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March 2004

Announcement of a publication

A new extension vision for food security : Challenge to change


This publication addresses the challenges faced by agricultural extension services in their provision of support to food security initiatives . The content of this booklet has been drawn from a major paper, “Agricultural Extension, Rural Development and Food Security Challenge”, written by William M. Rivera, Visiting Scholar, University of Maryland, College Park, USA and M. Kalim Qamar, Senior Officer (Agricultural Training and Extension), FAO Extension, Education and Communication Service.

The authors address the dynamic role of agricultural extension services today. The function and tasks of agricultural extension services are increasingly assumed by multiple public and private organizations. In developed countries, and in countries where extension reform has been pursued, pluralistic involvement of extension providers now exists – including non-profit non-governmental organizations (NGOs), for-profit private companies, rural producer organizations, commercial individuals and associations of extension specialists, as well as national, state and municipal extension services.

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