Feed the Future
This project is part of the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative.

Looking for lessons learned in extension

The Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services (MEAS) project is soliciting proposals for the development of a series of exemplary Lessons Learned Case Studies as a part of Component 2 of the project (see www.meas-extension.org for more information about all components of the project).

To ensure the inclusion of the broadest possible range of cases a principle of “first come, first served” will be adopted as part of the selection and approval process proposals, such that accepted proposals will eliminate the need for additional case studies that address the same topic.  

MEAS is soliciting proposals on the following topics for Lessons Learned Case Studies:

  • Successful decentralization of extension
  • The extent and limitations of private sector investments in agricultural extension and advisory services (EAS)
  • Successes in addressing sustainability of NGO involvement in EAS provision
  • Examples of fostering private sector value chain extension
  • EAS in value-chain development (examples of food crops, cash crops, non-crop value chains)
  • The emergence, balance and function of truly pluralistic EAS systems
  • Examples of effective research-extension linkages
  • High impact use of ICTs in EASs
  • Alternative EAS financing models
  • Exemplary contributions of EAS in farmer organization development and rural capacity-building
  • Examples of human resource development in EAS staff training, adult learning models and innovative field methods;
  • Achieving gender integration in the EAS provisioning and targeting;
  • The integration of nutrition in EAS programming;
  • EAS in addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation;
  • Examples of university based advisory services, farmer training centers, farmer-to-farmer programming in EAS
  • Examples of highly functional Agricultural Information Centers (with the ability to generate and disseminate quality products in the area of print, radio, tv, and web)

MEAS works with universities, NGOS, consultancies, and ministries of agriculture and other government agencies, as well as with independent consultants and experts. Overall, it is expected that authors will have significant personal involvement with the cases, directly or through their graduate students or projects, which they will draw upon in preparing the cases that they propose. The important things we look for in a case study proposal are:

  • reasonable cost given the scope of work
  • a real contribution to the literature on the practice and theory of extension
  • competent and independent (unbiased) viewpoint and writing.

Review Dates

Lessons learned case study proposals will be accepted as submitted and will be reviewed by the MEAS PMU on the following dates: March 6, 2012 and May 1, 2012

Read the full call for proposals here.

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