image010The New Extensionist is a global view of extension and advisory services (EAS) that reinvents and clearly articulates the role of EAS in the rapidly-changing rural context. It argues for an expanded role for EAS within agricultural innovation systems (AIS) and development of new capacities at different levels to play this role.

The Learning Kit contains 13 modules designed for self-directed, face-to-face, or blended learning and can be a useful tool for (not exclusively) individual extension field staff, managers, lecturers and non-governmental organisations, and other training institutions. The development process was designed and managed as an iterative journey of broad consultations, discussions, and feedback from a wide range of stakeholders.

Modules should be used in conjunction with the workbook provided. It is encouraged that each user starts with Module 1: Introduction to the New Extensionist, as it provides foundation and the context through which the other modules can be understood.  

 

Module 1: Introduction to the New Extensionist

Module 1: Introduction to the New Extensionist

GFRAS has elaborated the envisaged role of the “New Extensionist” and has identified the capacities required at the individual level. In this module you will be introduced to the changing context of the rural community and the implications of this for extension activities. This will be done in order to understand how the currently dominant (or preferred) agricultural innovation system came into being and to understand the individual roles of different types of extension advisory service providers and how they are linked. In the second part of the module, you will be introduced to the vision, mission and guiding principles of GFRAS that form the core of the Global Forum. In doing so you will be able to understand how the learning kit relates to you as a future extension professional and what is to come as you further your studies.

NELK Module 1: Introduction - Manual, Zenete Franca, Mona Dhamankar & Mundi Salm, 2016

NELK Module 1: Introduction - Workbook, Zenete Franca, Mona Dhamankar & Mundi Salm, 2016

NELK Module 1: Introduction - Lecturer Guide, Zenete Franca, Mona Dhamankar & Mundi Salm, 2016

The 'New Extensionist' Summary, GFRAS secretariat, 2012

Module 2: Extension Approaches and Tools

Module 2: Extension Approaches and Tools

In this module, you will learn about the role of extension in innovation and development. An overview of the history of extension, its development and its status as a science and profession will be investigated with the second half of the module focusing on the tools and approaches available to you as an extension practitioner, and how apply them. 

NELK Module 2: Extension Methods and Tools - Manual, Kristin Davis & Rasheed Sulaiman, 2016

NELK Module 2: Extension Methods and Tools - Lecturer Guide, Kristin Davis & Rasheed Sulaiman, 2016

NELK Module 2: Extension Methods and Tools - Presentation, Kristin Davis & Rasheed Sulaiman, 2016

Module 3: Agricultural Extension Programme Management

Module 3: Agricultural Extension Programme Management

Over the years, agricultural extension has moved towards a participatory approach. This has created a need for extension organisations to be more responsive to those using their services. Economic crises have triggered a need for increased accountability, restructuring and reform in agricultural extension since the early 1990s. At the national level, inappropriate public extension policies, limited public funds, lack of accountability, and growing rural poverty have prompted developing countries to re-examine the relevance of agricultural extension in rural development. 

Agricultural extension faces the challenge of establishing a well-managed, effective, and accountable system that meets the needs of many farmers engaged in diverse and complex farming systems, as well as effectively monitoring, evaluating and assessing the impact of extension services. These challenges are the result of how dependent extension is on the performance of the agricultural research system and its feedback linkages as well as the inherent problems in ensuring political commitment and the economic sustainability of agricultural extension.

Module 4: Professional Ethics

Module 4: Professional Ethics

This module is still in preparation.

Module 5: Adult Learning for Behavioural Change

Module 5: Adult Learning for Behavioural Change

This module is in its final stage of development and will be available soon.

Module 6: Basic Knowledge Management and Extension

Module 6: Basic Knowledge Management and Extension

The success of agricultural innovation systems (AIS) are greatly dependent on effective communication of knowledge. This module outlines the different types of knowledge that you as an extension agent will need to deal with as well as the different sources through which knowledge can be gained. You will learn that different situations may require you to take on different intermediary roles in order to facilitate the transfer of knowledge. This module also describes the different communication media and tools available to you to support your role in stimulating the flow of knowledge.

Module 7: Introduction for Facilitation for Development

Module 7: Introduction for Facilitation for Development

This module is in its final stage of development and will be available soon.

Module 8: Community Mobilisation

Module 8: Community Mobilisation

This module is still in preparation.

Module 9: Farmer Organisational Development

Module 9: Farmer Organisational Development

This module is in its final stage of development and will be available soon.

Module 10: The Role of Extension in Value Chains

Module 10: The Role of Extension in Value Chains

This module is in its final stage of development and will be available soon.

Module 11: Agricultural Entrepreneurship

Module 11: Agricultural Entrepreneurship

This module is in its final stage of development and will be available soon.

Module 12: Gender in Advisory Services

Module 12: Gender in Advisory Services

In order to deliver on their mandates and contribute to positive change, extensionists need a well developed understanding of, and the skills necessary to address critical issues around gender in rural livelihoods. Men and women, young and old, all play vital roles in rural livelihoods, but assumptions are often made about who does what and who makes the decisions. These details of gender and decision making are critical to targeting efforts and helping everyone involved in rural livelihoods and agriculture benefit from innovations and improved technologies. 

This module on gender is designed to help you understand why these concepts are important in extension. You will learn how to identify why different community members have different needs from extension, and how you can begin addressing them. By understanding these different needs, you will be able to better match the best technologies to opportunities, deliver successful programmes, and avoid making anyone’s situation worse. This module will also help you improve in your role(s) in extension to better meet critical needs in rural livelihoods. 

Module 13: Risk Mitigation and Adaptation in Extension

Module 13: Risk Mitigation and Adaptation in Extension

This module aims to familiarise you with risk management and adaptation planning in EAS. You will be introduced to the concepts of risk and uncertainty in order to better understand the impact of factors such as market and climate variability in the agricultural sector. You will also be provided with skills, tools and knowledge to address these factors through the use of risk management and adaptation strategies. Remember that this module not only focuses on improving your own risk management capacity but also focuses on your ability to improve the capacity of rural farmers; a primary goal of EAS.

There are two more learning modules that deal with topics outside the framework of the new extensionist:

  • Evaluation of Extension programmes
  • RAS Policy Advocacy