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Strengthening Program Development Competencies

 by Amy Harder and Glenn Israel, University of Florida
Introduction:

This curriculum is focused on building the educational capacity within extension and advisory systems by strengthening program development competencies. Extension and advisory service personnel in developing countries typically have technical knowledge and skills, but very often lack the necessary knowledge and skills that constitute educational capacity. Neglecting to develop the educational capacity of extension and advisory service personnel in developing countries will perpetuate systemic weaknesses and limit the potential for those systems to effectively address the needs of farmers.

Target Audience:

This curriculum is targeted at Ministry of Agriculture, non-governmental organization, and civil organization directors and field agents who facilitate the training of other field staff working directly with small-scale farmers in Feed the Future countries.
Curriculum Overview:

Programs are the educational foundation upon which extension and advisory service efforts to achieve food security and economic development are built. Over the course of the three day curriculum, key concepts in program planning, monitoring and evaluation, and implementation will be explored. Participatory methods will be emphasized throughout the curriculum to promote the empowerment of small-scale farmers and the development of farmer-led initiatives. Lecture, hands-on activities such as case study analysis and worksheets, and guided reflection and discussion will be the primary teaching methods used. The program will conclude with an evaluation of participants’ learning. By the completion of the curriculum, participants will be prepared to apply their skills and knowledge to develop and implement training to build the program development competencies of field staff within their organizations.

The Training Manual, handouts, and presentations are attached below and can be easily downloaded.

We invite users to widely share the material. We would appreciate feedback on how it is being used and welcome suggestions for improvements.

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Program and Behavioral Objectives:

1. By the end of the program, participants will be able to identify opportunities to integrate small-scale farmers into the program development process, as determined by responses to self-study exam questions.

2. By the end of the program, participants will be able to articulate and explain the major components of the program development process, as determined by responses to self-study exam questions.

3. By the end of the program, participants will be able to create a sample of a program plan that could be implemented with small-scale farmers, as determined by responses on program planning worksheets.
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