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Title:Making Social Science Research Applicable: The Case of Agricultural Extension Research in Egypt
Author:Honadle, B.W.
Periodical:Public Administration and Development
Geographic term:Egypt
Subjects:agricultural research
agricultural extension
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Education and Oral Traditions
Abstract:One problem in the management of agricultural research is the integration of research and extension. The links between research and extension are tenuous for many reasons, including institutional and administrative factors that thwart collaboration; geographic isolation of extension staff; differences in status, prestige and educational attainment between extension workers and researchers; and motivational issues impeding stronger ties between extension and research personnel. This article argues that the problem with much research intended for extension audiences is that it is supply driven and not demand driven. Using a social science research unit (the Agricultural Extension and Rural Development Research Institue) within the Agricultural Research Center of Egypt's Ministry of Agriculture as a case study, the article analyses the research produced by the unit and assesses its potential usefulness for extension. It then shows why it does not reach this potential. Among the reasons are that the reserachers lack experience and background in rural issues and agricultural extension; research results lag behind extension's need for the information; and there is no plan to disseminate the results to the extension community after research is completed. The article offers some suggestions for overcoming such barriers. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.