William 'Bill' McLeod Rivera, University of Maryland (emeritus)

Presentation given at MEAS GLEE on June 6, 2012: 

The Missing Link

SustainableFinancing of EAS for Small Holders

William M. Rivera specializes in agricultural knowledge support services, particularly agricultural extension and agricultural post-secondary education, focusing on capacity building and institutional reform.

Retired Professor, formerly in College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Maryland, College Park Professor Rivera has 25 years of international experience. His international experience includes consultancies to Canada, Chile, Egypt, El Salvador, Ghana, Jamaica, India, Malawi, Mexico, Mozambique, The Netherlands, Paraguay, People's Republic of China, St. Lucia, Senegal, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, Venezuela, Yemen, and Zambia. He has served as chief of party, team member, or individual consultant for project supervision, evaluation and formulation missions aimed at achieving policy and institutional goals for agricultural and human resources development. This institutional and program development focus continues to guide his academic writing as well as his practical activities.

Dr. Rivera has contributed over 100 refereed publications and several edited books to the literature, stressing the importance of aligning agricultural policy and institutional and program development expectations. He has a Masters in Economics (The American University) and a Ph.D. in Adult Education (Syracuse University). 


His monographs include Policy Issues and Process (1982, UMCP); Comparative Extension (1985, UMCP); Agricultural Extension Worldwide: Issues Practices and Emerging Priorities and Planning Adult Learning, both published in 1987 (London: Croom Helm) and Agricultural Extension: Worldwide Institutional Evolution and Forces for Change (1991): Amsterdam: Elsevier Science Publishers). He was lead author of Designing Studies of Extension Program Results (USDA, 2 vols., 1983) and was lead organizer and writer of the World Bank policy publication, Agricultural Extension: the Next Step (1991). In 1995, he published Agriculture Extension in Transition Worldwide: Structural, Financial and Managerial Reform Strategies. He contributed a chapter to the FAO Agricultural Extension: Reference Manual (1997, 3rd ed.) on "'Privatizing Agricultural Extension Worldwide: Institutional Changes in Funding and Delivering Agricultural Extension." In 2002, he developed a report for the FAO on "Preparing and Upgrading the Agricultural Extension Workforce: Extension Education and Inservice Training at Four Agricultural Higher Education Institutions." In 2003, he edited with W. Zijp a compilation on Contracting for Agricultural Extension: International Case Studies and Emerging Practices. He organized and edited with then World Bank consultant, Gary Alex, the World Bank 5-volume publication on Extension Reform for Rural Development (2004).  In 2008 he produced for the FAO a  200-page text on Agricultural Extension in Transition Worldwide, which has been published online with a CD for distribution in Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2008 he was invited to Bogotá by the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia to speak on agricultural extension. He continues to publish regularly in professional journals.

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