NAIP Institutional Development Priorities
The NAIP is aware of the growing importance of access to information in the global competitive economy. Competitiveness and access to information will be of particular relevance to poor population groups if they are not to be further marginalized. The amount of new information and the increasingly rapid outdating of existing knowledge may pose a threat to traditional and indigenous knowledge. Useful traditional knowledge must therefore be validated, documented and disseminated. The NAIP may support efforts to do this wherever they are related to proper information systems and the utilization of such knowledge. Thus, the NAIP shall strive for a better balance between utilization of existing or indigenous knowledge, creation of new knowledge and adequate documentation, validation, dissemination and utilization of knowledge.
India’s agricultural sector is composed of a large number of small individual entrepreneurs. Farmers depend increasingly on other entrepreneurs for services, inputs, implements, marketing and processing. The capacity of these various entities to adjust to rapid change in the political, institutional and economic environments, and mutual collaboration among them, are decisive for the success of agricultural development. Capacity building and strengthening of partnerships will be taken up in all components of the NAIP. Capacity building refers to individual farmers, farmers’ groups, organizations, and agrarian institutions and businesses, which support them. Partnerships include public sector institutions, farmers’ organizations, self-help groups, NGOs and the private sector. The NAIP is well aware that women farmers whose number and contributions are significant in Indian agriculture have to be involved particularly. Participatory technology development and participatory learning and action shall be essential ingredients in capacity building and project management.
With the increasing importance of market context in Indian agriculture, enhancing business skills of agricultural research institutions assume significance. There is a need to develop suitable business development units as models for promoting business planning, and development and commercialization of technologies.