Revitalizing Extension for Agricultural Development

December 12, 2017 12:00 AM

Washington, D.C.

An event sponsored by the DLEC and INGENAES projects.

Extension and advisory services are powerful means to enable smallholder farmers in breaking the cycle of low productivity, vulnerability and poverty. By providing farmers with knowledge and tools about modern agricultural practices and linking them to new technology, finance and market solutions, extension can be a critical force for ending hunger, achieving gender equality and promoting decent work and economic growth.

Norman Borlaug once implored “take it to the farmer.” From commercial agribusinesses to government policy makers, there is renewed recognition on the important role that extension must play to empower smallholder farmers themselves. The fundamentals of sharing personalized information and engaging farmers wherever they are still remains. At the same time, digital tools and services, and the growing community of individuals and agencies involved in delivering extension, provides a catalytic opportunity to make extension better, cheaper, faster and more inclusive than it ever has been.

The Feed the Future’s Developing Local Extension Capacity (DLEC) and Integrating Gender and Nutrition within Agricultural Extension Services (INGENAES) projects are hosting a two-day event to share and co-create innovative extension solutions that impact smallholder farmers at global scale. Attendees will include key agricultural development stakeholders from country governments, donors, academia and practitioners, both private and civil society.

Where: National Press Club 529 14th Street, N.W., 13th Floor Washington, DC 20045

When: Dec. 12-13, 2017 9 am – 5 pm

DETAILS, INCLUDING HOW TO REGISTER, TO FOLLOW IN THE COMING WEEKS.

About DLEC The Feed the Future Developing Local Extension Capacity (DLEC) project measurably improves extension programs, policies and services by creating locally-tailored, partnership-based solutions and by mobilizing active communities of practice to advocate for scaling proven approaches. Led by Digital Green in partnership with Care International, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS), DLEC is an action-oriented, evidence-based learning project. www.digitalgreen.org/usaid-dlec

About INGENAES The Feed the Future Integrating Gender and Nutrition in Agricultural Extension Services (INGENAES) project is designed to assist partners in Feed the Future countries to build more robust, gender-responsive, and nutrition-sensitive institutions, projects and programs capable of assessing and responding to the needs of both men and women farmers through extension and advisory services (EAS), disseminate gender-appropriate and nutrition-enhancing technologies and access to inputs to improve women’s agricultural productivity and enhance household nutrition; identify, test efficacy, and scale proven mechanisms for delivering improved EAS to women farmer; and apply effective, nutrition-sensitive, extension approaches and tools for engaging both men and women. We work to improve agricultural livelihoods focusing on strengthening extension and advisory services to empower and engage smallholder farmers, male and female. https://ingenaes.illinois.edu