Institutional Change and Adaptation to Climate Change
Agricultural extension system has been slow to adapt and communicate climate science to farmers, as there is still limited institutional priority accorded in processing and communicating the scientific knowledge, opines Dr Hemant R Ojha.
Why fisheries sector needs an extension framework?
Though a large percentage of rural population in South Asia depend on capture fisheries and aquaculture, lack of an appropriate extension framework constrains this sector from optimizing its performance, argues, Dr S N Ojha.
Skilling the farm sector – Need for a focused approach
The focus of skill development in India by default is oriented towards industry and micro enterprises. Skill development in the farm sector is yet to receive due attention in the skill development efforts of the Government. A shift towards skilling the farm sector is long overdue, argues Dr .R. M. Prasad.
Skill Development for a new Rural Resurgence
Recent initiatives such as the National Skill Development Corporation have begun to address some of the needs related to skill development in various sectors. However, the needs of the rural areas, and those of agriculture/allied sectors are yet largely unaddressed. In this blog, Mr Girish
Skill development in Veterinary Education
Skill development is not merely meant for farmers and entrepreneurs. It is also about having the needed skills among field practitioners. For instance, the main purpose of veterinary education is development of appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes among veterinarians.
Isn`t it time to set up an Indian Institute of organic Agriculture?
Demand for organic food is increasing at 20-22% per annum in India. Its time India invests in organic research and education to develop specialized human resources trained to further the organic movement in the country, argues Sabyasachi Roy
A seminar on seminars?
These days everywhere you turn, you see and hear about seminars, conferences and workshops. But very few of these add value by contributing to improving the quality of debate, programme implementation or the policy process, argues Shri Suresh Kumar.
What is wrong with our forestry education?
New courses related to socio-economic faculties including extension needs to be developed and promoted in forestry education, argues Dr Binoo P Boney.
Enhancing the Capacities of Farm Women
Surabhi Mittal and Vinod Hariharan explore the gender roles and decision making in wheat farming in India, based on empirical data in this blog.
Values and Competencies in Agricultural Extension
The contribution of extension could be further accentuated if the extension professionals adopt certain human positive values. A parallel investment for development of positive values through pre-service, induction, and in-service trainings is essential for the success of any agricultural extension worker. In this blog, Dr SVN Rao and Dr PVK Sasidhar emphasise these values which every extension workers must imbibe and internalise.
Teaching in Agricultural Extension Education: Can We Improve It?
Among teaching, research and service in extension, teaching remains the most neglected. If we want to bring improvement in all these different dimensions of extension, we must pay serious attention to improving the quality of teaching in extension education, argues Dr. Mahesh Chander.
Branding Agriculture: Creating brands from commodities
Farmers can enhance their income if they start branding their commodities. Extension and Advisory Services should support farmers with branding their produce, argues Mandeep Pujara
Demonetization and Agriculture: Lessons for Extension and Advisory Services
The recent demonetization exercise by the Indian Government has impacted farmers adversely, at least in the ‘short run’. At the same time, has it also opened up new possibilities of digitizing money handling in the agricultural value chain? Arun Balamatti explores these issues in this blog.
50 Publications every extension professional should read
To remain relevant and to support addressing the rapidly evolving challenges in agriculture, extension professionals need to upgrade their competencies. Sreeram Vishnu and Rasheed Sulaiman V have chosen what they think are the 50 best publications every extension professional should read to enhance their knowledge and skills to remain relevant to the changing times.
Five Years of AESA Web Portal: A Critical Reflection
As the year 2017 draws to a close, Sreeram Vishnu and Onima V. T. analyze the contents generated by the AESA web portal over the past five years (2013-2017). While the AESA web portal brought a new culture of managing knowledge on extension, a lot more could be done to improve its effectiveness, they argue.