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

Agricultural and Rural Extension and Advisory Services Worldwide

Andrea Bohn
Burton E. Swanson
Kalim Qamar
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Date Published: 
March 31, 2013
The Worldwide Extension Study provides empirical data on the human and financial resources of agricultural and rural extension and advisory systems worldwide, as well as other important information on:
  • the primary extension service providers in each country 
    (e.g. public, private and/or non-governmental); 
  • which types and groups of farmers are the primary target groups (e.g. large, medium, and/or small-scale farmers, including rural women) for each extension organization; 
  • how each organization’s resources are allocated to key extension and advisory service functions;
  • each organization’s information and communication technology  resources and capacity; and  
  • what role, if any, different categories of farmers play in setting extension’s priorities and/or assessing performance.  
The Worldwide Extension Study was initiated by the International Food Policy Research Institute, IFPRI, and funded by USAID, in close collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO, and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, IICA.
The original website for the Worldwide Extension Study was set up in October 2010 (see http://www.worldwide-extension.org/)
and will be maintained unti 2014. For more up-to-date information and advanced searchability use the GFRAS website, specifically  http://www.g-fras.org/en/world-wide-extension-study
Agricultural country profiles are available at http://www.new-ag.info/en/country.php