BEYOND CONVERSATIONS ON EXTENSION: Enhancing Capacities to address Emerging Challenges

In 2019, we released our inaugural blog book, “Conversations on Extension: Taking Stock and Shaping the Future,” organizing the first 100 AESA blogs under 11 different themes. This publication was a response to the demand from our readers to consolidate these blogs into a single volume, making them available as a comprehensive reference document for a diverse audience involved in Extension and Advisory Services (EAS).

This second volume “Beyond Conversations on Extension: Enhancing Capacities to address Emerging Challenges” represents our ongoing effort to compile the next 100 AESA blogs (101-200) and Field Notes published between 2019 and 2023. The blog conversations in this book focus on enhancing the capacities of EAS to support its clients, primarily farmers but also other actors in the Agricultural Innovation System (AIS), in addressing emerging challenges.

The 111 conversations that we published over the last 5 years are grouped under the following 13 themes:

Strengthening Extension Research
Livestock Extension
Digital Extension
Gender, Youth, and Entrepreneurship
Private sector and Farmer collectives
Education and Teaching
Approaches for Strengthening EAS
Nutrition-Sensitive Extension
Natural Resource Management
Forestry Extension
Governance and Policy
Response of EAS to COVID-19
Impact of COVID-19
The book concludes with a reflection on what else is needed beyond conversations to strengthen EAS.

We sincerely hope that these blog conversations will inspire more EAS professionals to share their insights through AESA and support EAS embrace change at different levels.

Suggested Citation: Sulaiman, R. V., Bhuvana, N., Dominic, D. M., Mittal, N., & Niranjan, D. A. (Eds.). (2023). Beyond conversations on Extension: Enhancing capacities to address emerging challenges, Agricultural Extension in South Asia (AESA) and Centre for Research on Innovation and Science Policy (CRISP), Hyderabad, India.