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Conducting an Institutional Analysis of Public, Private and Civil Society Organizations Providing Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services

posted May 25, 2011, 1:11 PM by Andrea Bohn
     by Burton E. Swanson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This module provides an analytical framework to be used in systematically assessing the primary organizational goals, functions, resources and linkages of different extension organizations within an agricultural innovation systems framework.

The module begins by identifying those organizations that provide different types of extension services to different groups of farmers, but especially to the rural poor including small-scale and women farmers, the landless and ethnic minorities, and rural young people. Each of these organizations should be assessed in light of the following agricultural development goals: achieving national and household food security, increasing farm income and improving rural livelihoods, and working toward the sustainable use of natural resources within the country.

The module then moves through a series of indicators that can be used to assess the strengths and weaknesses of each organization being considered for inclusion in a proposed project to strengthen agricultural extension services.

Module 3 of the Basic MEAS
Course on Agricultural Extension

This module is intended for self-study.
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Expected completion date:  August 2011