CONTENTS:- 1. Introduction. 2. Extension in agricultural and rural development. 3. The economic contributions of agricultural extension. 4. Improving extension programmes and processes. 5. Using rapid or participatory rural appraisal. 6. Developing and delivering extension programmes. 7. Selecting appropriate content and methods in programme delivery. 8. Improving women farmers’ access to extension services. 9. Implementing strategic extension campaigns. 10. Evaluating extension programmes. 11. Formulating extension policy. 12. Improving the organization and management of extension. 13. Managing human resources within extension. 14. Training and professional development. 15. Acquiring and managing financial resources. 16. Monitoring extension programmes and resources. 17. Establishing a management information system. 18. Strengthening research extension farmer linkages.
Apart from the importance of farmers and agriculture in the society and economy concerned, several conditions appear to be necessary for the initiation and organized development of agricultural extension work. The prime condition is that information has been assembled systematized, and made available on good or progressive or new agricultural practices suited to a particular environment, and is based on either (or both) the accumulation of experience or findings from research (however rudimentary). Second, this information is used, among other things, to educate professional agriculturists who may further enlarge or refine this body of agriculturists who may further enlarger or refine this body of knowledge or become active promoters and disseminators of it. Third, an appropriate administrative organizational structure exists b and within which the dissemination activities may be established and conducted.