladesh. 

12 Dec 2013

In his presentation, Mr. Philip Charlesworth, Agricultural Program Director, iDE Cambodia, outlined challenges before small farmers in Cambodia who lack adequate access to agricultural inputs, irrigation, agronomic know-how and market information. iDE Cambodia is addressing these gaps through a commercially viable model focused on delivering quality agricultural inputs and know-how to smallholders.

12 Dec 2013

In her presentation, Ms. Sonali Bisht, Institute of Himalayan Environmental Research & Education (INHERE), Almora, Uttarakhand, India, noted that geography and a difficult environment limit the agricultural livelihood choices available in the Himalayan region with mostly rain-fed cropping possible on terrace farms. Natural disasters, especially flash floods from cloud-bursts as well as droughts are also major challenges. 

12 Dec 2013

Explaining the challenges to strengthening agricultural research-extension linkages in Malaysia, Mr. Tapsir Serin, Deputy Director, Economic and Technology Management Research Center, Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) said national research-extension policies aim to advance agriculture in step with other sectors of the economy in order to realize the vision of making Malaysia a developed country by 2020. “In our point of view, to meet our goal, agriculture needs to move together with other sectors.” 

12 Dec 2013

Outlining the challenges facing agricultural research-extension system linkages in Indonesia, Dr. Agung Hendriadi, Director, Indonesian Center for Agricultural Technology Assessment and Development (ICATAD), Ministry of Agriculture, said Indonesian farmers need technology and innovation to respond to changing food consumption patterns with consumers demanding quality food. “While the Human Development Index (HDI) has been increasing, challenges in agriculture sector are also increasing because the food consumption pattern is changing and consumers are also demanding quality foods”