Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Rome, (2020)Prepared by Magdalena Blum, Francesca Cofini and Rasheed Sulaiman V The purposes of the modules are to review the major reforms being considered internationally – reforms that aim to change the policy and institutional structure and operations of public sector agricultural extension systems, and thus enhance

ICTs are being increasingly used for Knowledge Management (KM) nowadays. In spite of this, rapid deployment of ICTs for KM is a major challenge. This research explored the challenges in using ICT for KM using the case of “agropedia” – an ICT mediated knowledge management platform for Indian agriculture. KM is no more a technical


This research undertaken for the Research Into Use (RIU) programme used the contemporary understanding of communication and innovation in reviewing the experience of ICTs in putting new knowledge into use in South Asia. The findings from this research suggest that ICTs in general have not contributed effectively to the challenge of putting new knowledge into


CRISP undertook this study for the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). There has been a lot of interest during the last two decades in employing Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for achieving development. While many of these initiatives have benefited rural women by way of access to new information and new employment opportunities, women

Reaching Rural Women

This research was undertaken for the Sustainable Resilient Farming Systems Intensification (SRFSI) project.   The diagnosis of the agricultural innovation systems (AIS) in the 8 pilot districts revealed the presence of a wide range of actors who can potentially support outscaling (horizontal spread of new knowledge being applied) and upscaling (institutional and policy changes that create

This study undertaken in collaboration with the Glasgow Caledonian University was commissioned by the MEAS (Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services) Programme. This study was based on a meta-comparison of existing extension engagement methods and its evidence of impact on women. Five case studies were conducted in India to provide evidence of some of the extension

CRISP in partnership with the Glasgow Caledonian University recently completed a scoping study for WHEAT‐CRP on “Integration of Gender and Social Equity in R4Don Wheat-Based Systems in South Asia” for CIMMYT (International Centre for Wheat and Maize). The key research questions explored by the scoping study were as follows. How are gender and social equity

Rural Advisory Services (RAS) can help women and men farmers to increase their yields, connect with markets, and take advantage of agripreneurship opportunities. Yet, globally, women have less access to RAS than men, and the information, technologies and services provided tend to be less relevant to the needs of female farmers. CRISP recently conducted a

Sustainability of Punjab agriculture is critical for India’s food security. Although the production and productivity of paddy and wheat have gone up in this region over the last four decades, this has created an environmental crisis in Punjab. The state had to intervene to arrest the declining soil health and conserve water. The government of

This study was undertaken in the Indo-Gangetic Plains in South Asia covering India, Bangladesh and Nepal. This study funded by the Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security CCAFS) programme of CGIAR focused on understanding the local innovation processes in relation to different types of risks and vulnerabilities primarily associated with climate change. The study was