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Ensuring the full participation of family farmers in agricultural innovation systems

Summary Document for the FAO e-mail conference on "Ensuring the full participation of family farmers in agricultural innovation systems: Key issues and case studies" that took place from 4 June to 1 July 2012. The 12-page summary document (26/07/2012) is entitled "An FAO e-mail conference on agricultural innovation systems and family farming: The moderator's summary" and contains the following:
  • Executive Summary
  • Section 1, provides the background to the conference (why it was held and the process leading up to it)
  • Section 2, presents the moderator's summary of the main issues that were discussed during the conference.
  • Section 3, gives a brief analysis of participation in the conference.
  • Section 4, contains references, abbreviations and acknowledgments
The nine main issues summarized in Section 2 are farmer innovations (Section 2.1); farmer organizations (2.2); access to market (2.3); research and extension (2.4); risk associated with innovation (2.5); women farmers (2.6); youth (2.7); ICTs (2.8) and innovation brokers (2.9). Click download to access the document.  Comments can still be sent to John Ruane Research and Extension Branch, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) AIS@fao.org or john.ruane@fao.org