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Impacts of AKST on Development and Sustainability Goals

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Type: Book Chapter
Author: Leakey, Roger; Kranjac-Berisavljevic, Gordana
Book Title: International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development Global Report
Publisher: International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development
Location: Washington: DC
Page(s): 145-254
Date: 2009
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/7452
Sector: Agriculture
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Subject(s): tropics
biology
sustainability
agricultural development
production
livelihoods
Abstract: "The International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science, and Technology for Development (IAASTD) looks realistically at how we could effectively use agriculture/AKST to help us meet development and sustainability goals. An unprecedented three-year collaborative effort, the IAASTD involved more than 400 authors in 110 countries and cost more than $11 million. It reports on the advances and setbacks of the past fifty years and offers options for the next fifty years. The results of the project are contained in seven reports: a Global Report, five regional Sub-Global Assessments, and a Synthesis Report. The Global Report gives the key findings of the Assessment, and the five Sub-Global Assessments address regional challenges. The volumes present options for action. All of the reports have been extensively peer-reviewed by governments and experts and all have been approved by a panel of participating governments. The Sub-Global Assessments all utilize a similar and consistent framework: examining and reporting on the impacts of AKST on hunger, poverty, nutrition, human health, and environmental/social sustainability. The IAASTD was initiated by the World Bank and the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, with support from the World Bank, the World Health Organization, and other sponsors. Its goal is to analyze the potential of agricultural knowledge, science, and technology (AKST) for reducing hunger and poverty, improving rural livelihoods, and working toward environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable development."

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