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Agriculture Best Extension Practices Course


Agricultural extension refers to the application of scientific research and new knowledge to agricultural practices through farmer education. The field of 'extension' now encompasses a wide range of communication and learning activities organized for rural people by educators from different disciplines, including agriculture, agricultural marketing, health, and business studies among others. Extension practitioners are found throughout the world, usually working for government agencies and non-governmental organizations. They are represented by several professional organizations, networks and extension journals.

Agricultural extension services provide critical knowledge in the form of techniques and skills to farmers, with the aim to improve the productivity and sustainability of their operations. Over the decades/ generations, improvements in extension services have been noted. These have resulted in extension services that are often now considered as best practice and promote: existing, location-specific knowledge and experience that farmers have. 


This course is intended for audiences working in governments, funding agencies, and research and development facilitating non-government and Civil society organizations. It is also suitable for business owners and representatives from organizations that support extension services and/or seek to enable an environment in which businesses can flourish


Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the historical Context and evolution of Extension and Advisory Systems
  • Gain insights in Extension approaches, models and methods, knowledge in Extension Systems and respective tools and approaches for participatory research and development in order to apply in their own settings
  • Be able to organize demonstrations/ farmer field days especially where the private sector will also partially invest in the demonstration. For example, demonstrating the quality of their improved seeds, fertilizer regimes or feed products etc. Elements of on-farm, collaborative research (experimentation)
  • Acquire tactics and be able to provide trainings at times convenient to special groups like women and where the content is relevant and of interest to them.
  • Have influence over the local government extension funds e.g. issuing extension-vouchers and farmers contribute a small amount to this (a simple lunch from local produce) and be able to inspire farmers to contribute to the processes too so that they too can have a say over the quality of service.
  • Get knowledge on the use of posters, radio, ICT (market information to mobile phone etc.), TV etc. as some of the appropriate outreach with lead-farmer-outreach networks that cost less and have greater-local impact
  • Be able to encourage interaction and sharing information within groups / associations that is known to be of value, including the private sector.
  • Engage with the private sector often understand market demands best and may be willing to financially contribute, and sometimes are doing extension already.


  • Key concepts in Agricultural Extension
  • Extension terminology
  • Historical Context for the Evolution of Extension and Advisory Systems
  • Primary Agricultural Development Goals
  • Primary Objectives of Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services
  • Clientele to be served by a pluralistic Agricultural Extension and Advisory System
  • Extension approaches, models and methods
  • Demand-driven or Farmer-led Extension
  • Market-driven Extension
  • Financial Constraints limiting the Effectiveness of Public
  • Extension Systems
  • Challenges and opportunities
  • Group formation and management for participatory research and extension
  • Tools and approaches for participatory research and development
  • Progress and process monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment
  • Introduction GIS and RS in Agriculture extension
  • ICT for Development/ ODK in Agriculture extension


Participants should be reasonably proficient in English. Applicants must live up to Indepth Research Services (IRES) admission criteria.


The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Services (IRES) certificate.


The training is residential and will be held at IRES Training Centre. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.


Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

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Mob: +254 715 077 817

Tel: 020 211 3814


This training can also be customized for your institution upon request to a minimum of 4 participants. You can have it delivered in our training centre or at a convenient location.

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Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before C.O.B. 20th February 2019

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Payment for the all courses includes a registration fee, which is non-refundable, and equals 15% of the total sum of the course fee.

1.    Participants may cancel attendance 14 days or more prior to the training commencement date.

2.    No refunds will be made 14 days or less to the training commencement date. However, participants who are unable to attend may opt to attend a similar training at a later date, or send a substitute participant provided the participation criteria have been met.

Please Note: The program content shown here is for guidance purposes only. Our continuous course improvement process may lead to changes in topics and course structure.

Event Properties

Event Duration 5 Days
Event Date 27-05-2019
Event End Date 31-05-2019
Cut off date 20-05-2019
Individual Price(Kenyan) KES 75,000
Individual Price (International) EUR 1,012
Individual Price(International in Dollars) USD 1,000
Location Nairobi, Kenya
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