Research & Extension

Agricultural extension in transition worldwide: policies and strategies for reform

This course covers reforms affecting public sector agricultural extension systems and services. The continuing role of government in determining which reforms will be embarked on, the contemporary concern of linking farmers to markets, the management of extension organization and field operations and the issue of educating and training extension agents. The extension reforms addressed in this course illustrate the need to examine issues of effectiveness, efficiency and advancement.

The course covers a selection of reform measures being promulgated and in many cases practiced worldwide. These reform measures are examined against the background of the public, private and non-governmental contributions to extension. The role of government in making reforms is obvious; the myth of the demise of the nation state is exaggerated. A shift of power may have taken place, but the role of government remains significant. As the final modules indicate, this role includes the tasks of linking farmers to markets, coordinating pluralistic extension systems and enhancing agricultural innovation systems

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