Decentralizing the Farmer-to-Farmer extension approach to the local level, Dr. Shiva Shrestha
Dr. Shiva Kumar Shrestha
Sustainable Soil Management Programme, Lalitpur
Purpose: As the government extension services are less effective in reaching the remote areas and mid-hills of Nepal, the purpose of this paper is to examine 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 Village Development Committee (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.
Originality/value: Decentralizing the FtF extension approach to the local level, the VDCs.
Keywords: Sustainability; Sustainable development.
Citation: Kumar Shrestha, S. (2014), "Decentralizing the Farmer-to-Farmer extension approach to the local level", World Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, Vol. 11 No. 1, pp. 66-77. https://doi.org/10.1108/WJSTSD-08-2013-0028