The global pandemic COVID-19 and the resultant lockdown in many countries have started impacting the agricultural sector. Farmers face challenges in accessing input and output markets and are facing severe constraints in harvesting and transporting their produce. Though various agencies are trying to address these issues, reports from several countries indicate that these are inadequate to deal with these challenges. Extension and Advisory Services (EAS) can play a major role in advising farmers on dealing with these challenges, though in many countries they lack capacities to deal with this kind of a new disaster. AESA has created this new section in its webpage- www.aesanetwork.org to:
a. discuss how EAS can support farmers in dealing with the impact of COVID-19,
b. share good practices from EAS primarily from South Asian Countries and
c. promote tools and frameworks to help EAS better address these challenges.
We look forward to receiving your experience on how your organisation is supporting farmers to deal with the impact of COVID-19. Kindly email us a 1000 words write up on your experiences as follows:
a. Nature of the challenge including location and the type of farmers
b. Your specific intervention including the organisation behind the initiative
c. How you are implementing these interventions and
d. What impact you are witnessing currently
We will edit your draft and put it online so that others can learn from your experience.
E-mail your draft to us with your full contact details including your email and face picture to firstname.lastname@example.org
COVID 19 Field Note 1 (April 2020)
1917 ITEAMS – HOW DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE & FARMERS’ WELFARE, MEGHALAYA, IS SUPPORTING FARMERS DURING THE COVID-19 LOCKDOWN
In this Note, Canning S Shabong illustrates how the Department of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Government of Meghalaya (India) is using ICT solutions to support farmers who are facing marketing issues resulting from the lockdown imposed due to COVID-19 Pandemic.
AESA Blog 107 (April 2020)
Blog 107-COVID-19: WHAT CAN EAS DO TO SUPPORT INDIAN FARMERS?
As a community of people closely associated with farming and farmers, Extension and Advisory Services (EAS) have to support farmers to deal with the present crisis. Are we effectively fulfilling this responsibility? In this blog, Dr Mahesh Chander examines how EAS providers can support farmers to deal with these challenging times.
AESA Blog 108 (April 2020)
BLOG 108-MITIGATING IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON FOOD AND AGRICULTURE IN BANGLADESH
Extension and Advisory Services should now support farmers by providing market information, organising inputs and provide other services to help them cope with restriction arising out of country- wide lockdown. But in the long run, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Department of Agricultural Extension should invest wisely to promote diversification that can potentially reduce financial vulnerabilities of small farmers and enhance more resilience to shocks similar to Covid-19, argues Dr Ranjan Roy
COVID 19 Field Notes 2 (April 2020)
KVK KODAGU AND PUTHARI FPO COMING TO THE AID OF FARMERS DURING THE LOCKDOWN
While farmers face new challenges from the lockdown imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local agricultural extension centres, such as Krishi Vigyan Kendras, have to step in and support farmers. In this note, Saju George, Prabhakar B and Subbaiah KP illustrate how ICAR-KVK Kodagu and Puthari FPO is supporting farmers to deal with these new challenges.
AESA BLOG 109 (April 2020)
COMBATING COVID-19 AND ITS IMPACT ON AGRICULTURE IN KERALA: SIGNIFICANCE OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT AND COMMUNITY ACTION
Kerala’s experience with mitigating the impact of COVID-19 reveals the importance of State support, community action, and effective governance focusing on equity. In this blog, Dr Jiju P Alex illustrates the role of the State in addressing the challenges of COVID-19 and discusses the role of Extension and Advisory Services in supporting farmers to tide over this crisis.
AESA Blog 110 (April 2020)
UNSHACKLING FARMER PRODUCER ORGANISATIONS FROM THE COVID – 19 LOCKDOWN
If empowered, Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs) can address market disruptions in the wake of pandemics like COVID-19. In this blog, Dr Vinayak Nikam and Dr Rajiv Kale examine the roles played by different FPOs in dealing with the challenges.
AESA Blog 111 (April 2020)
COLLECTIVE ACTION IN MAHARASHTRA TO DEAL WITH COVID-19 AND ITS IMPACT ON AGRICULTURE
Collective action by the agencies of the Maharashtra State Government, with support from producer collectives, have to some extent reduced the impact of Covid-19 on farmers and consumers. However, a lot more needs to be done argues Dr Sagar K Wadkar in this blog.
