(pp.135-151) S. K. Shrestha ‘Decentralizing the farmer-to-farmer extension approach to the local level’, World Sustainable Development Outlook, 2013
SHIVA KUMAR SHRESTHA, SUSTAINABLE SOIL MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME, NEPAL
Purpose: As the government extension services are ineffective in reaching the remote areas and mid-hills of Nepal, this research examines the effectiveness of community-based management in technology transfer.
Design/methodology/approach: The Farmer-to-Farmer (FtF) extension approach as a better alternative to government extension services will be adopted in the research.
Findings: The FtF approach is a cost effective and sustainable service delivery mechanism for extending basic and innovative technologies to rural farmers, especially in remote areas. Even marginalized, poor and disadvantaged groups, often excluded from mainstream assistance, have better access to extension services disseminated through the FtF approach. The agriculture committees established at the VDC level are much entrusted by the people as they facilitates their participation in the planning-to-implementation processes related to local agriculture development programmes. Consequently, there is much local support for the establishment of the local committees and the FtF approach. Several challenges remain however, one being the committee members’ management capacity.
Keywords: Agricultural extension, Farmer-to-Farmer, Decentralization, Sustainable
Paper type: Review