Agricultural Extension Reforms in South Asia - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128187524

Agricultural Extension Reforms in South Asia

1st Edition

Status, Challenges, and Policy Options

Editors: Suresh Babu P.K. Joshi
Paperback ISBN: 9780128187524
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 19th April 2019
Page Count: 400
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Agricultural Extension Reforms in South Asia: Status, Challenges, and Policy Options is based on agricultural extension reforms across five South Asian countries, reflecting past experiences, case studies and experiments. Beginning with an overview of historical trends and recent developments, the book then delves into country-wise reform trajectories and presents several cases testing the effectiveness of different types (public and private) and forms (nutrition extension, livestock extension) of extension systems. Further, the book provides a comprehensive overview of challenges and constraints faced in formulating and implementing reforms, tying the results into a concrete set of lessons and highlighting areas that require further research.

In addition, the book discusses how a major aspect of agricultural development is the productivity increase from the knowledge base of farmers, and how translating research results into a knowledge base for farmers requires designing and implementing well-functioning extension programs.

Key Features

  • Presents the current challenges and solutions by region, and provides insights for application in global settings
  • Provides key foundational information for the effective and efficient design of future intervention programs
  • Includes workshops and presentations based on real-world research of specific aspects of extension systems and provision of advisory and consultation services to various governments


Researchers, educators, and policy makers currently addressing the issues of agricultural transformation in developing and developed countries

Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Overview
2. Extension Reforms in South Asia
3. Public innovations in extension systems
4. Private innovations in extension systems
5. ICT and education in extension systems
6. Specialized extension programs
7. Synthesis and Conclusion


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About the Editor

Suresh Babu

Suresh Babu has worked and conducted research in several parts of the world and brings a wide range of expertise relating to public policy research and analysis as they relate to economic growth and development. He also serves on several international advisory committees, including the Advisory Board of the World Agricultural Forum.

Affiliations and Expertise

International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC, USA

P.K. Joshi

Dr. Pramod K. Joshi is the Director for South Asia, International Food Policy Research Institute, New Delhi. He is a recipient of the Dr RC Agarwal Life Time Achievement Award and a Fellow of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, and Indian Society of Agricultural Economics. He is the President of the Agricultural Economics Research Association-India.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director for South Asia, International Food Policy Research Institute, New Delhi, India

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