Survey results from the international research on rural extension agent and advisor perspectives of extension and innovation.
Thank you to everyone who kindly participated in the international research on rural extension agent and advisor perspectives of extension and innovation. The international research was supported by the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services. Congratulations to John James and Ashley Norval who are the winners of the $50 gift cards.
A summary of the survey results is available here. This includes a comparison of results between Australia and New Zealand, as well as with responses from APEN members from other countries, and with responses from surveys of extension agents in Argentina and South Africa. Key findings are that Australian and NZ respondents
Believe extension involves dialogue & coordination, and is participatory and farmer-led
Prefer to use group extension methods, but also value individual methods
Identify most strongly with extension agents as professionals that help farmers to improve productive, commercial or organisational practices
View “protection and management of natural resources” as a primary objective of extension, followed by increasing farm “productivity and profitability”