Spring Symposium on Revalorizing Extension

What works in agricultural advisory services? What does it take to increase support for extensions services and effectively deliver them to smallholder farmers?

The "Revalorizing Extension: Evidence and Practice" symposium highlights extension's crucial role in international agricultural development while seeking to address these key questions. 

At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on April 3-4, 2018
Hosted by AgReach; Office of International Programs; College of ACES; INGENAES; Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program. Click to see the full agenda.

AgReach Symposium on Revalorizing Extension (April 3-4, 2018)

Topics of Interest

  • Effective extension methods at the farmer, organizational, and country/system levels
  • Innovative approaches to sustainably reach women farmers and youth
  • Using ICTs to empower staff and reach more farmers
  • The political economy of agricultural extension
  • Extension in post-conflict and post-disaster contexts
  • Partnerships to strengthen extension
  • Extension for improved nutrition, natural resource management, and sustainable agriculture

Symposium Presentations


Rob Bertram [Chief Scientist, Bureau for Food Security, United States Agency for International Development] - Quality Information and Improved Access: Keys to Achieving SDG2

Private sector extension and partnerships

Emily Urban [Project Coordinator, University of Tennessee] – Joining forces in smallholder poultry production: A case for public-private partnerships in Rwanda

Papias Hongera Binagwa [Doctoral candidate, Tuskegee University] – Engaging public and private seed companies for increased access to quality seed of improved common bean varieties by smallholder farmer: experiences from bean seed systems project in Tanzania

Susan Godlonton  [Assistant Professor, Department of Economics,
Williams College] – Impacts of cash and input transfers and a cross-randomized program of intensive agricultural extension in Malawi

Haroon Sseguya [Technology Scaling Specialist, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture] – Taking agricultural technologies to scale: Experience of a research-development partnership in Tanzania

Innovative approaches to engage women and youth

Dee Rubin [Co-Director, Cultural Practice] Gender-inclusive and market-oriented extension

Friederike Bellin-Sesay [University of Giessen] From gender sensitive to gender transformative approaches in extension – the gender model family approach in Sierra Leone

Austen Moore [Deputy Director, SANE; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign] – Engaging youth and extension workers to build agribusiness capacity: A peer-to-peer training approach in Malawi

Effective extension methods at the farmer, organizational, and country/system levels

Hope Michelson [Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign] – How do Farmers Learn from Extension? Evidence from Malawi

Bidyuth Mahalder [Chief of Party, AESA project] and Tania Sharmin [Technical Team Lead for Women’s Empowerment and Nutrition SBCC, CARE] – Strengthening Agricultural Extension in Bangladesh: The AESC Model

Emmanuel Tumusiime [Sr. Program Research and Learning Specialist, World Vision] and Barrett Alexander [Program Manager, World Vision] – Community-Based Advisory Services through Village Agents and Lead Farmer: Performance in Niger

Ivan Adolwa [Technology Scaling Specialist, Africa RISING–ESA, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture] – Comparative analysis of two agricultural knowledge systems in Ghana and Kenya to understand information utilization by farmers

Making agricultural research and extension systems work: Political economy, coordination, and evaluation issues

Cristina Alvarez [Research Specialist, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign] – Political incentives and influences in extension provision

Kathleen Kelsey [Professor and Graduate Coordinator, University of Georgia] – Extending Agricultural Research Impacts in Africa through Evaluation Capacity Building

Vickie Sigman [Consultant] – Notes from the Field, Malawi

Day 2

Preparation and  capacity building of extension personnel

Austin A. Peterson [INGENAES Field Coordinator, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign] – AEAS Strengthening Through the Collaborative Development of Institutional Structures in Liberia

Mark Erbaugh [Director, International Programs in Agriculture; The Ohio State University] – Improving the Training of Frontline Extension Workers in Tanzania: A pilot curriculum reform initiative with the Ministry of Agriculture Technical Institute at Ilonga

Edye Kuyper [Nutrition and Gender Advisor, University of California Davis] – Process for developing appropriate nutrition training for postsecondary agricultural trainees that can be replicated in multiple contexts         

Sarah Hogan [Project Officer, SPRING/JSI] – Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture Training Resource Package

Using ICTs to empower staff and reach more farmers

Lulu Rodriguez [Director, Agricultural Communications Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign] and Kouadio Amavi [ICT advisor, Agriculture Technology Transfer Project, IFDC] – Using Videos to Disseminate Good Agricultural Practices in Northern Ghana: The Agricultural Technology Project Experience

Mohammed Majeed [Board Director, Postharvest Education Foundation] – The Postharvest Education Foundation: Role in postharvest capacity building through innovative extension platforms and effective training programs in Africa and the Caribbean

Amos Wussah [Farmerline Ghana] Business model for mobile phone based services in Ghana that farmers are willing to pay for

Joe Miller [AgReach Abroad, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign] and Nayeli Mejia and William Laumann [Students] – Engaging students in the production of farmer-to-farmer videos for WorldFish in Sierra Leone

Extension for improved nutrition

Kelly A. Davidson [Instructor, University of Florida] – Measuring the Effectiveness of Combined Extension Methods: Behavioral Nudges and Nutrition Education in Bangladesh

Han Bum Lee [Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign] – Findings from evaluations of a nutrition-sensitive agricultural extension project in rural Bangladesh

Liz Sloffer [Doctoral candidate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign] – Hungry for Information: Empowerment and Food Security in Honduran Extension Projects

Isidro Matamoros [Associate Professor, Zamorano] – A Pilot Project to Re-Establish a Dairy Extension Program in Honduras

Extension for improved natural resource management, climate change adaptation, and sustainable agriculture

Festus Amadu [Doctoral candidate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign] – Agroforestry adoption, a pathway for the impact of climate-smart agricultural interventions on soil health and agricultural yields in southern Malawi. A double hurdle application.

Beatrice Luzobe [Chief Executive Officer, Uganda Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services] – Delivery of climate smart agricultural extension in Uganda: Incorporating gender and nutrition, ICT, and youth in agriculture

Austen Moore [Associate Director SANE, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign] – Community–Based Forecasting: A Local Approach to Fall Army Worm Monitoring and Response in Malawi

Closing remarks and next steps

John Peters [USAID/BFS, AOR for INGENAES and DLEC] - Issues and priorities in agricultural extension: principles and practices for sustainable outcomes


J. Chah et al. [Univerity of Nigeria] A Comparative Analysis of Factors Affecting the Adoption and Non-adoption of Orange Fleshed Sweet Potatoes among Kafula Chisanga et al. [ZARI] Rural Farmers in Abia State, Nigeria

Kafula Chisanga et al. [ZARI] Extension Methods and their Implications on Crop Yield in a Maize – Legume Conservation Agriculture Project in Zambia

Y. Colmenarez et al. [CABI Plantwise] Empowering farmers and improving Food Security in Latin America & the Caribbean by Strengthening the National Plant Health Systems

Jera Niewoehner-Green [The Ohio State University] Influence of Gender on Rural Honduran Women’s Leadership Roles

K. F. Omotesho et al. [University of Ilorin, Nigeria] Effectiveness of Extension Volunteers in Disseminating Innovation on Dry Season Rice Farming in Remote Communities in Kwara State, Nigeria

Salehe H. Mohammed [Malolo Agriculture Resource Center] The Impact of Agriculture Resource Center on Dissemination of Agricultural Innovations to Youth and Women Farmers

Evie Smith [University of California, Davis] Extensionist Training in Value Chain Enhancement

Willy Turyahikayo [ Makerere University] The perceived role of innovation platforms in addressing the value chain collective problems: Implications for agricultural extension services to rural farmer organizations