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Title:Agricultural Extension in Ethiopia: The Case of Participatory Demonstration and Training Extension System
Author:Belay, Kassa
Periodical:Journal of Social Development in Africa (ISSN 1012-1080)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ethiopia
Northeast Africa
Subjects:agricultural extension
agricultural innovations
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Education and Oral Traditions
agricultural production
food security
land reform
Abstract:This paper reviews the different agricultural extension approaches used in Ethiopia over the past fifty years, assesses the participation of farmers in the participatory demonstration and training extension system, and identifies the most important barriers to the adoption of modern agricultural inputs. It is based on a review of the literature and an analysis of data collected in 1999 from 1482 household heads selected from sixteen sites in four regional states. Both the historical review and the survey results reveal that extension service coverage in Ethiopia has been very low, the research-extension linkage has been very poor and extension agents have been involved in different activities which are not related to their normal duties. Shortage or lack of working capital, shortage of arable land, shortage of extension personnel, the inadequacy of relevant technologies and the involvement of extension agents in non-extension activities are the most important barriers to the adoption of modern agricultural inputs. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]