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Transforming and Strengthening Agricultural Extension Systems: Investment Options and Priorities

posted May 25, 2011, 12:45 PM by Andrea Bohn
     by Burton E. Swanson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This module will examine different investment options, priorities, and procedures needed to address specific institutional and resource weaknesses within existing agricultural extension systems and/or in considering alternative approaches of strengthening specific extension functions.

After first considering the advantages and disadvantages of a best-fit or best-practice strategy, specific organizational structure issues and management procedures will be examined. The underlying hypothesis of this discussion is that to improve rural livelihoods, it will be necessary to create a more decentralized, participatory, and market-driven extension system.

Second, we will consider investment options in strengthening the extension infrastructure (e.g., ITCS center and Internet connectivity of the field staff) or other essential functions.

Third, we will consider the types of investments needed to strengthen the human resource capacity of all extension staff, especially the field extension staff in using participatory methods.

Finally, we will examine the type of financial investments that may be needed to strengthen the capacity of extension organizations and possible agreements that may be needed to ensure the financial sustainability of the strengthened agricultural extension system.

Module 4 of the Basic MEAS Course on Agricultural Extension

This module is intended for self-study.
  • The course material, additional resources, and assessment tool will be attached below.
  • The video lecture will be made available at https://all.extension.illinois.edu/MEAS.
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Expected completion date:  August 2011
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