Demand-Led and Supply-Led Agricultural Extension Approaches to Support Sustainable Intensification in Malawi

February 5, 2018 - Author: Rodney W. Lunduka, , and Thomas S. Jayne

Rodney W. Lunduka, Sieglinde Snapp, and Thomas S. Jayne. 2017. Demand-Led and Supply-Led Agricultural Extension Approaches to Support Sustainable Intensification in Malawi. FSG Policy Synthesis 94

BACKGROUND:
Agricultural extension systems are intended to help farmers raise their productivity and adapt to changing environmental conditions. However, there has been widespread dissatisfaction with the performance of agricultural extension institutions in Africa. Frustration with past approaches to extension (e.g. training and visit, public extension systems) has led to repeated calls for innovative approaches to transition from ‘supply-driven’ technology transfer models to ‘demand-driven’ approaches where farmers and researchers interact with extension systems in a participatory process (Biggs 1990; Snapp, Blackie, and Donovan 2003).

Given the universally acknowledged importance of extension, it is surprising how little research there is on the effectiveness of alternative extension models in Africa.

Tags: malawi, sustainable agricultural intensification


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Malawi


Authors

Sieglinde Snapp

Sieglinde Snapp
517-282-5644
snapp@msu.edu

Thomas Jayne

Thomas Jayne
517-432-9802
jayne@msu.edu


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