Masters Plan B Defense - Hastings Marumbo K. Nyirongo - Aug 19

Date: August 19, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Natural Resources RM 130

Exploring Pluralistic and Demand Driven Extension Services in Central Malawi: Nkhotakota and Kasungu districts

Plan-B Masters Defense

By 

Hastings Marumbo K. Nyirongo

Aug. 19, 2015
Time: 11 a.m.
Room 130, Natural Resources Building

Abstract:
In Malawi, like many developing countries, the introduction of pluralistic and demand-driven extension services was premised on improving effectiveness, efficiency, accountability, and relevance of extension services to end users. A survey questionnaire was developed and implemented to explore how well pluralistic and demand-driven extension services are working in two districts of central Malawi: Nkhotakota and Kasungu. The study focused on input of extension personnel and their perceptions of quality, pluralism, demand, and coordination. Cross tabulations, analysis of independent t-test and descriptive statics are used to analyze the survey responses from 95 extension personnel from both public and non-public extension systems. The findings highlight perceptions of the quality of extension services to be moderately unsatisfactory while reported perceptions of pluralism were generally satisfactory. The respondents’ perceptions of the utility of the coordination and collaboration of current extension services was somewhat favorable. The results show that poor marketing processes/functions; low literacy levels; inadequate resources; low staff technical capacities; high cost of inputs; incoherent policies; impacts of HIV/AIDs were identified by respondents as key factors impeding smooth implementation of pluralistic and demand driven in the study two district.

Committee Members
  • Dr. Michael D. Kaplowitz 

  • Dr. Murari Suvedi

  • Dr. Robertson Richardson