GLOBAL EXTENSION OUTREACH
UF/IFAS Global extends knowledge and skills related to agricultural research and outreach through a variety of projects and capacity development trainings. All extension efforts work with in-country partners to determine their needs and interests and provide opportunities for UF faculty and students to share their expertise. The USAID Support to Agricultural Research and Development in Haiti (SARD) and Integrating Gender and Nutrition into Agriculture Extension Systems (INGENAES) projects specifically focus on building capacity of local extension providers in a variety of settings through joint research and trainings. Previous agricultural extension efforts included the Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services (MEAS) project with the University of Illinois. See the link to these projects on the website.
SARD (Support to Agricultural Research and Development in Haiti): UF/IFAS is the lead institution on a new five-year (2015-2020) project designed to strengthen human and institutional capacity in Haiti to help farmers and agribusiness gain access to better information, technologies, and services. Twenty students will complete their MS degree program as part of this project. The students will be required to conduct a portion of their research in Haiti. One Haitian research professional will be a special member of each graduate student’s committee. The students will work on research priorities identified through interviews with farmer organizations in year 1 of the project. | SARD in Haiti
INGENAES (Integrating Gender and Nutrition within Agricultural Extension Services) : INGENAES will assist USAID missions in Feed The Future countries to strengthen gender and nutrition integration within agricultural extension and advisory services (EAS). The program will take the following approach:
- Build more robust, gender-responsive, and nutrition-sensitive institutions, projects and programs capable of assessing and responding to the needs of both men and women farmers through EAS.
- Identify, test efficacy, and scale proven mechanisms for delivering improved EAS to women farmers.
- Disseminate gender-appropriate and nutrition-enhancing technologies and access to inputs to improve women’s agricultural productivity and enhance household nutrition.
- Apply effective, nutrition-sensitive, extension approaches and tools for engaging both men and women. Women’s contributions to agriculture are frequently constrained by lack of land ownership, lack of access to agricultural inputs, less labor availability and responsibilities related to child care and domestic work. INGENAES will explore ways to expand gender equity through training and creating successful innovations that better address integrating gender issues into Extension services. The University of Florida has a significant sub-award for activities in multiple target countries. | INGENAES
Mondernizing Extension And AdvistoryServices: The USAID-funded MEAS project promotes and assists in the modernization of rural extension and advisory services worldwide through various outputs and services that we provide. The project’s goal was to help farmers with limited resources in 20 of the world’s poorest countries identify emerging market opportunities while using their land and labor resources to more efficiently serve these markets. As a strongly demand-driven service project, MEAS brought resources of US universities and their partners to bear on extension system development. The project emphasized participatory approaches and collaboration with development partners under three components:
- Training - disseminating Modern Approaches to Extension through user-friendly training materials and good practice notes and training programs that promote new strategies and approaches to rural extension and advisory service delivery.
- Research - analyzing and documenting lessons learned and good practice through success stories, case studies, evaluations, pilot projects, and action research.
- Advisory services - designing modern extension, information, and advisory services projects, programs, and institutions in the public and private sectors. | MEAS
WINNER (Watershed Initiative for National Environmental Resources): The long-term vision of the WINNER program is the following: "People living within targeted corridors will have sustainably increased incomes, driven by agricultural development, reduced threat from flooding, and a stronger private sector. Their experience will serve as a model approach to replicate both within and beyond the targeted corridors".
To facilitate farmer training, UF/IFAS worked with WINNER to develop five Rural Centers for Sustainable Development/CRDD’s (CRDD is the abbreviation in French). CRDDs are training, applied research and demonstration centers – with some offering laboratory tests for soil, water and plant diagnostics - set up in collaboration with either the Haitian government or private entities. These training centers provided training sessions and guided visits to Haitian farmers to help them improve their farming techniques. | WINNER