The International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science, and Technology for Development (IAASTD) looks realistically at how we could effectively use agriculture/AKST to help us meet development and sustainability goals. An unprecedented three-year collaborative effort, the IAASTD involved more than 400 authors in 110 countries and cost more than $11 million. It report on the advances and setbacks of the past fifty years and offers options for the next fifty years.
The results of the project are contained in seven reports: a Global Report, five regional Sub-Global Assessments, and a Synthesis Report. The Global Report gives the key findings of the Assessment, and the five Sub-Global Assessments address regional challenges. The volumes present options for action. All of the reports have been extensively peer-reviewed by governments and experts and all have been approved by a panel of participating governments. The Sub-Global Assessments all utilize a similar and consistent framework: examining and reporting on the impacts of AKST on hunger, poverty, nutrition, human health, and environmental/social sustainability. The five Sub-Global Assessments cover the following regions:
Central and West Asia and North Africa (CWANA) East and South Asia and the Pacific (ESAP) Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) North America and Europe (NAE) Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)
Chapter 1. Context, Conceptual Framework and Sustainability Indicators Chapter 2. Historical Analysis of the Effectiveness of AKST Systems in Promoting Innovation Chapter 3. Impacts of AKST on Development and Sustainability Goals Chapter 4. Outlook on Agricultural Changes and its Drivers Chapter 5. Looking into the Future for Agriculture and AKST Chapter 6. Options to Enhance the Impact of AKST on Development and Sustainability Goals Chapter 7. Options for Enabling Policies and Regulatory Environments Chapter 8. Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology: Investment and Economic Returns