POLICY BRIEF: Lessons Learned from the Agricultural Training Institute’s Implementation of the Private Extension Service Providers Accreditation Program

An assessment study was conducted to assess the concept, implementation, and result of the Extension Service Providers (ESP) accreditation program. This step was also made to help improve the program’s management. Results suggested that there is a mutual benefit between the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) and ESPs.
ESP accreditation gave ATI a framework in aligning and improving the Institute’s and the private sector extension programs and services cascaded to the clientele. Through the program, the accredited ESPs were recognized for their efforts in delivering extension interventions and securing partnerships and linkages with other Department of Agriculture offices, non-government organizations, state universities and colleges, local government units, and other private entities as well.
Further details of this evaluation study conducted by ATI and Dr. Filma Calalo of the University of the Philippines Los Baños are in this Policy Brief.

ATI Today

Extension services continue to evolve. With the challenges that extension workers and farmers face, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) continues to explore various strategies to improve its efforts as the extension and training arm of the Department of Agriculture. In over 30 years, the ATI has celebrated various successes and learned from the lessons during hard times. Nonetheless, we are proud to be standing the test of time through the support of our partners and the clientele themselves. This is the ATI Today, more committed to bring you extension services beyond boundaries.