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Policy process site update
The extension policy discussion document is still under consideration within the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
ARC logo ARC concept towards sustainable agricultural development
The Agricultural Research Council (ARC) of South Africa takes a look at extension services in the country
Farmer Field Schools have had positive impacts in East Africa. Pic: International Institute for Rural Reconstruction Critical commentary on the extension discussion paper
Dr Michael Aliber argues that we need to pay much closer attention to the 'how' of finding real alternatives to current extension approaches.
International Trends in Extension
Download the presentation as discussed at the national consultative workshops in October 2012
Extension in South Africa
Download the presentation as discussed at the national consultative workshops in October 2012
Participants assess the current state of extension Big turnout at policy dialogue workshops
Around 120 people attend the Free State workshop while over 60 attend the session in Kimberley
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Download the report below Agricultural extension in South Africa: Status quo report
Download the Phuhlisani report which provides a comprehensive review of the evolution of agricultural extension services in South Africa
Debating policy priorities for extension Vibrant discussion at Elsenberg
The first provincial consultative extension policy dialogue workshop brings diverse stakeholders together in the Western Cape
Hearing all the voices - finding common ground Policy dialogue workshops get under way in October
Workshops planned for Western Cape, Free State and Northern Cape starting Tuesday 2nd October. Follow on Twitter #extensionZA
Connecting researchers and practitioners through Twitter Harnessing global thinking on extension with Twitter
How can South African's learn from African and international experiences in extension design and smallholder support? We are using Twitter to try and broaden the conversation.
Download from the link below Download the first 15 Extension Opinion pieces
We have combined the first 15 extension opinion pieces into a single PDF. Download below
Download from the link below Summary and policy options discussion document
Download the Phuhlisani synthesis report which summarises the in depth local and international reviews and sets out broad policy options for public discussion
Download from the link below Fisheries extension in South Africa: Status quo
Download the Phuhlisani report on the status of extension and development services in the fisheries sector
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Download the report below Forestry extension in South Africa: Status quo
Download the Phuhlisani report on the status of extension and development services in the forest sector
We need to think beyond narrow sectoral approaches Thinking outside the boxes
Charlie Shackleton writing in Extension Opinion No 8 (See Forestry stream) argues that the current sectoral approaches to extension will have limited impact on poverty
Download extension review A review of international trends in extension
Download the Phuhlisani review which summarises key trends in agriculture, forestry and fisheries extension
Towards Carnegie 3 Carnegie 3 brings together the national 'social electricians' to share ideas and experience and discuss strategies to overcome poverty and inequality
The conference surfaces the enormous breadth and depth of research with a rural focus. The lack of adequate support services for small holder producers emerges as a strong theme.
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Policy dialogue workshops
Workshops scheduled in all nine provinces in October to discuss policy options for the future of public sector extension in South Africa. Invites going out next week
Examining policy options What should we expect from a National Extension Policy?
A scan of the international experience highlights some of the key components we should expect to find in a national extension policy document. But what about the gap between policy and implementation?
Thembi Ngcobo (ARC), Tozamile Lukhalo (DAFF), Rick de Satge, Jeanette Clarke, Siyabu Manona, Boyce Williams, Dr. Stephen Turner, Dr. Moenieba Isaacs and Dr. Steve Worth Team workshop reviews research and examines policy options
Members of the Phuhlisani team held a two day workshop on 6-7th August to review the state of extension and identify international trends
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Extension Prezi New animated Prezi takes you through the extension policy development process
Click on the link to Prezi below and in five minutes you will have a better understanding of the process of developing new policy on extension and advisory services for agriculture, forestry and fisheries
Starting a dialogue Join the national conversation
Phuhlisani facilitating dialogue towards the development of a new policy on extension and advisory services for agriculture, forestry and fisheries in South Africa
Asking the right questions Extension for what?
What is the purpose of extension and advisory services? What should be the priorities of research and extension systems?
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Phases in the policy development process National Extension Policy website goes live!
Keep informed about the process for developing a new national policy on extension and advisory services for agriculture, forestry and fisheries in South Africa.



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