BENEFIT-REALISE shared its customised extension pilot expereince via webinar hosted by the World Bank
On 17th of December, 2020, BENEIT-REALISE shared its experience on customized extension pilot via webinar that brought together 52 Agriculture practitioners, policy makers and researchers from Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and India. The customized extension pilot, popularly known as ‘one timad’ package is designed for Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP) households.
The webinar was opened by the Honourable State Minister Dr. Mandefro Negussie. In his opening remarks, he emphasised agricultural extension advisory service is a key policy instrument in Ethiopian agricultural transformation agenda. He indicated that the Ethiopian government has a 10 year-plan that focuses on increasing production and competitiveness; build a green and climate-resilient economy as well as bring institutional transformation. The government is also working to make agricultural extension service pluralistic, ICT based and demand driven. He finally called for a more south-south cooperation for greater change and transformation of smallholders’ agriculture.
Among the four speakers, Dr. Tewodros Tefera, BENEFIT-REALISE Manager talked about ‘Agricultural extension service in Ethiopia: Achievements, challenges and case study on customized extension’. He briefly presented the historical evolution of agricultural extension in Ethiopia, challenges and major achievements. He underscored that one of the gaps in the extension service provision is the standard nature of the extension message and the extension package. He shared the experience of BENEFIT-REALISE and MoA pilot in customised extension for the PSNP households. The customised extension mainly emphasised designing a package for the poor and the youth segments of the population considering their commodity choice, resource endowment, scale of operation and extension message. The pilots demonstrated that tailoring the extension message to the needs of the poor has contributed to bridging the food gap months by improving productivity, enhancing diet diversity, increasing income and building the confidence and empowerment of PSNP households.
The other three speakers, two from India and one form Rwanda, shared their respective experience on extension service delivery to smallholder farmers. The general discussion was facilitated by Abel Lufafa, Senior Agriculture Specialist, World Bank, India. Participants highlighted the importance of south-south collaboration and addressing second generation issues in extension such as pluralistic extension, ICT based extension, mechanization, extension for the youth, provision of financial services to smallholder farmers etc.
Finally vote of thanks was given by Himmat Patel, World Bank, India.
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