Agricultural extension and rural advisory services: From research to action


October 29, 2021

PIM Webinar
Thursday, 11 November 2021, 10:00 – 11:30 am EST



Extension is a critical pathway from scientific discovery to durable impact at scale, as farmers and other actors in the rural economy learn, adapt, and innovate with new technologies and practices. This webinar presents selected findings from a synthesis of PIM research on agricultural extension and advisory services and provides recommendations for improving extension in the future.

During the webinar the synthesis brief and accompanying infographic (also see below) will be presented. Speakers will then highlight innovative interventions that can be applied and adapted to enhance extension performance. These interventions are organized by extension’s “best-fit” characteristics: governance structures and funding, organizational and management capacities and cultures, methods, and community engagement.

It builds on previous PIM events such as Engaging youth and the private sector in extension and agricultural advisory services, Agricultural extension: Global status and performance in selected countries, Envisioning the future of extension, and Future extension: Innovations and evidence.


  • Overview of brief/launch of infographic (Simrin Makhija, Program Manager, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI))
  • Governance/reforms: Does devolution enhance extension accountability? (Danielle Resnick, Rubenstein Fellow, Brookings Institution)
  • Capacities and cultures: Entrepreneurial and business skills for extension (Suresh Babu, Senior Research Fellow/ Head of Capacity Strengthening, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI))
  • Methods: Using digital approaches to enhance extension’s performance (Daniel Jiménez, Scientist, The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, and Data-Driven Agronomy Community of Practice Coordinator)
  • Methods: Do farmer-led approaches improve extension’s reach? (Mywish Maredia, Professor of International Development in Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics, Michigan State University)
  • Community engagement: How does gender of message senders and recipients affect outcomes in maize production? (Els Lecoutere, Science Officer, CGIAR GENDER Platform)
  • Summary and closing (Kristin Davis, Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI))

IntroductionFrank Place, Director, CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM)

Moderator: Simrin Makhija, Program Manager, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

View the infographic:


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