Knowledge

Author:
Ian Christoplos
Year:
2010

Mobilising the potential of extension Page 01This paper presents an overview of current opportunities and challenges facing efforts to increase the impact of rural and agricultural extension. The starting point for this analysis is in recognition that the days when agricultural extension was synonymous with the work of public sector agencies are over. The ‘extension services’ described here may just as likely consist of an input vendor advising a farmer about what seed to plant, a television station broadcasting a weather forecast, a supermarket advising traders about what standards are required for the vegetables they purchase or a farmer organization lobbying for research that refl ects the demands of its members for new technologies. Mobilizing the potential of extension is about enhancing this broad and complex fl ow of information and advice in the agrifood sector. The ideas presented here describe how extension systems can contribute to the improvement of the profi tability, sustainability and equity of smallholder agriculture within broader innovation systems. This paper outlines the potential role of extension in achieving the aims of the L’Aquila Food Security Initiative, which has mobilized a massive international commitment to enhancing food security. Effective extension systems are a precondition but not a guarantee that these aims can be achieved. Extension will only be effective if other services are in place, if research is focused on the problems facing farmers, if markets and land are accessible and if there is suffi cient social, political and economic security in place to create an enabling environment for rural development. Extension is part of agricultural knowledge and information systems, which are in turn part of the agrifood and rural development innovation systems that frame the prospects for rural poverty alleviation and food security. Extension has a crucial contribution to make to these broader systems

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Author:
Samir Ranjan Bordoloi
Year:
2016

A success story with use of local resources to make farming profitable . Maintaining soil health is to be the main aim of a farmer and in that regard Bamboo made bio intensive raised beds plays a vital role to provide good food and help us in profitable farming .

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PIM organized a workshop at IFPRI on October 15-16, 2013. Approximately 35 participants from the CGIAR, universities, multilateral agencies, NGOs, regional networks, private sector, and donor organizations attended the event. The aim of the workshop was to prepare the ground for developing a coordinated research program on extension led by PIM and addressing not only the CGIAR but the development community more broadly. Participants heard presentations on innovative approaches to extension, extension needs and programs in the different regions, and extension research areas. They discussed how extension has evolved from the old “training and visit” model to a complex and pluralistic environment, with extension playing the role of a broker between different actors. See also http://www.pim.cgiar.org/2013/11/14/summary-of-pims-extension-workshop-now-available/
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Author:
Hernán González Mejía
Les aporto este documento con algunas ideas sobre aspectos institucionales de la extensión rural. Espero que sean de interés
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Author:
Hernán González Mejía
Aporto a su organización un trabajo de caracterización que tuve la oportunidad de elaborar sobre la caracterización de la extensión rural en América Latina y el Caribe. Espero que sea de interés.
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