Human resources in agricultural and rural development

Papers on several main developments and issues that either persist or are emerging in the area of human resources for agricultural and rural development. Topics are:

  • the struggle of some regions to shift from centralised economies to privatisation and the free market and the implications for the agricultural advisory services
  • the growing impact of HIV on African commercial agriculture and suggestions as to how training institutions could respond
  • how agricultural extension services can be used to educate rural masses about the relationship between population growth and food production, based on experiences in Egypt
  • a critical review of the global trends and challenges in agricultural extension as observed at the turn of the millennium
  • the Farmer Field School methodology now increasingly used to promote environmentally friendly plant protection and soil fertility management through participatory learning among farmers
  • experiences from Zimbabwe, where extension agents were placed in situations that demanded the development of participatory problem- solving and innovation capacities in rural communities
  • approaches to environmental analysis and environmental impact assessment that field practitioners may consider for trials under their respective situations
  • the scarce development of suitable technologies for rural women and the insufficient consideration of women during technology transfer processes
  • how women farmers’ groups actively participated in and benefited from the Special Programme on Food Security activities in the United Republic of Tanzania, a low-income food-deficit country (LIFDC)
  • a case for revisiting the conventional basic rural education in Latin America in order to prepare the families of the future to take rural development initiatives without depending greatly on public support

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