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The future success of demand-driven, market-oriented rural advisory services rests in large part on the formation and capacities of farmer groups. A majority of development success stories are the direct result of, or dependent on, collective action. However, the multi-faceted role of farmer organizations in extension...read more
Publication
Mar 3, 2015
School feeding programs are widely recognized as a potential market for (local) smallholder farmers and as a way to link economic development with food security. To date, however, it is hard to find evidence that these linkages are happening effectively. A number of barriers also exist, including inaccessible state...read more
Publication
Feb 27, 2015
The objective of this manual is to further reader's knowlege about identifying and describing diseases so they can be reported to the nearest local or national veterinary official. This manual has collected many different local and regional names for diseases so that everyone involved will be able to identify diseases,...read more
Training Material
Feb 27, 2015
This animation was developed by K4Health, highlighting the benefits of knowledge management and demonstrating its impacts in the field. "When global health practitioners use knowledge management in their work, health systems operate more smoothly and clients receive better care. Ultimately, knowledge management...read more
Web Resource
Feb 27, 2015
Seventy-five percent of the world’s poor live in rural areas, and the majority of these people depend on agriculture to survive. Enhancing farmers’ and agricultural workers’ livelihoods is essential to addressing rural poverty. To address this need, input providers and other agricultural actors along the value chain...read more
Case Study
Feb 26, 2015
The second edition of the Pictorial Guide to Traditional Management, Husbandry and Diseases of the One-Humped Camel is an upgrade and extension of the 2007 edition. Over 500 pictures have been added to the second edition, and many poor-quality pictures were replaced. As was the case on the first edition, the...read more
Training Material
Feb 26, 2015
On January 29, the World Resources Institute (WRI) released Avoiding Bioenergy Competition for Food Crops and Land, the latest installment of the World Resources Report Creating a Sustainable Food Future.This working paper shows that any dedicated use of land for bioenergy production prevents the use of that land...read more
Publication
Feb 24, 2015
A pressing challenge facing smallholder agricultural development projects is how to achieve substantial positive socioeconomic gains at the population level, cost effectively. This question points to a necessary focus on impact, scale, and efficiency. The solution may be found in the commercial diffusion of practical...read more
Case Study, Brief
Feb 19, 2015
Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services (MEAS) Discussion Paper #6: To feed a growing population and to reduce rural poverty, most developing countries have some type of extension system in place. Often, the extension system is the dizzying mix of a public sector system with extension and advisory services...read more
Publication
Jan 26, 2015
The Full Evaluation – The Farmer Field School (FFS) approach is based on discovery and experiential learning principles, and it was developed as an alternative to the past conventional top-down Training and Visit extension approach. The FFS approach is now widely applied in the Eastern Africa subregion. The...read more
Jan 22, 2015

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