Extension and Innovation

Communication for Rural Innovation Rethinking Agricultural Extension

Cees Leeuwis (Author); Anne Van den Ban (Contributor), Blackwell Publishing (2004), 

This book maintains and adapts the insights and conceptual models of value today, while reflecting many new ideas, angles and modes of thinking concerning how agricultural extension is taught and carried through today.

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Dynamics of Rural Innovation A primer for emerging professional 

Rhiannon  Pyburn  and Jim Woodhill (eds.)
Royal Tropical Institute (KIT)-2011

This book offers young professionals and students insight into the theory and practice of ‘innovation systems’. It covers important background and concepts, the ‘how to’ of facilitating innovation, and the role of the broader context. The book is about the dynamics of rural innovation – how to work with the changing nature of both the context and people involved in rural innovation processes and how to facilitate networks of stakeholders to stimulate innovation.

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Enhancing Agricultural Innovation- “How to Go Beyond the Strengthening of Research Systems”

World Bank (2007).

Andy Hall, Willem Janssen, Eija Pehu & Riikka Rajalahti

This book evaluates real- world innovation systems and assesses the usefulness of the concept in guiding investments to support knowledge-intensive, sustainable agriculture development for the Bank’s client countries and their collaborators. A typology of innovation systems is developed; strategies to guide investments for strengthening innovation capacity are drawn up; and concrete interventions options are identified.

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Putting heads together: Agricultural innovation platforms in practice

Suzanne Nederlof, Mariana Wongtschowski & Femke van der Lee.

Royal Tropical Institute (KIT)-2012. This book provides new information on the performance of innovation platforms in developing countries, offers options to policy makers, and inspires all actors involved in one way or another in stimulating innovation in the agricultural sector. It brings together twelve stories from the field about creating and working with innovation platforms in Africa. It is the result of practitioners putting their heads together to analyses their experiences, and to draw lessons from them.

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Agricultural Innovation Systems: An Investment Source book

World Bank(2012),

This source book draws on the emerging principles of Agricultural Innovation Systems (AIS) analysis and action to help identify, design, and implement the investments, approaches, and complementary interventions that appear most likely to strengthen innovation system and promote agricultural innovation and equitable growth. Although the source book discusses why investments in Agricultural Innovation Systems are becoming so important, it gives most of its attention to how specific approaches and practices can foster innovation in a range of contexts.Module 3 on this publication Investment in Extension and Advisory Services as Part of Agricultural Innovation Systems looks at the history and current status of extension and advisory services and examines important topics such as pluralism, new roles for extension, new kinds of service providers, ICTs, andagribusiness.

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A guide to innovation in informal settings

Susan Cozzens and Judith Sutz 2012

This publication presents a framework that can be used by researchers, policymakers, and others to examine and support such inclusive innovation.

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Renewing innovation systems in agriculture and food

Coudel E., Devautour H., Soulard C.T., Faure G., Hubert B., 2012.

This book demonstrates that innovation is the result of a confrontation between visions of actors who often have divergent interests. There is no single path towards sustainable development and we must find ways to encourage the emergence and co-existence of different types of agriculture and food systems. In this discussion it is important to consider what kind of sustainable development societies really want. Which innovations will help in achieving these developments? What role can research and public policies play in supporting the emergence of these innovations? This book takes the debate beyond the purely technical options and considers social and institutional innovations as well.

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Realizing the Potential of Agricultural Innovation in Family Farming

This folder aims to share with institutions, organizations and possible donors the activities that FAO’s Research and Extension Branch (OEKR) is developing in the field of agricultural innovation systems in family farming. It is designed as a folder with a general description of OEKR work and definitions of agricultural innovation systems and family farming.

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Innovations in Rural Extension 

Case Studies from Bangladesh (by Paul Van Mele et al., 2005) examines approaches to extension, presents insights in what contributed to their success and assesses their potential for replicability and scaling-up. The main sections of the book cover gender, innovative farmer training methodologies, enterprise webs and seed systems.

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Pathways to collaborative action: transforming agricultural, land and food systems, Ecoagriculture Discussion Paper No. 10, 2013

The complex nature of agricultural and food systems creates the case for strong cross-sector Collaboration. While many people are aware of the need to collaborate, the capacity for collaborative action is often lacking. In other words, the challenge is figuring out both what collaboration looks like and how to collaborate. Then there is the task of finding the opportunities and resources to do so. This paper starts with a review of the scale of the challenge, and then it looks briefly at what we already know we need to do. The concept of collaboration is introduced – both as a strategic capability and an opportunity to make progress in the face of complexity and uncertainty. The difference between collaboration and coordination is explained, and cross-sectoral collaboration is described. Next, the question of ‘how’ to collaborate is addressed, delving into both theory and practice. The key message is that the process of collaboration is as important as the outcome. This paper seeks to inspire others to collaborate and ensure they are better equipped to do so. 

