Improving agricultural practices and productivity through extension services and innovative training programs

Authors

  • Eyitayo Raji Independent Researcher, Chicago, USA
  • Tochukwu Ignatius Ijomah Independent Researcher, Australia
  • Osemeike Gloria Eyieyien FDM, UK

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.51594/ijarss.v6i7.1267

Abstract

Agricultural productivity is fundamental to global food security and economic development. This paper explores the critical role of extension services and innovative training programs in enhancing agricultural practices and productivity. Traditional farming methods, while sustainable, often fail to meet the demands of modern agriculture due to limited efficiency and vulnerability to environmental changes. Extension services bridge the gap between research and practical application, offering advisory services, training, information dissemination, and resource facilitation. Innovative training programs provide farmers with essential knowledge and skills, including workshops, on-field training, and digital platforms. These initiatives lead to significant productivity improvements, evidenced by success stories like the Farmer Field Schools and India's e-Extension program. Comparative analyses show that regions with robust extension services and training programs report higher productivity and resilience. Scaling up these successful models, integrating modern technologies, fostering public-private partnerships, and building local capacity are recommended to further enhance their impact. Ultimately, these efforts are vital for sustainable agricultural development and food security.

Keywords: Agricultural Productivity, Extension Services, Innovative Training Programs, Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security.

Published

2024-07-07

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Articles