The main function of INIA is research and technology transfer; it does not have a direct extension mandate. Technology transfer is directed to technical assistance providers ("proveedores de asistencia tecnica", PAT) who are conducting the extension to the producers. However, due to demand from producers in many cases the INIA carries out its extension through transference teams in the experimental stations located in various regions of the country.
INIA is in the process of change to become the lead agency for agricultural innovation in the country, which shall include the development of the agricultural extension service for various public and private agents.(personal communication, Elmer Peralta, Feb. 2011)
"ITACAB is a specialized agency of the Andrés Bello, public international law, working in 12 countries in Latin America and its name expresses its function: Institute of appropriate technologies for marginal areas.
In this sense, as an institution that researches, analyzes, proposes and transfers technologies to rural and marginal urban extension is an entity that works with the appropriate technologies to improve the quality of life of the poor.
Although there were field level projects in years past, currently there are none. ITACAB has research projects in the pipeline for expansion, technology transfer and appropriate technologies, as well as an information service and technology advice through ICT Resource Centre for technology transfer CRTT (www.itacab.org Centro de recursos CRTT)"
Ing. Mg. Sc. José Sánchez Narvaez
Coordinador de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación
ITACAB Convenio Andrés Bello
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