Wednesday, June 02, 2010
ONLINE RESOURCE: Global Review of Good Agricultural Extension and Advisory Service Practices (and other readings)
Prolinnova has made available on their website a 2008 publication from FAO on "Global Review of Good Agricultural Extension and Advisory Service Practices".
The purpose of this publication was to identify “good practices” within different agricultural extension and advisory service institutions that have implemented the use of new agricultural innovations in improving rural livelihoods and in educating farmers to use sustainable natural resource management practices in different countries.
The publication reviews the major objectives of extension systems in the agricultural development process. The four major types of objectives include: 1) technology transfer, especially for the staple food crops; 2) human capital development, especially the technical and management skills and knowledge that poorly educated farm-households need to increase farm income; 3) building social capital; and 4) educating farmers to manage natural resources sustainably. These major extension objectives are assessed under different models to draw conclusions as to the manner in which extension systems can be more effectively organized.
The full publication, along with a very good collection of other readings on Participatory Technology/Innovation Development (PTD/PID), are available on Prolinnova’s Selected PTD / PID Readings page.