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Youth in Agriculture - is the tide turning?
I heard an interesting interview yesterday on Radio Australia’s “Bush Telegraph” programme. After years of declining enrolments in agriculture courses at university level in the last 2 years enrolments are rising in Australian Universities– between 15 – 20 per cent this year! There is an interview with a young ag student and it was very interesting to hear his motivations – something for us...
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Why does the transfer of Agriculture Technology by Line Ministries fail so regularly?
A much over-looked reality of rural development initiatives anywhere is that when technical changes (such as attempts to improve crop yields) are introduced, to be successful and sustainable, they  must be preceded by comprehensive community engagement intended to ensure those communities are prepared, enthusiastic and able to take up those technologies.  How many apparently sound...
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Agriculture, Gender, and the Rural-Urban continuum
Sourcing affordable, nutritious food for their family in urban areas is one of the multiplicity of agriculture-related challenges poor women face in the Pacific Island countries.  Growing their own food, and occasionally a little surplus for sale or barter, is a common practice for many urban women.  The Rural-Urban continuum is significant in many communities especially because of...
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Important change to IFADAsia permissions levels
Today we have made an important change to the permissions level in IFADAsia - instead of it being a closed, private site, by default all content will now be visible to be read by anyone visiting sites within the network, without the need to first register and log in. This is in response to many of our members, who have told us that the barrier of a registration and log in page was putting...
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6th Knowledge and Learning Market: Value chains demystified
   Levelling off the participants of the 6th Knowledge and Learning Market of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) was the session on demystifying value chains towards a market-driven IFAD impact pathway. Majority of the KLM6 participants were the implementers of IFAD-funded grant and investment programs with the government of the Philippines.  ...
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