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Title:Challenges Facing Agricultural Extension Agents: A Case Study from South-Western Ethiopia
Authors:Belay, Kassa
Abebaw, Degnet
Periodical:African Development Review
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:agricultural extension
agricultural technology
Labor and Employment
Education and Oral Traditions
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
External link:https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-8268.2004.00087.x/pdf
Abstract:This article examines the working conditions of extension workers and constraints to the adoption of modern agricultural technologies/practices in southwestern Ethiopia. Data collected in 2001 from 85 extension workers form the empirical basis for the study. The results indicate that extension work in the study area has not been participatory in its nature, little consideration was given to farmers' experiences and knowledge, and extension workers lack practical skills. In addition to deciding on who should take part in the extension programme, extension agents are found to supply more services to those farmers who are financially sound and show interest in the programme. The study reveals that apart from the fact that the number of extension workers in the study area is very small, their qualifications and communication skills leave a lot to be desired. The study also makes it clear that a host of factors obstructs the promotion/adoption of modern agricultural technologies/practices in the study area. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]