Building Extension Capacities

The CAES International Programs Office (IPO) is building institutional extension capacity through a multitude of programs. CAES IPO plays a special role by helping build bridges between potentially useful university research and those who can benefit in developing countries. With a focus on extension and high value crops, CAES IPO works with national partners to build capacity and provide technical information that can help.

Ongoing programs include:

Afghanistan Agricultural Extension Program (AAEP)
CAES IPO manages a consortium of Land Grant universities in the Afghanistan Agricultural Extension Program (AAEP). Funded by USAID, the project began in October 2011 with the aim to build needs-driven national extension capacity in Afghanistan.
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The International Ag Extension Academy:
Through the International Agricultural Extension Academy, CAES IPO builds both institutional and individual capacity to better meet farmers needs through needs-based extension.
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Integrating Gender & Nutrition within Agricultural Extension Services (INGENAES):
CAES IPO is a member of the INGENAES team working with USAID missions, civil society organizations, farmer organizations, universities, and private sector service providers in Feed The Future countries to promote gender-transformative agricultural development and nutrition-sensitive agricultural practices. Key contacts: Nikki Grey Rutamu, Edye Kuyper
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Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services (MEAS)
CAES IPO was a key partner in the recently-completed globally-focused Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services (MEAS) project. IPO contributed many of the studies and practical extension materials shared through the project.
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Guatemala:
CAES IPO is a key partner in the Food for Progress project rebuilding the National extension capacity in Guatemala. Working with the Universidad de San Jose and Counterpart, the project trains both public and private extension workers through a series of modules.

Japan:
As part of the collaboration between UC Davis-Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT), a workshop was held at TUAT for TUAT students outlining how universities can help address the many major global challenges through the combination of education, research and outreach.