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.
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.
- Extension Practice for Agricultural Adaptation (February 2016) (available in English)
- Managing Water Resources (published August 2015) (available in English, French, and Spanish)
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): www.crs.org/our-work-overseas/research-publications/smart-skills-rural-development
§ Organizing and Managing Farmers’ Groups: www.crs.org/our-work-overseas/research-publications/organizing-and-managing-farmers-groups
§ Understanding Natural Resources: www.crs.org/our-work-overseas/research-publications/understanding-natural-resources
§ Managing Natural Resources: www.crs.org/our-work-overseas/research-publications/managing-natural-resources
§ Marketing Basics: www.crs.org/our-work-overseas/research-publications/marketing-basics
§ Promoting Innovation: www.crs.org/our-work-overseas/research-publications/promoting-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
- Click here to access the guides and power point packages
- Strengthening Program Development Competencies
by Amy Harder and Glenn Israel, University of
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 ...
- Developing and Utilizing Needs Assessments to Enhance
Farmer-Driven Extension Systems
by Robert Strong, Texas A&M University
- Extension Administration – From Vision to Operations
by Pete Vergot, III, University of Florida
- Distance Learning - A powerful way to provide learning opportunities for pre-service and in-service training for extension professionals
by Karen Vignare, Michigan State University
- Methods and Techniques for Effective Teaching in Extension and Advisory Services
by R. Kirby Barrick, Editor, Department of Agricultural Education and Communication, University of Florida
- Participatory Rural Appraisal
by MANAGE, India
Picture credit: Brent Simpson
MEAS Technical Note
Adaptation to Climate Change — Training Material from Various Sources