BEYOND ROGERS: DIFFUSION OF INNOVATIONS AND EXTENSION CURRICULA
Though the diffusion of innovations paradigm proposed by Everett M Rogers has largely been criticized by many researchers, the current extension curriculum followed in India has not accommodated any of the new insights that have emerged in this area. Neither haveany of the alternate theories supplementing this conceptual paradigm been taken up. In this blog, Ms.Archana Bhatt presents these new developments and argues for including these in the extension curricula
Demand-Driven Extension: Need for Public Extension to Turnaround
“Is it not strange that agriculture in India has transformed itself, while the public extension has lost its way? The supply-driven extension, now regarded as largely inaccessible, ineffective and irrelevant, should make way for a more dynamic ‘demand driven’ extension system”, argues Dr Arun Balamatti
Commercialization of Agricultural Technologies: Innovations in Business Incubation and Start Ups
Though the Indian National Agricultural Research System has initiated several measures to support commercialisation of agricultural technologies, a lot more needs to be done to strengthen these efforts. In this blog, Dr Manoj Samuel, Dr George Ninan and Dr C N Ravishanker argue for a new framework to encourage start-up companies in agriculture.
Reverse Extension: Need for a Relook on the Present Extension Service
Extension needs new theories, frameworks and a shift in its current approach if it has to remain relevant. Reverse extension offers one way of reinventing its future, argues Dr. R. M. Prasad.
Agripreneurs: Who They Are and Why They Are Important?
While entrepreneurship has been talked about since many years, agripreneurship is something which we started discussing only recently. Dr Mahesh Chander explores the characteristics of Agripreneurs in this blog and he argues the need to encourage, support and promote agripreneurship by extension and advisory service providers.
Agribusiness Incubation in India: Ways Forward
Though agribusiness incubators are important to promote entrepreneurship and commercialization of new technologies in agriculture, the incubators are yet to receive sufficient attention and funding in India. Lack of a positive ecosystem to nurture start-ups affects the functioning of agribusiness incubators, argues K Srinivas.
Plantwise: Complementing diagnostic and advisory services of extension?
For decades, the farmers have no other go but the local input dealer shop to share his concern and take a solution. Plantwise, a programme that works with national plant health systems through establishing sustainable networks of local plant clinics addresses this problem effectively argues Dr. Malvika Choudhary
India Ricecheck program: A new extension method in making?
While everyone would like to see impact of new technologies at a wider scale, very few appreciate the need for adapting new technologies to meet the varied requirements of different socio-economic, bio-physical, organisational and institutional settings. Argues Dr Shaik N Meera...
Fostering entrepreneurship through Agribusiness Incubation: Role of extension professionals
Dr P Sethuraman Sivakumar and Mr I Sivaraman discuss the importance of agribusiness incubators and how extension professionals can support the incubation process in this blog.
Developing critical systems of learning competence: Is this the way out?
Critical systems of learning and innovation competence is equally or more important than mere technological competence, argues Laxmi Prasad Pant.
Youth: Potential Target For Agricultural Extension
Agricultural extension services should tap the energy and creativity of rural youth to transform agricultural sector, argues Dr Mahesh Chander.
Is Horticultural Extension Getting the Priority it Deserves?
Though public extension has played a key role in transferring technologies in agricultural crops, its role in promotion of horticultural technologies in India has been limited. While horticultural development got comprehensive policy and budgetary support during the XIth Plan, it hasn’t made any difference to horticultural
Extension and Participatory Irrigation Management: Can it complement each other ?
Participatory Irrigation Management could be an effective model of community based extension, if extension engages more effectively with water user associations opines, Dr. Souvik Ghosh.
Redeeming the public extension system: Can rural democratization offer plausible alternatives?
Even while critical debates on the relevance of public extension systems are on- with propositions that argue for more privatised extension services dominating the scene- the significance of public extension systems is only increasing.
Institutional Shift: From Extension to Entrepreneurship
Unless the entrepreneurship competencies are added to the extension capabilities, the application of extension may not bear expected results, argues Dr S. Ramkumar
Competence Development through Education and Capacity Development through Extension
While the concept of capacity development is much discussed in extension literature, little attention is given to competence development, argues Dr Laxmi Prasad Pant. In a recent paper (see Pant, 2012), we argued that the fields of ‘competence development’ and ‘capacity development’ remain