The role of agricultural development agents in poverty reduction is very complex, and sometimes misunderstood not only by the general public, but also by the agents themselves. The paper describes common mistakes made in agricultural development programs, and discusses strategies and changes necessary in the education and performance of agricultural extension agents so that they can better address the knowledge, environment, constraints, and reality of the people they are working with, improving their contribution to sustainable development. Among the most important transformations are 1) Moving from a transfer of technology mindset to a co-creation of knowledge framework (Röling, 2004); 2) Creating and maintaining interdisciplinary work teams; 3) Better understanding and addressing the pro-innovation bias and better preventing negative and unexpected consequences of development; 4) Engaging in sound program development; and 5) Adequately using participatory methods and better integrating extension efforts with local dynamics and indigenous knowledge systems.
|Keywords:||Sustainable Agricultural Development, Extension, Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Transfer of Technology, Interdisciplinary, Participatory Methods, Consequences, Change, Program Development, Co-Creation of Knowledge|
Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA
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