This workshop presentation by Dr. Miguel Gomez and Mr. Benjamin Mueller was part of the MEAS supported research project entitled “Examining Privately-led Extension Approaches Targeting Smallholder Farmers in Developing Countries.” The workshop was held on June 2, 2015 in Washington DC and preceded the three-day Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services (MEAS) Symposium that took place June 3-5, 2015.
Innovators from private sector NGOs and companies who provide extension activities to small holder farmers around the world participated in the day-long event. Forty-three representatives from nongovernmental organizations, public institutions, private sector companies, and donor organizations presented and discussed a range of topics, which included research and knowledge transfer, technology adoption, value chain markets, as well as the key features and characteristics of sustainable extension and advisory services (EAS) models in developing countries, including those poorest nations targeted in the US Government Feed the Future global initiative.
Dr. Gomez of Cornell University and Mr. Mueller from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign shared their research methods and preliminary results of quantitative and qualitative investigation of privately-led extension approaches that target smallholder farmers in developing countries.
We want to say a special thanks to Jim Knoblauch (UIUC) who helped create this video.