Non-Governmental Organizations

engaged in rural extension and advisory services and operating in multiple countries worldwide

Worldwide, many non governmental organizations provide extension services to the rural poor to help them increase food production
in a sustainable fashion for home consumption or sale. While extension activities are usually not the main thrust of these organizations, each of the ones listed below have success stories of how to modernize extension to tell.

Three NGOs are partners in MEAS and we are open to collaborations with others.

Catholic Relief Services, CRS and

"CRS promotes human development by responding to major emergencies, fighting disease and poverty, and nurturing peaceful and just societies. CRS works with local, national and international institutions and structures to assist people on the basis of need in over 90 countries on five continents without regard to race, creed or nationality. Its agricultural programs respond to needs of poor populations in a continuum from relief to growth. The four pillars of CRS' agricultural strategy enable communities to achieve appropriate and immediate response to natural disasters and civil strife, good human health and nutrition, sound management of their natural resources and increased incomes for improved livelihoods.”

Winrock International,


Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education, SAFE


The following list of NGO is far from comprehensive. In fact, there are many NGO that operate locally, some of which are being captured in the worldwide study of extension systems ( Furthermore, being listed here does not imply that MEAS endorses the work of these NGOs in any way. The intent is provide a platform that gives easy access to numerous resources.



Action Aid,

"ActionAid is an international anti-poverty agency whose aim is to fight poverty worldwide. Formed in 1972, for over 30 years we have been growing and expanding to where we are today - helping over 13 million of the world's poorest and most disadvantaged people in 42 countries worldwide.


Action in Community Environment in Africa,

"ACE Africa works in rural, resource poor areas of Kenya and Tanzania supporting communities affected by HIV and AIDS to provide care for orphans, vulnerable children and their families through sustainable, cost effective and community led solutions."



"Dedicated to alleviating poverty by empowering the poor to bring about change in their own lives. We were founded in Bangladesh in 1972, and over the course of our evolution, established ourselves as a pioneer in recognising and tackling the many different realities of poverty."



"Agriculture and Natural Resources:  CARE helps families produce more food and increase their income while managing their natural resources and preserving the environment for future generations. CARE works with farmers to increase their crop and livestock yields through activities such as planting new seed varieties, animal husbandry, home gardening and irrigation. Economic Development: CARE's economic development programs assist impoverished families by supporting moneymaking activities, especially those operated by women. CARE initiates community savings-and-loan programs and provides technical training to help people begin or expand small businesses that will increase family income." Source:




Emmanuel International,

"Emmanuel Relief & Rehabilitation International (Emmanuel International for short) is an international, interdenominational, evangelical agency which assists communities worldwide through the agency of their local churches to meet the needs of the poor. Founded in 1975 by Rev. George Middleton, EI has a proven record of commitment, care and compassion in meeting these needs."


Heifer International,

"Heifer's mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth. By giving families a hand-up, not just a hand-out, we empower them to turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope. With gifts of livestock and training, we help families improve their nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways. We refer to the animals as "living loans" because in exchange for their livestock and training, families agree to give one of its animal's offspring to another family in need. It's called Passing on the Gift – a cornerstone of our mission that creates an ever-expanding network of hope and peace."

  Land O'Lakes International Development,

"Since 1981, Land O’Lakes International Development has applied an integrated approach to international economic development that capitalizes on our company’s nearly 90 years as a leading farm-to-market agribusiness. We use our practical experience and in-depth knowledge to facilitate market-driven business solutions that generate economic growth, improve health and nutrition, and alleviate poverty."


Plan International,

Skills Training, Farm Focus: "Our agriculture and natural resource management work helps communities in a variety of ways - from providing training in farming techniques to environmental education. In Thailand, for example, a scheme to promote organic farming for cash and for families' own consumption has been very popular. Farmers from more than 660 families were taught organic farming practices, while their children learnt how to grow organic vegetables on school farms. Plan also implements some urban agricultural initiatives. For example, Plan Ethiopia's bio-intensive home gardening vegetable production programme has helped Addis Ababa households to boost their nutritious food consumption and generate cash." Source:


The Hunger Project,


World Vision,

Directory of Development Organizations, lists 65,000 development organizations; was prepared to facilitate international cooperation and knowledge sharing in development work, both among civil society organizations, academic and research institutions, governments and the private sector.