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A Strategy for Improving the Technology Transfer System in Afghanistan through ATMA Model using Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) Approach

Singh, K.M. and Kumar, Ajay (2008): A Strategy for Improving the Technology Transfer System in Afghanistan through ATMA Model using Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) Approach.

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Abstract

The goal of technology transfer is to improve the livelihoods of rural households and communities. This goal is proposed to be achieved by pilot-testing a sustainable and integrated water and land management strategy in selected districts and provinces that will introduce or expand the use of high-value, water-efficient crop and livestock systems to increase farm household income. Where these new agricultural innovations and/or value-added systems are proven to be effective, then the next step will be to scale-up these innovations to other producer/farmer groups within the current and/or other comparable agro-ecological zones/districts within the country. An additional purpose will be to organize farmer, producer, community and/or self-help groups (especially for rural women) at the community level so they can learn procedures for marketing specific high-value crops and products, as well as in managing their water resources at the community level. The paper discusses the methods and strategies using participatory rural appraisal to evolve a workable model for developing the agricultural sector in two provinces of Afghanistan, namely Balkh and Nangarhar.

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