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Project Title:

A Study of Technologies to Benefit Farmers in Africa and South Asia
PIN: BANR-O-06-04-A        

Major Unit:

Division on Earth and Life Studies

Sub Unit: Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources

RSO: Schoen, Robin

Subject/Focus Area:

Project Scope
A multinational, multidisciplinary committee will study the potential for new scientific information and technological tools to assist farmers in Africa and South Asia in the production of food and fiber. The study will consider the potential impacts of existing and nascent technologies and explore novel, possibly far-reaching, solutions to problems facing developing country farmers, including research pursuits that are only in a conceptual stage. The committee will organize workshops to bring agricultural scientists together with scientists working on advanced technologies and technological systems in different disciplines. The study committee will develop a framework for ranking the ideas that emerge from the workshops and prepare a consensus report that presents its findings, including categories of specific needs and the scientific and technological breakthroughs that could address those needs. The report will discuss the relative merits of different research approaches and technological directions, including the probable time frame and level of effort required to achieve particular breakthroughs and applications, and the relative potential of different technologies to positively impact farming in the developing world.

This project is sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The start date for the project is 12/01/06.
A report will be issued at the end of the project in approximately 14 months.

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Update 5-8-08: The project duration has been extended. The report is expected to be issued by 6/30/08.

Project Duration: 14 months    

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Committee Membership
Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 04/15/2007
 Meeting 2 - 07/06/2007
 Meeting 3 - 07/19/2007
 Meeting 4 - 07/24/2007
 Meeting 5 - 08/16/2007
 Meeting 6 - 09/18/2007
 Meeting 7 - 09/24/2007
 Meeting 8 - 10/15/2007
 Meeting 9 - 11/27/2007
 Meeting 10 - 09/29/2008


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Emerging Technologies to Benefit Farmers in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia