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
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.
In conjunction with the GFRAS 3rd Annual Meeting - Manila, Philippines
New Perspectives on Rural Extension
Individual Seminars Given by MEAS Team Members
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June 6-8, 2012
The Conference Center, 20 F Street NW, Washington D.C
Further below the MEAS presentations are available for download and dissemination.