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A Review of Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services in sub-Saharan African Countries: Progress with Private Sector Involvement

Version 1 : Received: 9 August 2020 / Approved: 13 August 2020 / Online: 13 August 2020 (08:07:40 CEST)

How to cite: Nwafor, C.; Nwafor, I. A Review of Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services in sub-Saharan African Countries: Progress with Private Sector Involvement. Preprints 2020, 2020080294 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202008.0294.v1). Nwafor, C.; Nwafor, I. A Review of Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services in sub-Saharan African Countries: Progress with Private Sector Involvement. Preprints 2020, 2020080294 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202008.0294.v1).

Abstract

Agricultural extension and advisory services in Africa have significant impact on food security as well as economic and social development. Recent moves towards a pluralistic delivery system, including the emergence of private-sector led initiatives in many countries are subject of policy and academic discourse. Our study used an adapted, fit-for-purpose market systems development framework to review available research in extension and advisory services in selected sub-Sahara Africa countries. Using a literature survey methodology, we report evidence of multiple actors in extension delivery, findings that point towards evolution towards mixed delivery as well as objectives. While there are significant uptake of cost-recovery approaches among commercially-oriented farmers, many smallholder farmers still depended on donor-funded services. Our review adds to existing knowledge through incorporating a market systems development framework, which extends the often-used willingness to pay approach, and highlights the need for merger of the public and private-sector objectives to achieve developmental outcomes.

Subject Areas

approaches; extension services; market system; pluralistic; rural development; smallholder

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