Private sector extension

Policy & Process Guidelines for Farmer Producer Organisation
(Ministry of Agriculture, Dept. of Agriculture and Cooperation, Govt. of India) 2013 

Collectivization of producers, especially small and marginal farmers, into producer organisations has emerged as one of the most effective pathways to address the many challenges of agriculture but most importantly, improved access to investments, technology and inputs and markets. Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India has identified farmer producer organisation registered under the special provisions of the Companies Act, 1956 as the most appropriate institutional form around which to mobilize farmers and build their capacity to collectively leverage their production and marketing strength.

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Conservation agriculture with trees: principles and practice A simplified guide for Extension Staff and Farmers, 2014 World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

The guide provides the required information and materials to help extension officers conduct a basic training course in conservation agriculture with trees. This course is intended to help farmers and other interested parties get started in applying CAWT in practice. It is intended to be a guide for trainers, who are urged to provide additional information as required, by consulting the references given under each module.

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Building Resilient Communities: A training manual on community managed disaster risk reduction,  International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, 2013

This trainer’s manual is a process guide for trainers and facilitators on how to help communities design and implement Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR). The 2013 manual is broken down into four booklets:1. CMDRR Training, Design and Implementation2. CMDRR Concepts, Principles and Practices (Module 1)3. Facilitating CMDRR Method and Process (Module 2)4. Sustaining CMDRR (Module 3)

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Restoring the Soil :  A Guide for Using Green Manure/Cover Crops to Improve the Food Security of Smallholder Farmers Roland Bunch, Canadian Food grains Bank, 2012

Hundreds of thousands of small farmers in many countries are using, experimenting with, and sharing green manure/cover crops, thereby reducing fertilizer use while improving the sustainability of crop production systems. Restoring the soil by using these technologies to feed food-insecure people will have a tremendous impact on improving global food security. 

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Climate-Smart Agriculture Sourcebook

The main purpose of this collaborative publication is to further elaborate the concept of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) and demonstrate its potential, as well as limitations. It aims to help decision makers at a number of levels to understand the different options that are available for planning, policies and investments and the practices that are suitable for making different agricultural sectors, landscapes and food systems more climate-smart. The Sourcebook is developed by FAO in collaboration with many partner agencies and individual contributors.CSA is an approach to developing the technical, policy and investment conditions to achieve sustainable agricultural development for food security under climate change. The magnitude, immediacy and broad scope of the effects of climate change on agricultural systems create a compelling need to ensure comprehensive integration of these effects into national agricultural planning, investments and programs. The CSA approach is designed to identify and operationalize sustainable agricultural development within the explicit parameters of climate change.ClIMATE-SMART AGRICULTURE SOURCEBOOk cover-sourcebook_fb.jpgThe Executive Summary of the publication is available in English, French and Spanish and the entire publication is currently available online in English.

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PADev Guidebook Participatory Assessment of Development

Participatory Assessment of Development (PADev) is a holistic method of evaluating development and social change. Local people assess the impact of a large variety of development initiatives on their lives, their capabilities and their environment. PADev enables local history writing, using a variety of gender, age and location-specific perspectives. The method helps to assess the impact of development initiatives on locally perceived groups of relatively rich and relatively poor people in the society. This guidebook offers a host of insights and suggestions and hopes to add to practices of self-evaluation and bottom-up history writing.

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Interactive Radio for Agricultural Development Projects: A Toolkit for Practitioners

USAID, 2012 The toolkit will primarily appeal to practitioners who are planning to work through established radio stations or disseminate audio recordings independently of radio (i.e. MP3 players or mobile phones). Interactive Radio is defined here to mean radio that leverages other ICT tools to create a two-way communication exchange between radio stations and listeners. Though developed in the context of Africa, this tool kit is relevant for countries in Asia too. This toolkit available online will guide you through a series of questions that will help you and your team design an interactive radio activity that best suits your own objectives, beneficiaries, and project realities.

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Advancing Agroforestry on the Policy Agenda

A guide for decision-makersThe World Agroforestry Centre and FAO (2013) Overdependence on conventional agricultural methods and inadequate knowledge of sustainable approaches restrict the interest of policy-makers in agroforestry development. Limited dissemination of ideas and information prevents the spread of agroforestry systems and in many countries these systems are seldom included in the curricula of agricultural or forestry schools. Limited experience and low capacity among some national extension services, in both traditional and new agroforestry systems, means that farmers are often reluctant to adopt them.

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Collaborative Governance Assessment CGIAR Research Programme on Aquatic Agricultural Systems (2012)

Many development interventions fail because they don’t address governance obstacles, or don’t take advantage of governance opportunities. This Guidance Note presents a simple approach to analyzing the governance context for development of aquatic agricultural systems; it is intended as an aid to action research, and a contribution to effective program planning and evaluation. It provides a brief introduction to the value of assessing governance collaboratively, summarizes an analytical framework, and offers practical guidance on three stages of the process: identifying obstacles and opportunities, debating strategies for influence, and planning collaborative actions.

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Guide to Evaluating Capacity Development Results

Enhancing capacities of farmers and rural organizations is an important goal of extension. Quite often extension organizations fail to capture the impact of such activities and therefore it neither get the credit for undertaking this activity nor able to advance the positive changes that emerge from these efforts. The 17 guidance notes in this publication explain and demonstrate how to assess capacity development efforts by reviewing and documenting the results of ongoing or completed capacity development activities, projects, programs or broader strategies.

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Private rural service provision: the experience of Samriddhi in Bangladesh

The underlying objective of the study was to draw the knowledge and experiences, document best practices and challenges, and consolidate lessons learnt from facilitating quality, accessible and affordable private rural service provision. The study, in a very accessible presentation, analyzes and documents best practices and challenges, and consolidates lessons learnt. Samriddhi is a multi-year project funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and implemented by HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Bangladesh. The authors hope that the recommendations presented will enhance the provision of relevant and sustainable services in rural areas for poor and extreme poor households. It is also a case that challenges the conventional wisdom that “the poor cannot and will not pay for advisory services.

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Tools and Methodologies for Collaborating with Lead Firms: A Practitioner’s Manual 

In value chain development, practitioners frequently come across dynamic firms that play a critical role in moving their industry and other value chain participants forward. This manual presents principles, tools, and strategies for working with such Lead Firms (LFs) in a value chain framework. It is designed to provide practitioners with guidelines, examples, and lessons learned that they can use in designing and implementing value chain development program.

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