TECA is a FAO's web platform where you can find practical information – agricultural technologies and practices – to help small producers in the field. In addition, you can interact with people with similar interests and discuss sustainable solutions for your work in our online forums – or Exchange Groups.
The TECA keywords system is connected to AGROVOC, a multilingual agricultural vocabulary. If you do not find the keyword you are looking for, you can suggest a new term directly to the AGROVOC community [at AGROVOC@fao.org], - How to use TECA as a knowledge sharing tool in national innovation systems, programmes and projects.
TECA partners inside and outside FAO of the UN are responsible for providing the information on agricultural technologies consisting of practices or techniques, tools, equipments, know-how and skills, or combinations of the aforementioned elements. These partners usually consist of national, regional and international research organizations, advisory services, universities, NGOs, development agencies, farmers’ association and FAO technical divisions.
In both cases, partners will benefit from better preserving their knowledge and from increasing visibility to their work.
To be included in TECA, technologies have to be:
- Applied by small agricultural producers. They have been successfully tested or used by small producers under actual field conditions;
- A public good (open). These technologies are expected to benefit society in general and its application shall incur no copyright fees.
TECA provides technologies and practices in:
TECA technologies are:
- Tested and/or adopted by small producers
- Easy to replicate
- Expected to increase production in a sustainable way
TECA Exchange Groups
are online forums where practitioners share their experiences and knowledge about different farming systems for small producers.
TECA Exchange Groups can be organized around:
- a specific topic (for example, the Beekeeping Group or the Farmer Innovation Exchange Group) : practitioners from anywhere in the world are encouraged to participate and discuss the challenges and opportunities of the specific topic.
- or around a region or a country (for example, the Uganda Group) : the topics are usually proposed by participants according to the relevance in their geographical area.
Register to TECA to participate in one of the Exchange Groups.