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:

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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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.
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CAES at UC Davis is collaborating with the Weifang Sino-US Food and Agriculture Innovation Center in China on training and workshops to train agro-business managers and CEOs on food safety and good agricultural practices as well as seed technologies. We also explore the opportunities of technology transfers to benefit the agricultural community at large. Initially the collaborations were through the UC Davis World Food Center, but it transitioned to the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.For more information, feel free to contact Dr. Jan Hopmans at or Dr. Minghua Zhang at
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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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Recently completed projects include:

US-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Agriculture & Food Security (USPCAS-AFS)
CAES IPO coordinated UC faculty and graduate student exchanges, facilitated joint research between the universities, provided technical and curricular-reform assistance, and aimed to build the capacity of Pakistani agriculture to meet the country's food-security, economic and employment needs.
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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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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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