Assessment Institute for Agricultural Technology (AIAT) for evaluation and dissemination of crop production technologies in Indonesia

  • A. Dimyati
  • A. Suryana
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Abstract

There have been widespread complaints that agricultural research in Indonesia does not properly address farmers’ problems and that technology transfer is slow because of weak linkage among research, extension, and users. To rectify this situation, farm trials and demonstrations involving researchers, extension workers, officials from agriculture-related offices, and farmers have been conducted. These efforts resulted in the creation of 17 Assessment Institutes for Agricultural Technology (AIAT) covering the 27 provinces in the country in April 1995. These institutes are tasked with doing research on location-specific agricultural technologies, gathering and channeling feedback from clients to researchers to improve agricultural research programs, and disseminating research results as extension material. AIAT’s main strength is the integration of researchers and extension personnel under one umbrella at the provincial level. New mechanisms and institutional linkages for generating, evaluating, adapting, and applying location-specific agricultural technologies have been installed. A new paradigm adopting a participatory bottom-up planning approach is being implemented. A number of operational instruments such as implementing guidelines, innovative research methods, and protocols for enhancing users’ participation in research activities should be continuously developed. The implications of the new approaches on various research management issues are discussed. A case of technology adaptation and promotion by AIAT through an assessment of a rice-based farming system with agribusiness orientation is described.

Key words

location-specific research technology adaptation with farmers research-extension-farmer linkage agribusiness orientation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Dimyati
    • 1
  • A. Suryana
    • 2
  1. 1.Assessment Institute for Agricultural Technology (AIAT)LembangIndonesia
  2. 2.Center for Agricultural and Socio-economic Research (CASER)BogorIndonesia

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