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Many of the links to documents mentioned are no longer available on this site. 

Rather, all MEAS publications are available at and also on Agrilinks,  

NEW: Extension Core Competency Handbook 

This handbook is designed as a reference manual for front-line extension staff to use in their day-to-day work. It offers a set of tools for effective communication, program planning and evaluation. It is meant to support and educate agricultural extension workers worldwide. The intended audiences of this handbook include: governmental agriculture, fisheries, natural resources and community development ministry officials; governmental and non-governmental extension district/regional managers; extension-related faculty and their students (pre-service extension workers); and field-level agents, whether governmental, non-governmental or for-profit. We hope that this handbook will help advance efforts to empower and continue educating extension personnel through in-service training opportunities, continuing education programming and “train-the-trainer” programs. Such efforts may include targeting specific tools of interest to audiences and inviting scholars/practitioners to teach participants about them.

Over the past few months MEAS held several write shops in collaboration with partners in Ghana, Uganda, and Liberia [click each country for details]. During these write shops the participants used a range of MEAS material (tip sheets, case studies, conference material, etc.) do created derivative products that will be used in their institutions to meet specific training and skill building needs. 

There is a Technical Note that describes how to facilitate such write shops. Click this link or download from below.

MEAS provides user-friendly materials for dissemination as well as training programs that promote new strategies and approaches to rural extension and advisory service delivery. The modules and their brief descriptions are being published upon approval as "in progress". Upon completion, the training material will be made accessible as well.


Preparing Smallholder Farm Families to Adapt to Climate Change

CRS-MEAS Pocket Guides on: 

SMART Skills for Smallholder Farmers

MEAS supported the development of the Smart Skills Suite in collaboration with Catholic Relief Services, CRS. The final versions (in English) are available online at the links provided below. The manuals will soon also be available in French and Spanish.

§  SMART Skills (Intro): 

§  Organizing and Managing Farmers’ Groups:

§  Understanding Natural Resources:

§  Managing Natural Resources:

§  Marketing Basics:

§  Promoting Innovation:

This narrated presentation describes the five skills sets that enable smallholder farmer groups to engage successfully with markets: group management, financial management, marketing and enterprise development, natural resource management for sustainable production and innovation.

MEAS Training Modules

(Click on the title below to access the material)

  • Integrating Gender into Extension Services 
    by Kathleen E. Colverson, University of Florida

    The analysis and incorporation of gender issues is rarely included in extension work. Yet, women are the primary agricultural labor force throughout the world and perform agricultural tasks with fewer resources, less access to technology and the added responsibility of child and family oversight. The vast majority of extension agents are male, and are not trained in how to work with women farmers. Few recognize the contributions that women make to agriculture, nor are they aware of how best to serve this population’s needs. As extension remains a significant resource of information for limited resource farmers, (the majority of whom are women), the inclusion of methodologies and approaches that address gender is critical for extension’s success.

    See also the International Livestock Research Institute's training manual, "Closing the Gender Gap" from April 2013.

  • MEAS Training Guide for Working with Women’s Groups in the Middle East and North Africa

- Based on the Five SMART Skills, shortened and adapted  

- Click here to access the guides and power point packages

  • Strengthening Program Development Competencies   by Amy Harder and Glenn Israel, University of Florida  
    This curriculum is focused on building the educational
    capacity within extension and advisory systems by strengthening program development competencies.
  • Evaluating Extension Programs     
    by Murari Suvedi, Michigan State University We are in an era of accountability. The demand for program evaluation information is growing.  Because the need to support developmental programs is increasing ...

Picture credit: Brent Simpson      

What doth an Extensionist Make?

Read more about these "New Extensionists" in a recent GFRAS publication (

Required Skills, Knowledge and Mindsets of Extensionists - Several sources are cited to show similarities and differences with regard to skills, knowledge, and mindsets deemed critical for those who provide extension services.

Degree Program Options for Extension Professionals - Examples from Africa, Asia, and Latin America

Certification Programs for Extension Professionals - Examples from Europe, the U.S.A., and Asia

Professional Associations of Extension Professionals - Examples
"Extension and advisory services are expected to do everything now from organize farmer groups to teach on nutrition and health. In today's changing and complex world, what is the role of EAS? And what capabilities are needed to equip EAS to play their role in reducing hunger and poverty?" ....

MEAS Technical Note 
Adaptation to Climate Change — Training Material from Various Sources