Global Review of Good Agricultural Extension and Advisory Service Practices

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The purpose of this publication, "Global Review of Good Agricultural Extension and Advisory Service Practices" is to identify good practices within the different agricultural extension and advisory service institutions that have implemented the use of new agricultural innovations in improving rural livelihoods and in educating farmers. Identified also is the use of sustainable natural resource management practices in different countries.

The publication reviews the major objectives of extension systems in the agricultural development process. These include: technology transfer on staple food crops; human capital development to increase farm income of poor farm-households; and building social capital and educating farmers to manage natural resources sustainably.

These major extension objectives are assessed under different models to identify means to improve how extension systems can be effectively organized. Likewise, it analyzes the factors affecting the development of more pluralistic extension systems, and its roles to public and civil society organizations in the provision of extension services to rural farm households. It explains further how institutions, organizations, and firms can work closely to support sustainable agricultural development within each country.

This publication is published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome. It was authored by Burton E. Swanson, Professor Emeritus of Rural Development, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Come and visit the Knowledge Resource Center of the Agricultural Training Institute in Quezon City to read more about the monograph. The center is open on weekdays, from 8:00am to 5:00pm; except holidays.

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