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BLOG-2: Competence Development through Education and Capacity Development through Extension

While the concept of capacity development is much discussed in extension literature, little attention is given to competence development, argues Dr Laxmi Prasad Pant. In a recent paper (see Pant, 2012), we argued that the fields of ‘competence development’ and ‘capacity development’ remain isolated in the scholarship of learning and innovation despite the contemporary focus on innovation systems thinking in agriculture and rural

DrLaxmi Prasad Pant is Postdoctoral Researcher and Adjunct Professor at the University of Guelph, Canada. His research focuses on community engagement in technology development, risk assessment and risk assessment to make technology more accessible and adaptable to end-users. He uses a diversity of emerging technologies, such as Golden Rice, Kasalath Rice, farmers’ crop varieties, cellular phones, smart phones, broadband Internet and nano foods, to illustrate the policy and practice of technology development, innovation and sustainable development.(Email