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Mozambique's Experience in Building a National Extension System

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Agricultural extension services are undergoing rapid change in many countries, with a shift in funding and management from the public to the private sector. This is especially true in Africa, where donors from industrial countries, and more recently from the middle-income developing countries such as Chile, have historically promoted and financed those extension models. Currently, African nations are being encouraged to import the Farmer Field School extension model, which is ...

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Overview

Agricultural extension services are undergoing rapid change in many countries, with a shift in funding and management from the public to the private sector. This is especially true in Africa, where donors from industrial countries, and more recently from the middle-income developing countries such as Chile, have historically promoted and financed those extension models. Currently, African nations are being encouraged to import the Farmer Field School extension model, which is meeting with some success in Asia.
     Mozambique, a former Portuguese colony, became independent in 1975 but was wracked by civil war in the 1980s. It was unable to establish its public extension service until 1987. The authors analyze the growth and evolution of extension from 1987 to 2004, as provided by public, private, and NGO sources in Mozambique.
     This work highlights the Ministry of Agriculture's drive to develop and test both local and imported extension models and share its experience with other African countries.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870137631
  • Publisher: Michigan State University Press
  • Publication date: 8/5/2005
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Helder Gemo is director of National Directorate of Rural Extension, Maputo, Mozambique.

Carl K. Eicher is University Distinguished Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics at Michigan State University.

Solomon Teclamariam is Technical Advisor, National Directorate of Rural Extension, Mozambique.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Building rural institutions in Africa : painful lessons 11
3 The introduction of public and private extension in Mozambique : 1987-1992 21
4 The emergence of NGOs in extension and the changing roles of public and private extension : 1993-1998 37
5 The PROAGRI period : the first extension master plan, decentralization and outsourcing extension : 1999-2004 49
6 Appraisal of the implementation of the first extension master plan : 1999-2004 79
7 Looking ahead : critical issues for policymakers, extension managers, and donors 87
8 Summary and conclusions 103
App. 1 Number of public extension personnel by province, educational level, and employment status : 2004 111
App. 2 Extension coverage by national and international NGO and private firms by province : 2004 113
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