Strengthening Extension Skills of Young Professionals in Afghanistan and Pakistan
AGNR has partnered with several U.S. universities to train Afghan and Pakistani Extension professionals in improving their agricultural knowledge and their outreach to farmers.
USDA has provided funding for workshops by the five universities -- University of California at Davis, University of Maryland, Purdue University, Iowa State University, and Washington State University. The University of Agriculture, Faisalbad, and Nangarhar University have scheduled a series of workshops in Pakistan and Afghanistan, to teach trainees.
Strengthen the extension and delivery systems of Afghanistan and Pakistan to better meet the needs of farmers and the rural poor.
1. Strengthen technical skills in priority areas within a context for extension training.
2. Provide an extension framework for subsequent implementation
3. Highlight the need for information source-extension linkages
This brochure on soybeans was produced by a team of workshop trainees. The trainees will provide brochures like these to their farm clients, which explain best practices and conditions for growing crops.
All of the workshops will focus on improving agricultural knowledge, such as diagnosing pest problems, cultivation and increasing food production, and improving Extension outreach skills.
Workshop 1: University of Agriculture, Faisalbad, Pakistan
The first workshop was held in June 2011 in Pakistan. Trainees learned about:
The trainers also took a field trip to an agricultural station and a water buffalo dairy farm.
Workshop 2: Nangarhar University, Afghanistan
Workshop 2 was held in November 2011, with over 30 Afghan and Pakistani trainees attending. They discussed issues that farmers face and how to address them, such as obtaining improved seeds,
Afghan Extension trainees with U.S. Extension educators, at the second workshop, held in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan.
the high cost of fertilizer and lack of irrigation. In one exercise, the trainees developed Extension materials that they can later use, such as producing a factsheet on growing wheat.
For more information, contact AJL, Coordinator
Last updated: 12/12/2011