Commenced in January 2007
Frequency: Monthly
Edition: International
Paper Count: 30302
Capacity Building of Extension Agents for Sustainable Dissemination of Agricultural Information and Technologies in Developing Countries

Authors: Michael T. Ajayi, Oluwakemi E. Fapojuwo

Abstract:

Farmers are in need of regular and relevant information relating to new technologies. Production of extension materials has been found to be useful in facilitating the process. Extension materials help to provide information to reach large numbers of farmers quickly and economically. However, as good as extension materials are, previous materials produced are not used by farmers. The reasons for this include lack of involvement of farmers in the production of the extension materials, most of the extension materials are not relevant to the farmers’ environments, the agricultural extension agents lack capacity to prepare the materials, and many extension agents lack commitment. These problems led to this innovative capacity building of extension agents. This innovative approach involves five stages. The first stage is the diagnostic survey of farmers’ environment to collect useful information. The second stage is the development and production of draft extension materials. The third stage is the field testing and evaluation of draft materials by the same famers that were involved at the diagnostic stage. The fourth stage is the revision of the draft extension materials by incorporating suggestions from farmers. The fifth stage is the action plans. This process improves the capacity of agricultural extension agents in the preparation of extension materials and also promotes engagement of farmers and beneficiaries in the process. The process also makes farmers assume some level of ownership of the exercise and the extension materials.

Keywords: Capacity building, Dissemination, extension agents, information/technologies

Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1093978

Procedia APA BibTeX Chicago EndNote Harvard JSON MLA RIS XML ISO 690 PDF Downloads 2089

References:


[1] K Adebayo and S.F. Adedoyin (2005) Extension workers ICT use for rural development in Nigeria. Journal of Agricultural Extension, 10(3): 36-40.
[2] P. A. Erie (1994) Principles of Agricultural Extension, Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, Edo State.
[3] O. U. Nkuma(1999) Evaluation of the involvement of Agricultural technologies in Vocational Agricultural Education programmes in schools and colleges, Paper presented at the National Conference on the Evaluation of Nigeria Educational System, Federal College of Education (Technical), Umunze 5-9 May.
[4] Ogunwale, A.B. (1991). Extension Communications Patterns in Oyo North Agricultural Project. Unpublished M.Phil. Thesis, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-ife.195 Pp.
[5] Youdeowei, A and Kwarteng, J. (2006) Tool kit for the production of Agricultural Extension Materials: Guidebook.