South Korean Strategy for Agricultural Technology Transfer to Developing Countries

logo-rda-koreaAccess to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food is the right of everyone. Korea has always strived for a world free from hunger and poverty, and will participate actively in the global efforts to achieve food security.
As part of this effort, Korea is willing to share its experience in agricultural development with developing countries. One such program is the Korean Green Revolution that aims to help people escape from prolonged hunger and poverty in a short period of time.
Development of infrastructure, agricultural technology, and institutional establishment are major factors to achieve food security in developing countries. However, agricultural technology is critical to agricultural development.
In accordance with the Rome Principle, the Korean agricultural technology transfer to developing countries will support country-led agricultural technology development programmes.
On this basis, the technology development cooperation is focused on improving the national agricultural research and extension system, including capacity building of human resources to develop agricultural technology.
Supporting the Kevin Kelly’s opinion that technology evolves on an accumulated technological basis, we shall focus on the development of appropriate technologies or practices adaptable to the current development level of each country.
On the basis of the assumption that government intention and social agreement are critical to technology development, our cooperation will focus on the institutional capacity building for agricultural technology development and dissemination.
Partnership between domestic, regional, and international stakeholders will be emphasized. We will work together with technology development agencies such as international research institutions, educational institutions, and other international food and agriculture-based institutions. At the partner country level, national research institutions and educational institution will be our major counterparts. For the Korean government, RDA will cooperate with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery,
the Ministry of Planning and Finance, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Korea International Cooperation Agency.
RDA will utilize its resources to transfer appropriate agricultural technologies, and practices on food security; research and extension system, and experts’ pool. On this basis, RDA will implement two programs: the KOPIA (Korea Project on International Agriculture) and the multilateral cooperation initiatives composed of the AFACI (Asia Food and Agriculture Cooperation Initiative) and KAFACI (Korea- Africa Food and Agriculture Cooperation Initiative), As Korean Green Revolution was evaluated as a successful case of technology transfer from the international society, we also hope to contribute in creating a successful agricultural development case in cooperation with the international society.

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