Food Security and Nutrition Network

How much is the picture worth? Reviewing on-farm demos in agriculture extension

Event Details
Thursday, May 4, 2017 -
9:30am to 11:00am
Mercy Corps, 1111 19th St NW Suite 650, Washington DC 20036

Demonstration sites are an important element of any agriculture extension system. Well managed demonstrations can play a critical role in enabling farmers to learn and adopt innovative farming practices. On the flipside, poorly managed demonstration sites can dissuade farmers from adopting new practices. Despite their ubiquity, limited evidence exists regarding the factors that influence effectiveness of on-farm demos, as they are commonly called. The result is a capacity gap for implementers of food security and agriculture development programs on how to improve the management and enhance the impact of these sites.

Against this background, World Vision recently completed an assessment funded by the USAID Food for Peace-funded TOPS Small Grants Program, aimed at developing guidelines for improving the management of agriculture demonstration sites. The study included a review of prevailing practices across food security programs in Bangladesh, Niger and Zimbabwe, as well as consultations with practitioners and stakeholders from over 30 organizations who are involved in implementing agriculture demonstration sites globally.

During this seminar, World Vision will share findings from the assessment highlighting key challenges, lessons learned, best practices and recommendations for improving management of on-farm demos. The seminar will provide an opportunity to reflect on factors influencing knowledge transfer and behavior change in agriculture development. The event will also serve as a platform for discussing opportunities to strengthen the technical and operational efficiency of key elements in agriculture extension systems.

Register to attend the seminar here!


Presenters: Gitau Mbure - Senior Technical Advisor for Agriculture at World Vision and Clare Sullivan - Deputy Agriculture and Food Security Center, Columbia University.

This event will take place at Mercy Corps' DC office at 1111 19th St NW, Suite 650, Washington, DC 20036 and will also be streamed online here. This event is funded by a TOPS Small Grant. Learn more about our Small Grants Program here.