HomeInternational Rice Research Notesvol. 27 no. 2 (2002)

The Rice Knowledge Bank at IRRI: Strengthening Training Capacity

A. Atkinson

Discipline: Technology, Knowledge Management



The fast and effective transfer of technologies from the research laboratory to the farmer’s field has always been one of the biggest challenges facing those in agricultural development. All too often, new technologies are successfully developed only to fail in reaching those who need them most—the farmers—because of inadequate or underdeveloped government extension services. This unfortunate situation is made worse when the new technologies are neglected and forgotten because they are not used.  Nongovernment organizations (NGOs) have started to play an important role in the area of extension, but most do not have the resources to develop their own technologies and must rely on access to institutes like IRRI to provide what they need.