Growing Ideas: Projects Work to Spread Agricultural Innovations

Growing Ideas: Projects Work to Spread Agricultural Innovations
From, by Emily Nink

Many farmers and research organizations around the world are working to create innovative solutions to agricultural problems. However, disseminating innovations and best practices to reach the farmers that need them the most can be a daunting challenge. But there are several organizations pushing the boundaries of conventional extension services and turning to new methods of spreading good ideas.

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (SANREM) is based at Virginia Tech University and supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Through consortiums led by colleges and universities in the United States, the knowledgebase uses a participatory model to engage stakeholders in forming questions for future research and identifying priorities. 

Another project, Scientific Animations Without Borders, uses animated videos to reach farmers in both developed and developing countries and improve access to critical agricultural knowledge. Based at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the project creates videos covering topics from yellow fever prevention to soil quality testing. 

Read more about SANREM and Scientific Animations Without Borders HERE.

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