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Tools and Methodologies for Collaborating with Lead Firms: A Practitioner’s Manual Action for Enterprise, March 2014

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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Conservation agriculture with trees: principles and practice - A simplified guide for ExtensionStaff 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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Farmer field schools: From agricultural extension to adult education,  International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, March 2014

This report, Farmer field schools: from agricultural extension to adult education, Systematic Review Summary 1, is a summary of the full review that is designed to be useful to policymakers and practitioners.

 

 

 

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Article: Journal of Extension
EXPANDING THE REACH OF EXTENSION THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA 
June 2014, (Volume 52 /No 3) 

With increasing numbers of the public using social media applications, Extension professionals have the ability to apply these same tools to connect with their clients. This article demonstrates how a social media toolset can be employed by Extension professionals by identifying how Extension professionals are currently using social media, illustrating how social media can be integrated into outreach and measured, and describing opportunities and challenges for Extension professionals enhancing their work with social media. 

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Read this and many other interesting articles in the June Issue of JoE (http://www.joe.org/

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Video Lessons - National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), Hyderabad, India

This link will take you to the video lessons on 10 major courses offered by MANAGE as part of its Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Agricultural Extension (PGDAEM). These videos should be of use not only to the PGDAEM students, but also for other students and teachers in Agricultural Extension

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Global Good Practices in Rural Advisory Services Initiative 

Note 1: INNOVATION PLATFORMS

Innovation is stimulated when multiple actors (farmers, NGOs, service providers, traders, agro-dealers, researchers, policy makers) interact and share their ideas, knowledge and opinions to come up with new solutions. Innovation platforms can be used by advisory services and other actors as a means to bring different actors together to discuss and negotiate collective or coordinated action.

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Innovation in Family Farming: The State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA), FAO (2014)

This report was released today at the World Food Day Celebrations at FAO, Rome. CHAPTER 5 of this report deals with AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION AND ADVISORY SERVICES FOR FAMILY FARMS “Agricultural extension and advisory services are central to achieving sustainable productivity growth among family farms. By facilitating farmers’ access to information, such services can help reduce the gap between potential and actual yields and improve farmers’ management skills (Anderson and Feder, 2007). They can help agriculture become an engine of pro-poor growth and equip small family farms to meet new challenges, including access to markets, adoption of environmentally sustainable production methods, and responses to climate change (Birner et al., 2009). However, far too many family farms do not have regular access to extension services”.

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Improving Public Agricultural Extension Services in Bangladesh Using the M4P Approach

Case Study No 7, Katalyst, Bangladesh October 2014

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Rural Innovations @ Grassroots”-Mining the Minds of Masses. R. KalpanaSastry; O. K. Tara, 2014. ICAR-NAARM

The book comprises of thirteen case studies across different sub-sectors of agricultural systems and presents the plethora of problems faced by rural communities including the farmers and the practitioners of traditional knowledge and practices. A major section of farmers, rural artisans and knowledge holders comprise the grassroots rural innovation system and continue to contribute to technology development. This system is driven by necessity and an innate drive to look at immediate problems encountered by them at their localized situations. It is in this context that an attempt has been made through an analytic approach, to understand the innovation processes leading to solutions to the challenges faced by the users. These case studies have been presented as interesting stories and each story gives the twists and turns in the lives of the innovator to arrive at the innovation which finally serves the community at large. This book epitomizes the importance of all such innovations in the rural landscape and how the idea got translated into a product or service. An understanding of the intricacies in these techno-social products also brings forth the need to look at the gaps and the linkages that needs to be forged towards bettering the livelihoods of rural innovators. 

For copies of this publication, kindly email at kalpana@naarm.ernet.in

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Latest issue of the Journal of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development Vol 6, No 4, April 2014 ISSN 2141-2170 is available online

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Assessment of Extension and Advisory Methods and Approaches to Reach Rural Women – Examples from Bangladesh 

MEAS Evaluation Series June 2014 

Rasheed Sulaiman V & T.S. Vamsidhar Reddy

Center for Research in Innovation and Science Policy, Hyderabad, India

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Assessment of extension and advisory methods and approaches to reach rural women – Examples from India

MEAS Evaluation Series June 2014 

Rasheed Sulaiman V & T.S. Vamsidhar Reddy 

Center for Research in Innovation and Science Policy, Hyderabad, India

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