Knowledge for Development

IAASTD - International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development

Author: Beverly D. McIntyre

Co-Author: Hans R. Herren, Judi Wakhungu , Robert T. Watson

Date: 21/04/2009

Introduction:

The objective of the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) was to assess the impacts of past, present and future agricultural knowledge, science and technology (AKST) on the: reduction of hunger and poverty; improvement of rural livelihoods and human health; and, equitable, socially, environmentally and economically sustainable development.


 

An overview of 22 key findings is presented followed by a set of global challenges. The IAASTD exercise and reports will enable decision makers to bring a richer base of knowledge to bear on policy and management decisions on issues previously viewed in isolation. Knowledge gained from historical analysis (typically the past 50 years) and an analysis of some future development alternatives to 2050 form the basis for assessing options for action on science and technology, capacity development, institutions and policies, and investments. The reports draw on the work of hundreds of experts from all regions of the world who have participated in the preparation and peer review process. (Source: IAASTD, International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development)

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2009
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