Laos, partners launch agriculture innovation systems

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the EU Delegation and the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) last week launched a new project to boost food security and nutrition.

The project on Developing Capacities in Agriculture Innovation Systems of Scaling up a Tropical Agriculture Platform Framework (TAP AIS) also aims to support agricultural innovation to increase effectiveness, competitiveness and resilience to shocks.

Besides contributing to food security, it is aimed at environmental sustainability, economic development and sustainable natural resource management.
The TAP-AIS, launched in Vientiane on November 20, is a global project that is part of the larger European Union Initiative “Development Smart Innovation through Research in Agriculture (DeSIRA): Towards climate-relevant agricultural and knowledge innovation system”.

In Laos, the project will contribute to promoting climate-relevant, productive and sustainable transformation of agriculture and food systems by developing capacities to innovate at the national level, said the FAO’s country representative, Mr Nasar Hayat.

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