Extension Policy

MEAS collaborates with GFRAS in the Extension Policy Working group. 

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The GFRAS policy group was formed at the request of the GFRAS steering committee due to the high level of interest in this topic, especially in Africa.

The working group will:

  • Harmonize activities within policy making for extension and advisory services
  • Link demands to resources within policy activities
  • Make information and resources publicly available on the relevant web sites

GFRAS Policy Meeting, 13 March 2013, Hotel Roodevallei, Pretoria, South Africa

icon pdf Report Policy Meeting 2013 Pretoria (pdf 711KB)

icon pdf K-Davis Introduction (pdf 621KB)

icon pdf M-Kamau Kenya Steps of policy development (pdf 624KB)

icon pdf L-Botsheleng Consulation process (pdf 778 KB)

icon pdf M-Zinnah Challenges of follow up (pdf 348KB)

icon pdf M-Eweg Summary Tips for implementation and stakeholder engagement (pdf 155KB)

icon pdf M-Olupot Summary Areas for harmonisation key questions (pdf 85KB)

National Agricultural Extension Policies – Improving the Enabling Environment for Effective RAS

In conjunction with the GFRAS 3rd Annual Meeting - Manila, Philippines

Presentations (click title to download or scroll to bottom of this page for downloadable files)

Developing National Extension Policies - Experiences and Recommendations from 

It may come as a surprise, but globally there are few examples of validated national agricultural extension policies. Policies that effect the provision of agricultural extension and advisory services are more typically written in the larger context of policies for the agricultural sector overall. 

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Photos: Above: Paul McNamara, Below: Vickie Sigman. Courtesy GFRAS

In Liberia, the Ministry of Agriculture has committed to developing and finalizing a national policy on agricultural extension. The Ministry has expressed interest in a policy framework that would support an appropriate agricultural extension system that is demand-driven and farmer-led. Furthermore, the MOA has expressed an interest in retooling the MOA extension service to better support market-oriented extension as well as facilitating public-private partnerships within the delivery of extension services and programs in Liberia. The process of developing the national extension policy is seen as an opportunity for extension management capacity development, including working on delegation of some policy development tasks and seeking out input from farmers and agribusiness actors. The outcome of this process was shared with the participants.

In June 2012 the Government of Kenya passed the National Agricultural Sector Extension Policy (NASEP). The participants discussed the sometimes not so smooth road towards achieving this major milestones and whether the policy is starting to have a positive impact.

This seminar was set up to provide plenty of time for participants to share the status of national extension policy development in their home countries, what difficulties were encountered and how they were overcome. The participants elaborated what should be the key elements of such a policy.

National Policy for Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services in Liberia

Monrovia, July 3, 2012

Follow link to view the the presentation on Development and Validation of Liberia’s National Policy for Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services. given by Dr. Vickie Sigman and Thomas Gbokie Jr.  on May 21, 2013 at the AIAEE conference in Fort Worth, Texas

Towards a New Extension Policy for South Africa 

Sharma, Rita (2002) Reform in Agricultural Extension: New Policy Framework. Economic and Political Weekly. Vol. 37, No. 30 (Jul. 27 - Aug. 2, 2002), pp. 3124-3131

Published by: Economic and Political Weekly
Article Stable URL:http://www.jstor.org/stable/4412413 

Qamar M.K. (2005) Modernizing National Agricultural Extension Systems: A practical guide for policy makers of developing countries, FAO, Rome. www.fao.org/sd/dim_kn3/kn3_060401_en.htm


ECDPM: Linking Policy and Practice in International Cooperation, www.ecdpm.org

RELATED - Food Policy Case Studies

During the last 5 years Dr. Per Pinstrup-Andersen has worked with more than 100 colleagues from around the world to develop 78 case studies on various aspects of food policy for use in university-level teaching.  

The cases are available on the web in open access at http://cip.cornell.edu/gfs. They have used them at Cornell to the great satisfaction of the students (both undergraduates and graduate students) and they are being used at several other universities.  A set of the cases may be used as the sole teaching material for a course on food policy or individual cases may be used to supplement courses.  

There is no charge or registration requirements for using the cases.  They may be used independently or together with a textbook that Per Pinstrup-Andersen wrote with Derrill Watson (Food Policy for Developing Countries, Cornell University Press, 2011) available in hardcover and ebook.   


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