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Perspectives of Agricultural Extension Module

The Perspectives of Agricultural Extension aims at providing Agricultural Information and Communication Management (AICM) students with an understanding of the perspectives of agricultural extension. Specifically, the module aims to:
  • Enable student understanding of agricultural extension perspectives in the current changing scenario of agriculture

  • Enhance students’ understanding of Information and Communication Technology and Management within the existing agricultural extension system and the changes that need to be considered

    Open Educational Resources, AgShare Africa

Agricultural Extension in Transition Worldwide

A free online course in 9 parts prepared by Bill Rivera and Magdalena Blum for FAO (posted in 2009). 

Target group: Policy-makers, senior management and senior extension staff in agricultural extension. Students of agriculture, rural development and extension may find it useful, too. Contact for more information.

Rural Extension, Volume III : Training Concepts and Tools

[Ed. by Maria Gerster-Bentaya and Volker Hoffmann]

The completely new third volume is of special interest to those involved in the training of extension workers as well as to academic staff. It provides comprehensive guidance and assistance in areas such as training concepts and tools, course outlines and modules. This publication is available free of charge to citizens of ACP countries via the CTA. 

More info, also about Volumes I and II, is at

Note that the print version of Volume III does not contain specific workshop material (i.e., presentations, handouts, examples, photos, graphs). However, these are available for download at In the field below "Softlink", enter ruralvol3, and click go. The material posted there is being expanded overtime. Downloading and modification of the material is encouraged! 

Weblinks for Extension Training Materials:


Wageningen University Centre for Development Innovation: 

Eldis- site for sharing best practices for development, policy and practice:

Participatory Training and Evaluation Resources 
  • Training through Dialogue: Promoting Effecitve Learning and Change with Adults, Jane Vella, 1995. Josey-Bass, Inc. Publishers 
  • Outcome Mapping: Building Learning and Reflection into Development Programs, Sarah Earl, Fred Carden, and Terry Smutylo, 2001. International Development Research Centre. 
  • Power, Process and Participation: Tools for Change, Rachel Slocum, Lori Wichart, Dianne Rocheleau, Barbara Thomas-Slayter, 1995. Intermediate Technology Publications. 
  • Learning Together: The Agricultural Worker’s Participatory Sourcebook, 
  • Susan Stewart, B.J. Lundquist, Jennifer Shumaker, Karen Stoufer, 1998. Heifer Project International, Little Rock, AR and Christian Veterinary Mission, Seattle, WA. 
  • From the Roots Up: Strengthening Organizational Capacity through Guided Self-Assessment, Peter Gubbels, Catheryn Koss, 2000. World Neighbors, Oklahoma City, OK. 

National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management, MANAGE, India

The mandate of MANAGE vests the institute with the responsibility to work in the following directions:
  • Developing linkages between prominent state, regional, national and international institutions concerned with agricultural extension management
  • Gaining insight into agricultural extension management systems and policies
  • Forging collaborative linkages with national and international institutions for sharing faculty resource
  • Developing and promoting application of modern management tools for improving the effectiveness of agricultural extension organizations
  • Organizing need based training for senior and middle level agricultural extension functionaries
  • Conducting problem oriented studies on agricultural extension management
  • Serving as an international documentation center for collecting, storing, processing and disseminating information on subjects related to agricultural management.

ACDI/VOCA Value Chain Training


ACDI/VOCA conducts trainings in the value chain approach and its applications for USAID mission and project staff. We also deliver customized training on value chains, value chain analysis and our value chain approach for other interested entities working on economic development issues in emerging economies. Participants in our trainings are able to use the value chain approach as a tool to understand trends in global markets and conditions under which micro- and small enterprises can contribute to and benefit from increased global competitiveness." 

Online course offerings from Village Earth at Colorado State University. For additional information click on specific course. Most courses cost $390. These are the courses currently offered (click on title):

Colorado State University offers a Community Development Certificate, see

FAO/EU Courses on Food Security(
  • Markets Assessment and Analysis

Participatory Innovation Development, PID

Training materials on PID, published by AGRIDEA: