MANUAL ON GOOD PRACTICES IN EXTENSION RESEARCH AND EVALUATION
AESA, ICAR-NAARM, CRISP, ICAR-CTCRI and MANAGE (2017)
255 Pages

“The manual on good practices in extension research and evaluation” published recently by AESA will fulfil the long term demand for a good book and help build the capacity of extension professionals by sharpening their skills in research methodology.

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GRASSROOTS INNOVATION: MINDS ON THE MARGIN ARE NOT MARGINAL MINDS
Dr Anil K Gupta (2016)
Random House India,
288 pages

Professor Anil K Gupta championed the cause of promoting indigenous knowledge and practices in agricultural development and advancement in society. Very few like him have succeeded in promoting these practices as well as recognizing and rewarding the rural inventors. This book traces the evolution of the grassroots innovation movement in India.

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Tailoring Rural Advisory Services for Family Farms
Rasheed Sulaiman V. and Magdalena L. Blum 
FAO and GFRAS (2016)
Pages: 54; ISBN 978-92-5-109257-6

Rural Advisory Services (RAS) are increasingly recognised as critical to agricultural and rural development. Family Farmers are one of the important clients of RAS as they are the most predominant type of farmers worldwide. Considering its importance, the year 2014 was declared as the International Year for Family Farming (IYFF) by the United Nations. This policy paper presents strategies on how RAS could better support famiy farms and what capacities are required to do this. 

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What Every Extension Worker Should Know- Core Competency Handbook 

Murari Suvedi and Michael Kaplowitz, Michigan State University
USAID, MSU and MEAS (February 2016) 

The focus of this ​hand​ book is on planning​, implementation and evaluation of agricultural extension programmes which are explained explicitly with the help of 32 useful tools. The book serves as a good reading material for field-level extension professionals and those who wish to enhance their capacities. 

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Knowledge Driven Development –  Private Extension and Global Lessons 
Yuan Zhou and Suresh Chandra Babu (Eds) Academic Press, Elsevier, UK 2015 pp 276, (Public Food Policy and Global Development Series)

The book provides new insights into the continuing debate over the extent to which public sector provides extension services in the new era of pluralistic extension especially in the developing world.  It also addresses the key policy issue of how to increase the productivity and income of smallholder farmers through optimal complementarities between the public and private extension approaches. As such it makes interesting reading to both the policy makers and the academicians involved in agricultural extension and technology management. 

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CAREER SENSE: Guide on Higher Education and Skill Development
R. M. Prasad (2015)

A comprehensive compendium, scoping higher education and skill development avenues, is in the wish-list of students and parents. Those seeking admission to higher educational courses and parents who want their children to pursue job–oriented courses in the institutions of repute in India are the target audience of Dr. R. M. Prasad’s book. Presented in a systematic manner under nine chapter heads, this publication “Career Sense: Guide on Higher Education and Skill Development”, is to be complimented for its topicality and timeliness. 

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Rural Innovations at Grassroots –Mining The Minds Of Masses

A silent, but vibrant informal system of innovation exists in parallel to the formal system of innovation in academic and R & D institutions. As the authors indicate, innovations are emerging at the rural grassroots level and the out-of-box thinking and creativity of rural innovators is now increasingly recognised.  Most of the innovations in the informal system are based on real life experiences and these are aimed at addressing the challenges faced by rural communities in their daily lives. But many of these innovations do not get diffused due to a number of factors. Promotion of these innovations generated at the local level is however necessary for enhancing technology generation advancement of entrepreneurship in the country. 

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Increasing Access through Mobile Learning

Mobile technology has captured the imagination of the people because of its high utility in all spheres of everyday life. “With more than half a million apps now available, the use of a mobile device are limited mainly only by the imagination of its creators”. And so, the book “Increasing Access through Mobile Learning” is rightly timed to help academicians and policy makers understand the technicalities as well as utility of mLearning. 

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Farmers’ Organizations in Bangladesh: A Mapping and Capacity Assessment 

Farmer organizations are crucial both on the demand and the supply side of Rural Advisory Services (RAS). On the demand side, they identify and synthesize needs, demands, and solutions for farmers. They contribute to monitoring and evaluation of RAS and participate in policy formulation. On the supply side, producer organizations provide and co-finance RAS activities. 

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Text Book of Agricultural Extension with Global Innovations
Sagar Mondal (2013)

This text book is ideal for agricultural extension professionals and especially students of extension to get a basic idea about the evolution of extension starting with its basic concepts to recent developments worldwide.

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