Revitalizing Extension for Agricultural Development
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.
National Press Club
529 14th Street, N.W., 13th Floor Washington, DC 20045
Dec. 12-13, 2017 9 am – 5 pm
DETAILS, INCLUDING HOW TO REGISTER, TO FOLLOW IN THE COMING WEEKS.