Innovations in Rural Extension: Case Studies from Bangladesh

Innovations in Rural Extension: Case Studies from Bangladesh

By: Noel Magor (editor), Paul van Mele (editor), A. Salahuddin (editor)Paperback

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During the past five years, the PETRRA (Poverty Elimination Through Rice Research Assistance) project has explored the development of innovative extension mechanisms through a learning-by-doing process with multiple service providers. Partnerships linked government, non-government and private sectors as appropriate. Topics addressed by the project include seed production and distribution systems, crop and soil fertility management, postharvest technologies, mobile pumps, aromatic rice and integrated rice-duck farming. The methods used include women-led group extension, whole family approach, participatory video, Going Public and picture songs. This book examines these approaches to extension and assesses their potential for replicability and scaling-up. It includes four thematic sections with people-centred case studies and a conclusion with practical applications of the transaction cost theory.

About Author

Paul Van Mele is an agricultural scientist from Ghent University, Belgium who obtained his PhD studying Vietnamese fruit farmers' knowledge of pests, natural enemies and pesticides (Wageningen University, 2000). He wrote Ants as Friends (2003) and edited Way out of the Woods (2003) and Innovations in Rural Extension (2005). In 2004, his video project with rural women in Bangladesh won an international award for effective communication. From 2005 to 2010, Paul Van Mele lived in Benin, working as program leader, Learning and Innovation Systems at AfricaRice. His work with farmers, video and rural radio earned him the 2009 CGIAR Science Award for outstanding communications. He currently runs his own enterprise Agro-Insight, based in Belgium and works for AfricaRice


Part I: Introduction 1: New road map, Part II: Gender 2: The right to learn: women want more agricultural advice, 3: Breaking down barriers: village women spread the word, 4: Family approach in extension, 5: Bringing science to life: video development for women-to-women extension, Part III: Learning with rural communities 6: Creative learning methods, 7: Watch and learn: video education for appropriate technology, 8: Village soil fertility maps, 9: Going public: a quick way to interact with communities, 10: Picture songs, Part IV: Enterprise webs 11: The enterprise web, 12: Integrated rice-duck: a new farming system for Bangladesh, 13: Pump it up: developing a pro-poor mobile pump market, 14: Adding flavour: a value chain approach for aromatic rice, Part V: Pro-poor seed systems 15: Innovations in seed systems, 16: More is more: validating rice varieties with NGOs and poor farmers, 17: Building a rice seed network, K Bashar, 18: Farmseed: putting farmers at the heart of the seed system, 19: Grameen seed: Grameen experiments with a pro-poor seed business, 20: Innovating with federations: community institutions take the lead in seed marketing, Part VI: Synthesis 21: People and pro-poor innovation systems,

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780851990286
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9780851990286
  • ISBN10: 0851990282

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