Monday, August 20, 2012

More support for agricultural research communication

Agricultural researchers in developing countries have identified institutional barriers and a lack of support  as frustrating their efforts to communicate their research to non experts. This is according to a survey published in the current issue of Agricultural Information Worldwide whose results will  be presented at the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) in Uruguay this October. Some 80 per cent of respondents in all regions considered "contributing to alleviating hunger and poverty" to be a key driving factor for communication and 85 per cent of respondents cited a perceived lack of institutional support and resources as the biggest impediment to communication.The report was produced by the global agricultural research partnership CGIAR, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), on behalf of the Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development (CIARD).

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