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Smallholder farmers’ perspectives on advisory extension services: a case study of the Gamo Communities of Southern Ethiopia

Dowsing, M. and Cardey, S. ORCID: (2020) Smallholder farmers’ perspectives on advisory extension services: a case study of the Gamo Communities of Southern Ethiopia. Social Sciences, 9 (9). 159. ISSN 2076-0760

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This is a case study-based research project investigating the status of Advisory Extension Services in southern Ethiopia. The goal was to determine whether available service provisions meet the requirements of smallholder farmers and enabled them to improve their farming practices and livelihoods. A combination of an exploratory inductive approach and mixed methods was used (e.g., questionnaire survey, focus group discussions, key informant interviews). Participants included members of farming households, and agents, experts, and providers working in the agricultural rural sector. The key findings suggested that limited access to resources and unpredictable environmental conditions were stifling smallholder farmer innovation and livelihoods. Service provisions should be better tailored to local conditions, provide greater resource access, and work more closely with farmers. The development and implementation of service provision should involve a wide range of institutions and farmers throughout the process. Local community- and farmer-based organisations are especially important, and can work alongside innovative and talented farmers to enable more effective dissemination of information. Agricultural rural development and service provision should focus greater attention on the views and perspectives of farmers from a range of areas with differing socio-demographic and agro-ecological characteristics for comparative analysis.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Poverty, Exclusion and Access
Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Department of International Development
ID Code:92841
Publisher:MDPI Publishing


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