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A new extension vision for food security a new extension vision for food security

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    AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION, RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND THE FOOD SECURITY CHALLENGE 2003
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    The challenge of food security demands involvement of many sectors, including agricultural extension. This, however, will require re-conceptualization and re-prioritization of extension services, to enable them to address properly the issues of poverty alleviation and rural development, which provide the context for ensuring food security. This publication reviews the current, major trends to reform agricultural extension systems, discusses rural development, examining pathways out of poverty, and advocates a broader role for extension. The continuing and unique role to be played by the public sector in promoting rural development through extension and communication is highlighted. Important conclusions, drawn from the analysis of relevant issues, as well as action-oriented recommendations, are presented to the policymakers of developing countries for encouraging institutional reforms and dialogue among diverse providers of extension services, all aimed at advancing livelihoods, i. e. food security and income generation of poor rural people.
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    The Extension and Advisory Service Systems Yardstick (EAS-Y)
    A scoring tool to generate evidence on performance and outcomes
    2022
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    Extension and advisory services (EAS) play a key role in facilitating innovation processes, empowering marginalized groups through capacity development, and linking farmers with markets. Advisory services are increasingly provided by a range of actors and funded from diverse sources. With the broadened scope of EAS and the growing complexity of the system, the quantitative performance indicators used in the past (e.g. related to investment, staffing or productivity) are not adequate anymore to understand whether the system is well-functioning. To enable evidence based and informed policy and investment decision for extension and advisory systems, the EAS-Yardstick (EAS-Y) has been developed through a consultative expert process. It constitutes a holistic scoring tool based on a comprehensive set of metrics that can capture all the nuances of the pluralistic EAS. Metrics are organized into two modules, related to EAS performance and to EAS outcomes, each subdivided into key EAS topics. These cover elements of the EAS enabling environment, scope and provision of services, and coordination, collaboration and learning in the system. At the outcome level, topics include the acquisition of skills, changes in behaviours and livelihood transformations. All metrics are operationalized through a scoring mechanism. EAS-Y is digitally enabled through the Kobo toolbox and is used for participatory assessments in various contexts. Assessments can support a systematic crosscountry analysis, complementing findings from more specific impact evaluations of EAS interventions or in-depth process evaluations. As such, it contributes to substantially enhance EAS system performance and outcomes by guiding investment and policy decisions.
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    Strengthening the pluralistic agricultural extension system: a Zimbabwean case study 2002
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    The Integrated Support to Sustainable Development and Food Security Programme (IP) is a programme of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The IP seeks to promote multidisciplinary collaboration within FAO and with the public sector and civil society in order to enhance sustainable development and food security. One of the activities the IP carried out in Zimbabwe in Phase-I (1998-2002) was a research on pluralistic agricultural extension systems in Zimbabwe. T his comprehensive report includes an overview and analysis of all public and private extension service providers, a targeted strategy to enhance co-ordination and collaboration between both public and private extension providers, and a guiding framework for a pilot project to test and promote pluralistic co-ordination among extension service providers.

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