Pacific extension summit: bringing about change: promoting participatory agricultural extension in the Pacific

Pacific extension summit: bringing about change: promoting participatory agricultural extension in the Pacific

Strengthening support for agricultural research extension in the Pacific region

This report presents a synthesis of the main findings, lessons, recommendations and conclusions from the Inaugural Agricultural Extension Summit for the Pacific region. The summit was aimed at bolstering support for the Pacific Agricultural Research Extension (PARE) at regional and national level through sensitising policy decision makers.

The key issues and recommendations raised from the seminar include:

  • regarding traditional structures and indigenous knowledge, main concerns include the need to recognise and respect the importance of traditional structures, channels and cultural obligations 
  • to enable farmer to farmer extension to work, key strategies to be followed include a selection process to identify extension farmers, training for the extension farmers and farmer field schools
  • the main concerns regarding institutional level knowledge management include the consistent cycle of lack of information within agricultural ministries in the region and the need for simple data bases for extension practitioners.

With regards to the future, it is suggested that the possibility of holding International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) training should be explored. Regional organisations for furthering the outcomes also developed a plan which includes a capacity building needs assessment, collaborative courses in participatory extension, and open distance learning.

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