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Strengthening public-sector extension systems for smallholder farmers in Kenya

Code: 9781786769626
Charles Nkonge, David Kamau and Felister Makini, Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Institute (KALRO), Kenya

Chapter synopsis: This chapter discusses key issues and challenges in public extension services for smallholders and how challenges have been addressed. The discussion is made with particular reference to experiences in disseminating Conservation Agriculture-based technologies and practices generated from the Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume cropping Systems in Eastern and Southern Africa (SIMLESA) Project between 2010 and 2018. This is followed by a case study on extension support for Kenyan smallholders growing tea.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2020.0080.11
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 The development of extension services in Kenya 3 Developing new extension models 4 Extension in practice: participatory variety selection (PVS) and promoting conservation agriculture sustainable intensification (CASI) in the SIMLESA Project 5 Successful extension techniques in the SIMLESA Project 6 Case study: farmer field schools and other types of extension delivered by the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) 7 Conclusion 8 Where to look for further information 9 References

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