SATNET Blog

11 Feb 2015

In her presentation during the session “Good practices in agricultural technology transfer through participatory and community-based approaches”, Ms. Chantheang Tong, Senior Program Officer, Cambodian Centre for Study and Development of Agriculture (CEDAC), shared the CEDAC experience in promoting the system of rice intensification (SRI) in Cambodia. Approximately 70 per cent of the country’s population depends mainly on agriculture for a livelihood and 60 per cent are rice farmers. A major constraint to improving rice productivity is that 80 per cent of rice farms are rain-fed. Moreover, the average rice farming household has 1.2 ha of land, although 48 per cent of farm households own less than 1 ha. The average rice yield of 3.3 tons per hectare is less than the potential.

11 Feb 2015

In a presentation during the Policy Dialogue session “Good practices in agricultural technology transfer for climate resilient food production technologies”, Mr. Eklavya Prasad of India’s civil society initiative, Megh Pyne Abhiyan (MPA) or Cloud Water Campaign, explained the innovative sanitation technology it is promoting in five flood-prone northern districts of the country’s Bihar State. The initiative uses the flood-resilient and eco-friendly toilet Phaydemand Shauchalay (PS) which produces humuanure from human excreta to improve agricultural productivity and food security of small and marginal farmers. 

10 Feb 2015

In a presentation to the Policy Dialogue, Mr. Yap Thoeurn of the Cambodian Farmers Association Federation of Agricultural Producers (CFAP Cambodia) shared his organization’s experience with technology transfer for promoting sustainable agriculture development. CFAP Cambodia has 19 farmer cooperatives and associations from 5 of Cambodia’s 24 provinces as members. 

10 Feb 2015

The opening presentation by Dr. Katinka Weinberger, Director of CAPSA set the context for the substantive discussion to take place during the 10-11 February SATNET Policy Dialogue on the Role of Technology Transfer in Agriculture for Sustainable Development Outcomes. It focused on the challenges and opportunities for sustainable agriculture as well as the role of science, technology and innovation in promoting sustainable agricultural production.

10 Feb 2015

The number of food-insecure people in the world, presently estimated at about 800 million, is expected to grow with the global population projected to reach about 10 billion by 2050. The challenge of food insecurity has to be seen in the context of 1.3 billion tons of food being wasted every year due to inefficient post-harvest processes and supply chains, climate change impacts on agricultural productivity and diversion of agricultural land for cultivation of fuel crops, said Dr. Haryono, Director General of the Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development (IAARD) in his statement to the CAPSA Policy Dialogue, delivered by IAARD Secretary General Dr. Agung Hendriadi.