Strengthening private sector extension and advisory services


August 28, 2019

September 11, 2019 


Effective agricultural extension and advisory services are widely recognized as essential for any program to transform agricultural systems and address global social and economic development objectives. The idea of extension as solely the purview of government extension agencies is history. Both public and private organizations are active in extension and advisory services, which constitute an integral part of the agricultural innovation system. Major extension providers include public agencies, agribusinesses (input suppliers, product buyers, financial agencies), producer organizations, nongovernmental organizations, civil society interest groups, mass media, and private farm advisors. Private extension providers include both for-profit and non-profit entities. The capacity of these providers and how well they are linked, motivated, and coordinated largely determine how well needs of rural producers are served.

In this Agrilinks webinar, the Feed the Future Developing Local Extension Capacity (DLEC) Project will present results of a portfolio review exploring recent experience and potential for expanding private sector agricultural extension and advisory services to improve knowledge and information support for the agricultural sector. The review included literature relevant to private sector extension and the extension activities of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in 28 countries. The webinar speakers will give recommendations for expanding private sector agricultural extension and advisory services through future USAID projects and other investments.

The webinar will also cover two cases of private sector extension, one in Senegal and one in Uganda. There will be time for questions and answers.


  • Kristin Davis, Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and DLEC Project Co-Director.
  • Jean-Michel Voisard, Senior Market Systems Advisor, RTI International.
  • Robert Anyang, Agriculture and Food Security Advisor, Chemonics International Inc.

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The Feed the Future Developing Local Extension Capacity (DLEC) project measurably improves extension programs, policies and services by creating locally-tailored, partnership-based solutions and by mobilizing active communities of practice to advocate for scaling proven approaches. Led by Digital Green in partnership with Care International, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS), DLEC is an action-oriented, evidence-based learning project. The CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) supports DLEC via its Flagship 1: Technological Innovation and Sustainable Intensification.

Photo: Diana Mrazikova / Digital Green