Agricultural Extension

Agricultural extension (also known as agricultural advisory services) plays a crucial role in promoting agricultural productivity, increasing food security, improving rural livelihoods, and promoting agriculture as an engine of pro-poor economic growth. Extension as a rural support service is needed to meet the new challenges agriculture is confronted with: changes in the global food and agricultural system, including the rise of supermarkets and the growing importance of standards and labels; growth in non-farm rural employment and agribusiness; constraints imposed by HIV/AIDS, and other health challenges that affect rural livelihoods; and the deterioration of the natural resource base and climate change. IFPRI has developed a framework for designing and analyzing extension, and has several research programs studying extension projects.

IFPRI on Agricultural Extension

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Dr. Kristin Davis
Research Fellow
IFPRI Development Strategy and Governance Division

Executive Secretary
Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS)

c/o University of Pretoria
Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development
Agricultural Annex, Room 2-13
Private Bag X 20 Hatfield 0028
South Africa

Tel. +27 (12) 420 4997
Fax +27 (12) 420 4958