Workshops and Seminars

November 20, 2013 - Agricultural Sector Council Webinar hosted by Agrilinks

Scaling the Uptake of Ag Innovation - The Role of Sustainable Extension and Advisory Services

Achieving large-scale adoption of agricultural innovations among resource poor farmers has taken many forms through development history. Many successive approaches have all won pockets of success, yet all have largely been abandoned (or soon will be) in the search for more effective, less-costly, broadly replicable means of inducing technological change among the poor. What have these experiences taught us? What is the proper role of agricultural extension and advisory services in facilitating technological change? How can the services and opportunities that extension efforts offer be expanded and sustained?

USAID works with local partner Farms Inputs Promotion-Africa to help increase the productivity and incomes of rural farming families in Kenya as part of the U.S. Government's Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative, Feed the Future.

Paul McNamara and Brent Simpson, Project Director and Deputy Director of the USAID Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services (MEAS) project, spoke on the sustainable financing of extension services for scaling the adoption of agricultural innovations. The presenters provided an overview of alternative means of offering and financing agricultural extension services and the issues surrounding the various approaches. Drawing insights from comparative country experiences and agricultural history to frame the challenge of sustainable agricultural extension services, the presentation explored: the challenges of the uniqueness of agricultural and small-holder systems to scaling efforts; and the contribution of sustainably financed extension services to small-holder farmers access and adoption of new agricultural technologies at relevant scales.

June 5-7, 2013:
MEAS Symposium on Extension and Advisory Services

(click link above for description)

May 15 to 17, 2013 at Njala University, Sierra Leone:

Njala - MEAS Short Course 

Participation in this course is by invitation only.

May 18 to June 12, 2013:

MEAS Summer Institute 2013

Click here to access the report on the summer institute.

May 27 to 30, 2013 in Kumasi, Ghana:

MEAS-AGRA Workshop on Strengthening Extension Training for Graduate Students

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa’s (AGRA) Soil Health Program in collaboration with Modernizing Extension and Advisory Systems (MEAS) and Kwame Nkrumah University for Science Technology (KNUST) hosted this workshop from 27-30 May 2013. Participation in this workshop was by invitation only.

April 17, 2013

Mobilizing Extension and Advisory Services to Improve Food Security and the Livelihoods of the Rural Poor

How can GFRAS and its members, MEAS, USDA/NIFA, USAID, the World Bank, INGOs, and IFPRI jointly support this?

on April 17, 2013 from 8:30am – 12:30 pm in Room 3109, South Building, USDA, Washington DC

The summary of the preceding e-discussion is available for download below or by clicking on this link

Agriculture Extension and Advisory Services under the New Normal of Climate Change

February 20, 2013, AgSector Council Seminar, Washington, D.C.

Since the domestication  of crops and emergence of sedentary societies, our species has never faced a more serious challenge than that which we will confront in adapting to climate change. The scale is global, potential magnitude of impacts catastrophic, timing of onsets unknown, response formulation, and proactive preparation are the first steps, and will be iterative as our knowledge expands and new interactions and effects manifest themselves. Extension change agents and advisory service (EAS) providers in particular will be called upon to serve both as the critical link between farmers and sources of information and tools, and as the facilitators of widespread behavioral adaptation. As we move forward, persistent problems, past failures, and new challenges within EAS provisioning have the potential to converge in a perfect storm as the scramble to adapt to the new normal of life under climate change intensifies. At this seminar, the presenters will outline the nature of the challenges, identify past and present points of successful EAS engagement, and discuss necessary areas of preparation. own, and increased risks due to delayed action real. In the years to come, climate change, coupled with population growth and energy and natural resource depletion, will increasingly challenge our continued ability to feed ourselves.

National Agricultural Extension Policies – Improving the Enabling Environment for Effective RAS

Afternoon Seminar, September 25th, 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
In conjunction with the GFRAS 3rd Annual Meeting - Manila, Philippines

Presentations (click title to download or scroll to bottom of this page for downloadable files)

Developing National Extension Policies - Experiences and Recommendations from 


  • Liberia - National Policy for Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services
    Stakeholder Workshop, July 3, 2012
New Perspectives on Rural Extension

March 29, 2011, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
USAID, 1325 G Street, Suite 400, Washington, D.C.

The USAID Agriculture Sector Council 

Individual Seminars Given by MEAS Team Members
  • Paul McNamara: "Leading Issues in International Agricultural Extension: Lessons from MEAS Experience", University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, January 28, 2013
  • Brent Simpson, MSU
  • Brent Simpson, India
  • David Ghandi, Catholic Relief Services on behalf of MEAS as part of the 3rd Njala University/University of Illinois workshop on Sustainable Agriculture, Environment and Community, January 2012, Njala, Sierra Leone on January 7, 2012
  • USAID Evidence Summit on Agricultural Technology Adoption and Food Security in Africa June 1-2, 2011, in Washington, D.C.
    B.E. Swanson and P. Hixson
  • USAID Agriculture Core Course
    June 8, 2011, in Washington, D.C.
    B.E. Swanson 
  • USAID Agriculture Core Course
    Dec 15, 2011, in Washington, D.C.
    B.E. Swanson, A. Bohn

Learning Exchange on 
Best Fit Approaches in 
Extension and Advisory Services 

(Click on the title to access full program and presentations)

June 6-8, 2012
The Conference Center, 20 F Street NW, Washington D.C  

Extension Related Conferences

Follow this link for information on extension related workshops and conferences sponsored by other organizations.

Further below the MEAS presentations are available for download and dissemination. 

A selection of MEAS presentations is also available at


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 2011-06-01 USAID Evidence Summit
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 2011-06-08 USAID Agriculture Core Course
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 2011-07-30 at Bangladesh Agricultural University
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 2012-09-25 National Extension Policies
ć Kamau, M - Extension Policy Dev Kenya - Manila 2012_09_25.pptx
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ć McNamara, P - 5 Key Dimensions of Extension Policy - Manila 2012_09_25.pptx
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