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Using Market System Approaches to Support Public Agricultural Extension Services

Jan 21, 2015 (Wed), 10:00am

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How can market system approaches support public agricultural extension and rural advisory services to improve the lives of large numbers of poor farmers? This is the question of a recent Katalyst case study, and will be the focus of this learning webinar, hosted by the BEAM Exchange.

Agricultural extension services provide critical knowledge in the form of techniques and skills to farmers, with the aim to improve the productivity and sustainability of their operations. Traditional, public, top-down service models are often unable to meet farmers' needs. This has led to a shift towards decentralised and pluralistic systems, involving diverse public and private sector providers.

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At this webinar we will ask how development agencies working on market systems can effectively support agricultural extension services. We will discuss why and how market system approaches can work rather than compete with public agencies, the roles of market actors, and the experiences and lessons from programmes taking this work forward on the ground.

On 21 January 2015 at 10am GMT, we will be joined by Kristin Davis (Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services) who will highlight the importance of extension service systems and the key trends within the move to more diverse systems. Mahmuduzzman (Katalyst) will share insights from Katalyst's experience of working with public extension agencies and private sector actors to provide a win-win solution. Matthias Herr (Helvetas) will then further analyse extension services from an M4P angle, bringing his experiences from the field.

The webinar is also an opportunity for you to ask the presenters questions, contribute your experience and suggest how the learning agenda should be taken forward.

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