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  • Perspectives of Agricultural Extension

    The Perspectives of Agricultural Extension aims at providing Agricultural Information and Communication Management (AICM) students with an understanding of the perspectives of agricultural extension. Specifically, the module aims to: * Enable student understanding of agricultural extension perspectives in the current changing scenario of agriculture * Enhance students’ understanding...

  • Farmer's Agribusiness Training Course: Module 3 - Entrepreneurship. Lesson 2: Organisation of Agricultural Enterprises

    This Farmers’ Agribusiness training course has been developed to help both farmers and farmer organisations. Its intention is to provide access to additional skills and knowledge that will allow farmers to move from a 'farm' to a 'firm'. This lesson explains the importance of a formal and informal organisation, the process for establishing an agricultural enterprise and the different legal...

  • Farmer's Agribusiness Training Course: Module 3 - Entrepreneurship. Lesson 1: Development of Entrepreneurial Mind Set

    This Farmers’ Agribusiness training course has been developed to help both farmers and farmer organisations. Its intention is to provide access to additional skills and knowledge that will allow farmers to move from a 'farm' to a 'firm'. The first lesson from Module 3 on entrepreneurship provides information on the role of entrepreneurship in economic development, how to identify sources of...

  • Farmers' Agribusiness Training Course: Module 1 Supplementary Reading. Agricultural Extension in Kenya: Practice and Policy Lessons

    The objective of this study is to assess the range of alternative food crop and livestock extension services currently operating in Kenya. The study highlights five important findings: (1) private extension provision is generally skewed towards high agricultural potential regions and high-value crops. Remote areas and poor producers, especially those growing low-value crops with little...

  • Enhancing Learning via the Internet: The Internet Agricultural Bank Simulation Game

    The Oklahoma Agricultural Bank Simulation Game (Ag Bank Sim) is a software based, experiential learning tool through which participants historically have learned key financial, economic, and banking lessons. The game offers a ?real world? experience in which management decisions affect institutions interacting in a geographic market, enhancing understanding of the complex, competitive...

  • How the leopard has changed its spots: past dynamics and future opportunities

    FR Tomlinson Commemorative Lecture Held on 31 July 2009 at Rhodes University. The topic of the lecture was to reflect on the history of the Agricultural Economics Association, reviewing research conducted by eminent agricultural economists and to identify future opportunities.

  • Commercial Grain Merchandisers: What Do They Need to Know?

    Little information exists on grain merchandisers, their characteristics, and the skills needed to be successful. This research contributes toward filling this gap. A summary of survey responses from 230 experienced grain merchandisers quantifies personal characteristics, skills perceived as important, and desire for executive education. Parametric analyses identify factors contributing to...

  • Assessing the Impact of the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) in the Uganda Rural Livelihoods

    The National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) program of Uganda is an innovative public private extension service delivery approach, with the goal of increasing market oriented agricultural production by empowering farmers to demand and control agricultural advisory services. Although initial evaluations of NAADS have been quite favourable, these evaluations have been primary...

  • It?s a Small World After All: Defining Smallholder Agriculture in Ghana

    Strategies for boosting the agricultural economies of developing countries usually focus on small farms, attempting, for example, to link smallholders with markets through production chain development. However, such strategies often fail to differentiate between different types of small farmers or to investigate the distribution of assets within the group?efforts that are important because...

  • Building capacity to increase agricultural productivity and incomes of poor small-scale farmers

    If poverty is to be tackled in Africa, the productivity of the agricultural sector?which employs the majority of the citizenry?must be increased. This is especially crucial at a time when food prices are surging as a result of increasing demand for food grains, animal products, and vegetable oils. However, agricultural productivity will not increase if the capacity of farmers and other...

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