Review of extension systems in Ethiopia- East shewa, West Shewa and East Wollega zones

As part of the baseline survey for the ACIAR- funded Trees for Food Security Project, a literature review and key informants’ interviews were undertaken in Ethiopia to understand the status of the extension system. The major areas of focus were: Extension technologies disseminated to farmers; Community engagement; Capacity and efficiency; Linkage with other institutions; Commercialization and marketing and local innovation. Findings from the studies contributed to improved understanding of what extension approaches work best in different contexts encapsulated in tools for customizing scaling up methods to local farming conditions.

Review of extension systems in Rwanda- Bugesera, Rubavu and Nyabihu districts

As part of the baseline survey for the ACIAR- funded Trees for Food Security Project, a literature review and key informants’ interviews were undertaken in Rwanda to understand the status of the extension system in Rwanda. The major areas of focus were: Extension technologies disseminated to farmers; Community engagement; Capacity and efficiency; Linkage with other institutions; Commercialization and marketing and local innovation. Findings from the studies contributed to improved understanding of what extension approaches work best in different contexts encapsulated in tools for customizing scaling up methods to local farming conditions. (2018-03-13)

Review of extension systems in Burundi- Kayanza Province

Key informant interviews (KIIs) were conducted with the aim of understanding the structure of agricultural extension in Burundi. The interviews formed part of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural research (ACIAR) funded ‘Trees for Food Security’ project work package 3 activities- Reporting on different extension methods and their suitability for different contexts. A total of 12 key informants drawn from National extension directorate, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock and Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) were interviewed. The major thematic areas were: Extension services disseminated to farmers; Extension approaches; Community engagement; Capacity/ efficiency; Strengths and weaknesses of extension and Commercialization and marketing

Review of extension systems in Uganda

A key informant’s survey (KIS) was undertaken to understand the extension system in Uganda. The survey sought to determine the existing extension structure, and approaches used by various agencies to disseminate agricultural technologies, information and skills to farmers, as well as the policy context within which such processes take place. The key informant interviews were conducted with government extension staff at National, district and sub-county levels. Extension personnel from Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) were also interviewed. Findings from this study will inform the ‘Trees for Food Security’ project on different extension methods and their suitability in scaling up/out agroforestry practices in Uganda.