Concepts and Practices

Rural Extension

Vol 1. Basic Issues and Concepts (2009)
Vol 2. Examples and Background Material (2009)
Vol 3. Training Concepts and Tools (2011)

Volker Hoffman, A Christinck, M. Lemma, M Gerster-Bentayana,University of Hohenheim and Margraf Publishers
This publication would be of special interest to all those involved in the teaching, training, research and management of extension and advisory services.

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Guide to Evaluating Rural Extension 

GFRAS Publication (2012)

This Guide has been developed by the GFRAS to support those involved in extension evaluation to choose how to conduct more comprehensive, rigorous, credible and useful evaluations.

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Agricultural Extension: Worldwide Innovations

Saravanan, R ., (2008), (Ed.) New India Publishing Agency (NIPA), New Delhi.

This book is an attempt to document the past experiences and recent   developments in the agriculture knowledge information systems. The compilation of 14 country chapters  such as; Afghanistan, Benin, Cote d’Iviore, Ghana, India, Iran, Japan, Jordan,  Mozambique, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, Trinidad & Tobago and Zimbabwe is intended to document the experience of extension systems. 

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Concepts and practices in agricultural extension in developing countries: A source book

Anandajayasekeram Ponniah, Ranjitha Puskur, Sindu Workneh and Dirk Hoekstra (2008) International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)This source  book, a joint effort of ILRI and IFPRI/ISNAR, compiles available and recent literature on developments in the agricultural extension approaches and practice, mainly focusing on developing countries.

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Agricultural Extension-Second Edition 

A W Van den Ban and Hawkins Blackwell Publishers 1996

This publication is considered as a thorough, practical handbook that explains the purpose, importance, and far-reaching effects of agricultural extension throughout the world. The information presented tells how to establish, communicate, and implement effective agricultural extension programs that address specific needs and long-term goals in any location. 

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Changing Roles of Agricultural Extension in Asian Nations

A W Van den Ban, R K Samanta B.R. Publishing Corporation, Delhi(India)-2006

This book discusses experiences from implementation of new extension policies, reforms in extension such as privatisation, pro-poor extension and application of ICTs in Asian countries. Learning from these experiences can potentially help readers to adjust their Agricultural Extension systems and approach to the changing situation in which they work by learning from experience in different Asian countries.  

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Mobilizing the potential of rural and agricultural extension

IIan Christoplos FAO (2010) 

This paper presents an overview of current opportunities and challenges facing efforts to increase the impact of rural and agricultural extension. It articulate the position of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) on where agricultural extension stands today and where it needs to go in the future. The findings presented here are intended to better situate extension in consideration of the future of agricultural research for development.

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Agricultural extension: A time for change:
Linking knowledge to policy and action for food and livelihoods

Revitalising extension and advisory services was the focus of the International Conference on Innovations in Extension and Advisory Service s held in Nairobi in November 2011. 450 delegates from 85 countries participated in this event.This publication provides a synthesis of the discussion from that event. 

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Reshaping Rural Extension

Learning for Sustainability (LforS): An integrative and Learning Based Advisory Approach for Rural Extension with Small-Scale Farmers

Ernst Gabathuler, Felicitas Bachmann, and Andreas Kläy,(2011)

This book presents Learning for Sustainability (LforS) as an integrative, learning-oriented approach to rural extension. The approach encompasses stakeholder dialogues, knowledge management, and organisational development. The book is directed towards governmental and non-governmental organisations, development agencies, and extension staff working in the field of rural development. 

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Shaping change 

Natural Resource Management, Agriculture and the Role of Extension Edited by Drs Jess Jennings,Roger Packham and Dedee Woodside

Shaping Change presents the current state of play of Extension and its role in Natural Resource Management and the commercial agriculture industry for the Australasia-Pacific region.It is a prime text for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and an essential reference manual for new and experienced Extension professionals alike, be they engaged exclusively in environmental conservation, agricultural productivity, or more commonly both.

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International Conference on Innovations in Extension and Advisory Services 2011 GFRAS and CTA (15-18 November 2011)

Several interesting and useful papers on extension and advisory provision were presented in this conference. CTA recently published the proceedings of this conference in a CD and you could download these papers from the link given below

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Diverse Approaches and Models of Providing Extension and Advisory Services 

The EAS landscape in most countries is diverse and typically described as pluralistic: not only are there many different types of providers (public sector, private for profit, NGOs and CSOs, farmer-based organizations,) but also different models and approaches are used (e.g., through lead farmers, through volunteers, answer plots, ...). This compilation on diverse approaches and models of providing EAS is based on the inputs from the MEAS (Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services) symposium held in June 2013 at Washington.

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Agricultural Extension in Asia: Constraints and options for improvement, Baig, M.B and Aldosar, F (2013), The Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences, Vol 23, no. 2, pp. 619-632

This article reviews the agricultural extension system in Asia to identify and enlist the problems associated with the existing traditional systems in different regions. It also presents the emerging challenges for the system and suggests the ways for adapting these systems in tune with the future. 

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 Capacity Building for Agricultural Research for Development: Lessons from Practice in Papua New Guinea. Mbabu, A. and Hall, A. (Eds.) (2012)  

Agricultural  research for  development  (AR4D)  is an emerging  mode of  agricultural research  practice  in the international  development  community. AR4D’s  use of systems perspectives  on  learning, innovation and change have fundamental implications for the way agricultural  research is conducted and the way capacity is built.This book contains a collection  of papers that  discuss the experience  of an AR4D capacity  building program in Papua New Guinea (PNG). 

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What Do We Really Know About the Number & Distribution of Farms and Family Farmers in the World? 

Read the background paper for The State of Food and Agriculture 2014

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Issue Paper: Agroecology : What it is and what it has to offer? Laura Silici, June 2014
International Institute for Environment and Development

Despite the fact that agroecological practices can bring resilience and broad-based productivity to rural communities and provide important ecosystem services across the landscape, they are still not being widely promoted in agricultural policies or by agricultural research organisations in developed nor developing countries, nor scaled-up at a significant level. This paper asks why, tracing the multiple interpretations of agroecology: what it means to different people and how it is used. It lists the benefits and challenges of agroecological practices and how they compare with input-intensive, large-scale farming. Finally, it asks what more needs to be done to mainstream agroecology more widely in agricultural policies and practices?

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What Brings Satisfaction To Rural Life? Analysis off Personal & Social Factors of Life Satisfaction 

Saswata Narayan Biswas & Preeti Priya (Jan 2015) 

Working Paper 265, Institute of Rural Management, Anand, INDIA

While the demographic and economic characteristics of an individual affect well-being, our findings suggest that personal and social factors are stronger determinants of well-being compared to demographic and economic ones. Materialistic orientation is one of the key detrimental factors preventing the attainment of life satisfaction goals.
 

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