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Agricultural Technologies

Agriculture Mechanization

Agricultural mechanization describes the application of tools, implements and powered machinery as inputs to achieve agricultural production. Agricultural mechanization enhances the workflow and sets standards for the processing, allowing easier access to agricultural markets. Under this category, you will find technologies and practices on mechanized tools, which apply to crop production, harvesting and preparation for storage, on-farm processing and rural transport.The agricultural mechanization category covers the Sustainable Development Goals of no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being as well as responsible consumption and production.

Capacity development is “the process through which individuals, organizations and societies obtain, strengthen and maintain the capabilities to set and achieve their own development objectives over time” (UNDP).
Technologies and practices under this category include community-based approaches for production, processing and marketing of agricultural products, and participatory varietal selection among others.
The capacity development category covers the Sustainable Development Goals of no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being as well as responsible consumption and production.

Fisheries Aquaculture

The category fishery and aquaculture covers the wild capture and farming of aquatic organisms including fish, molluscs, crustaceans and aquatic plants. This category includes practices and technologies on sweet and saltwater fish species, in particular on stock management, fishing techniques and its limitations, and fishing equipment.
Technologies and practices on aquaculture species, e.g. different fish species, shrimp/prawns, and seaweed, range from pond construction to breeding, feeding, and fish health control as well as pond management, and harvesting. For both fishery and aquaculture, there are technologies on post-harvesting methods (e.g. storage, processing, and marketing).
It also includes information on the construction and management of aquaponics, a bio-integrated system that links recirculating aquaculture with hydroponic vegetable, flower, and/or herb production.
In addition, you can find practices and organizational techniques in the field of fishery and aquaculture for social and economic community use.
The fishery and aquaculture category covers the Sustainable Development Goals of no poverty, zero hunger, responsible consumption and production as well as life below water.

Crop production is concerned with growing crops for use as fibre and food.
This category includes practices and technologies ranging from pre-installation methods (e.g. soil preparation, instructions for construction, seed selection) to general management practices (e.g. sowing, planting, transplanting, weeding, pest and disease control, irrigation) and harvest. Crops include grains and cereals, sugarcane, as well as legumes, oilseeds, vegetables, stimulants (e.g. coffee, tobacco), fibrous crops (e.g. cotton), tuberous roots (e.g. cassava, potatoes), fruits, forage (e.g. calliandra) and many others. Information on integrated cropping systems is also available.
In addition, you can find practices and organizational techniques in the field of crop production for social and economic community use of resources.
The crop production category covers the Sustainable Development Goals of no poverty, zero hunger, responsible consumption and production as well as life on land.

Livestock Production

Efficient livestock production that is raising domesticated animals to produce labor and commodities requires good management practices including appropriate feeding, animal health care, the selection and development of breeds.
Livestock includes a wide range of animals, e.g. cattle, goats, sheep, pigs, rabbits, chicken, ducks, guanacos and many others.
This category covers technologies and practices on the construction of animal housing, integrated crop-livestock farming systems, milk and meat production as well as on the production of other animal sub-products, e.g. honey or eggs.
In addition, you can find practices and organizational techniques in the field of livestock production for social and economic community use of resources.
The livestock production category covers the Sustainable Development Goals of no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, decent work and economic growth, responsible consumption and production, as well as life and land.

Natural Resources Management

The natural resources management category addresses the responsible management of natural resources, e.g. water and soil.
Water management technologies and practices in this category include different sources of water, e.g. groundwater, rainfall, ponds (lakes, lagoons, etc.), rivers, and marginal water and address the fields of water harvesting, drainage, crop irrigation, water distribution, water treatment, energy use, marginal water use, and monitoring.
Soil productivity management practices and technologies in this category, promote the maintenance and increase of soil fertility on cropland, pasture land, agroforest and forest land. They include both conventional methods (inorganic fertilization, soil tillage/ploughing) and traditional practices. The latter include practices such as crop alternation, crop rotation, organic fertilization (manure, compost, mulching, etc.), green manuring (intercropping, cover crops, etc.), and zero/ minimum tillage. Others address soil pH, soil assessment and erosion control.
For both soil and water, you can also find practices and organizational techniques for social and economic community use of resources.
The natural resources management category covers the Sustainable Development Goals of no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being as well as responsible consumption and production.

Post Harvest & Marketing

Post-harvest and marketing strategies aim at enhancing the agricultural and economic activities during and between the harvest and the commercialization of produce.
This category is concerned with practices and technologies including activities of preservation and storing, processing, transporting and marketing for a variety of agricultural products, such as grains and cereals, fruit and vegetables, roots and tubers, dairy and livestock products among others.
The post-harvest and marketing category covers the Sustainable Development Goals of no poverty, zero hunger, decent work and economic growth as well as responsible consumption and production.

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