TECHNOLOGY PROMOTION & OUTREACH PROGRAMME

  • TECHNOLOGY PROMOTION & OUTREACH PROGRAMME
    The mandate of the Technology Promotion and Outreach programme is to spearhead the promotion and dissemination of technologies to uptake pathways for increased adoption.

    Functions of the programme:
    a. Technology adoption and impact assessment studies
    b. Commodity production economics studies
    c. Commodity and/or technology marketing and markets studies
    d. Needs assessment studies (regular updates; emerging issues)
    e. Gender analysis and mainstreaming studies
    f. Spearhead monitoring and evaluation of research programmes
    g. Coordinate institute communication, outreach and marketing activities
    h. Coordinate seed systems for priority commodities
    i. Coordinate technology incubation activities

    Technology promotion strategies
    1.    Take stock and develop complementary packages for dissemination to different beneficiary categories
    2.    Strengthening linkages and platforms that enhance technology transfer and knowledge exchange between research development and utilization centers/ stakeholders.
    3.    Strengthening value chain pathways for agro industrialization research and private sector partnerships
    4.    Strengthening uptake pathways for technologies that enhance production and climate resilience for food security and sustainable farming systems
    5.    Establish centers of excellence for skilling extension system and students with practical knowledge of improved technologies for enhanced adoption
    6.    Streamline the roles of different NARO institutes in technology development and dissemination function with ZARDIs at the center of technology transfer.
    Outputs
    1.    At least 10 complementary technology packages prepared for different beneficiary categories; Farmers, seed multipliers, extension workers, NGOs, CSOs and development partners.
    2.    At least 5 innovations and technology transfer platforms established and operationalized for technology transfer and knowledge exchange.
    3.    At least 5 partnerships established along product value chains with PPP at the center of agro-industrialization
    4.    At least 6 communities supported to adopt climate smart approaches that enhance sustainable utilization of natural resources.
    5.    At least 1 center of excellence for skilling extension system and students established and facilitated.
    6.    All NARO ZARDIs supported with technologies from NARIs as centers of excellence for technology transfer.
    Key Activities
    1. a)     Compile a list of suitable technologies
    b)     Conduct demonstrations and evaluations of the listed technology packages across different beneficiary categories.
    C)      Advertise and popularize the packages amongst the target beneficiaries.
    2. a)    Conduct a survey to identify and establish the needs of the existing innovation platforms in technology transfer.
    b)    Conduct workshops to identify opportunities to strengthen existing and establishing more new platforms for technology transfer along product lines.
    c)    Establish additional platforms and support their operationalization to functionality.
    3. a)    Conduct and facilitate partnership meetings to identify common interests and priority product value chains.
    b)    Formulate MOUs with private partners along product lines to operationalize research industry relationships.
    4. a)    Conduct PRA to identify and priorities communities needs and relevant intervention for enhanced climate resilience.
    b)    Identify sites and mobilize community members to participate in community climate resilience initiatives.
    c)    Conduct applied research and demonstration trials to popularize climate smart technologies.
    5.    Establish a technology pack at the research institute with a resource center, technology demonstration compartments and technology shops.
    6.    Engage PARI management to mainstream technology promotion activities across NARO institution.