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IFPRI and ICAAP launch comprehensive agriculture portal

08 June 2012

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A new knowledge management portal supported by IFPRI, ICAAP and Tamil Nadu Agricultural University offers data and best practices to better agri-productivity and increase farm incomes of small and marginal farmers in India through improved extension services.

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), in partnership with the e-Extension Centre of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), recently launched the Advancing Agricultural Practice portal for the ICICI Knowledge Park (IKP) Centre for Advancement in Agricultural Practice (ICAAP) in Chennai.

The portal has been designed to respond to the information needs of local knowledge intermediaries such as research scientists, extension professionals, farmers associations, NGO staff, and agricultural entrepreneurs.

The portal provides information that will benefit both small and marginal farmers directly through improved extension services, and indirectly through the improved use of information by intermediary organisations.

It aims to improve agricultural productivity and farm income for smallholder farmers across India through improvements in agricultural practice. The portal is gateway for knowledge and best practices from the CGIAR (a global research partnership for a food secure future), other international agricultural research centers, and national agricultural research institutes.

At present, the portal provides data on rice, pulses (black gram gram and green gram), sugarcane, banana, and coconut in the delta region of Tamil Nadu (Thanjavur and Tiruvarur districts). Data on major commodities such as wheat, cotton, groundnut, tapioca, turmeric, mango, and maize; on fodder crops; and on animal husbandry topics such as cattle, buffalo, goat, sheep, and poultry farming; as well as tribal agriculture will also be made available next year.

The portal features success stories and case studies highlighting farmers’ best practices and experiences that can be emulated by other farmers.

 “The information provided will help farmers to adopt best practices so they can increase their yields and incomes, and improve their livelihoods,” explained Kwadwo Asenso-Okyere, director of IFPRI’s Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office.

C. V. Krishnan, president of the Institute of Financial Management and Research described the portal as a “one-stop source of information from inputs to credit, markets, and prices.”

“We are trying to bridge the gap. And increasing the use of Information and Communication Technology(ICT) in reaching out to the farmers will be effective in providing knowledge and information and thus a useful tool to support extension,” said E. Vadivel, project officer at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University.

To visit the portal click here 

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