IFPRI Nigeria Teams Up With NAERLS and IAR to Present Seminar on Extension Reform

Want to learn more about extension reform? Fancy taking a trip to Zaria? Join us next Tuesday as IFPRI Nigeria, the National Agricultural Extension Research & Liaison Services (NAERLS) and the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR) collaborate to bring you a seminar titled, "Evaluating Extension Reforms – Implications for Nigeria." Joining us from Washington, DC to present is IFPRI Senior Research Fellow Dr. Suresh Babu. The event will be chaired by Ismaila Y. Ilu, Director of NAERLS. Discussants include Dr. A.M. Falaki, Executive Director of IAR and Professor Tunji Arokoyo, Director of the Federal Department of Extension. We hope to see you there!

Date: Tuesday, July 16th, 2013
Time: 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Venue: Conference Hall, National Agricultural Extension Research & Liaison Servicesm, Ahmadu Bello University, P.M.B. 1067, Zaria Nigeria.

We apologize, but we are unable to provide transportation stipends to attend this event.


Extension systems in developing countries have undergone remarkable changes over the last two decades. Some developing countries have neglected public extension systems due to structural adjustment and stabilization policies and other developing countries have reformed their extension systems to meet the needs of the small holder farmers. In the same period, the extension and advisory services have become more pluralistic and are currently undertaken by several actors and players. Yet, the role of public extension systems to meet the knowledge needs of smallholders remains a challenge. Evaluation studies looking for impact of the extension reforms often do not fully study the implementation challenges faced by the reforming institutions. In this presentation, an attempt will be made to develop a common framework for evaluating the outcomes of the extension programs with a focus on the pathways to such outcomes. Some lessons from studying the extension system reforms in developing countries will be presented and discussed with implications for Nigeria.