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ASSESSING CAPACITY NEEDS OF EXTENSION AND ADVISORY SERVICES A Guide for Facilitators

The Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services
(GFRAS) has articulated a new vision for Extension
and Advisory Services (EAS) within the Agricultural
Innovation Systems (AIS). This vision, articulated in
its position paper, called The “New Extensionist”,
argues for an expanded role for EAS (Box 1)
within AIS and development of new capacities
at different levels. The motive behind the
development of The “New Extensionist” comes from
the realisation that the existing EAS needs new
capacities to respond effectively to the emerging
challenges in agricultural development (declining
water availability, increasing soil degradation,
and changing and uncertain climate and markets).
In the past few years, EAS’ capacities to perform
their traditional roles, such as training and
communication of technical information, have
eroded. Meanwhile, the extension landscape
has become increasingly pluralistic with greater
participation of the private sector.

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