COVID 19 Field Note 3 (April 2020)
USING SOCIAL MEDIA TO ADVISE LIVESTOCK FARMERS IN INDIA DURING THE COVID-19 LOCKDOWN
In this field practice note, Tamizhkumaran J and Saravanan Raj illustrate the use of social media in advising livestock farmers who face several new challenges from the current lockdown imposed to tackle the spread of Covid-19.
AESA Blog 112 (April 2020)
EVERYTHING CAN WAIT, BUT NOT AGRICULTURE IN THE TIME OF COVID-19
In this blog, Dr R M Prasad argues for taking urgent steps in India to support agriculture as the lockdown imposed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts agricultural value chains.
AESA Blog 113 (April 2020)
EFFECT OF CORONA CRISIS ON FOOD SYSTEM OF NEPAL: AN EARLY APPRAISAL
The service delivery mechanism of federal, state and local governments in Nepal should be mobilized to minimize the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic so as to save both the lives and livelihoods of the Nepalese people, argues Rajesh Paudel in this blog.
AESA Blog 114 (April 2020)
WAYS TO OVERCOME THE EFFECTS OF COVID-19 ON BANGLADESH AGRICULTURE
Extension and Advisory Services (EAS) of Bangladesh should come together to respond to the immediate threats to Bangladesh agriculture from COVID-19, opines Prof. Mohammed Sekender Ali.
AESA Blog 115 (April 2020)
The effects of COVID-19 and its Psychological impact on people from different strata in India
Sooner or later the COVID-19 pandemic will come to an end. But the big question that will come up then is: “Will our life continue to be the same as before?” In this blog, Neela Madhav Patnaik discusses the impact of COVID-19 on different sections of people and the repercussions that are bound to follow in the agriculture sector.
AESA Blog 116 (April 2020)
EXTENSION AND ADVISORY SERVICES AMID COVID-19: EFFORTS OF KVKS IN RAJASTHAN, HARYANA AND DELHI
To counter impacts of COVID-19 on agriculture, KVKs in Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi are playing a proactive role. In this blog, Dr M S Meena and Dr S K Singh discuss this and suggest what more could be done to address the challenges.
CRISIS MANAGEMENT THROUGH AGILE INTERVENTION – HELPING PINEAPPLE GROWERS IN KERALA
A social experiment by Extension Officers of the Kerala State Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare changed the fate of pineapple farmers who were bracing for a huge financial loss arising from the COVID-19-imposed lockdown in the State. In this Field Note, Philipgi T Kanatt and Jony Jos narrate how this small pilot was conceived and implemented, and how it got upscaled across the State.
AESA Blog 117 (April 2020)
COVID-19: HOW EAS CAN SUPPORT LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY FARMERS DURING LOCKDOWN
COVID-19 pandemic has adversely impacted Indian farmers rearing livestock and poultry. In this blog, Dr Mahesh Chander, M S Kannadhasan and Raj Kumar Patel discuss these new challenges, the interventions being made to address them and more that can be done to support farmers during and after the crisis.
AESA Blog 118 (April 2020)
IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON NEPAL’S AGRICULTURE: THE ROAD AHEAD
The spread of COVID-19 and the resultant lockdown have already started to affect agriculture and food security in Nepal. In this blog, Ram Hari Timilsina and Suray Kant Ghimire discuss the impact of COVID-19 on different crops and agricultural enterprises in Nepal and suggest measure to overcome the crisis.
COVID 19 Field Notes 5 (April 2020)
BEHAVIOURAL CHANGE TO CONTAIN THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 IN SRI LANKAN TEA SECTOR
Ceylon Tea is well known globally for its outstanding quality and unparalleled taste. In this field note, Tharaka Jayasinghe explains the role of EAS in creating behavioural change to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Sri Lankan tea sector.
COVID 19 FIELD NOTE 6 (May 2020)
Exploiting the Potential of Whatsapp to Help Farmers Market during Covid-19
Extension officials in Kerala are playing a proactive role in linking farmers to markets during the current lockdown. In this field note, T Dileepkumar narrates the experience of using WhatsApp to link vegetable producers to markets.
AESA Blog 119 (May 2020)
Preparing for the ‘New Normal’ – Agriculture amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic
COVID-19 continues to claim lives and disrupt livelihoods around the world. While strengthening immediate relief activities Arun Balamatti recommends a few priorities for the future to the government of Karnataka, specifically for irrigated and dry land areas. He outlines a three-pronged strategy for dry land areas – reducing migration of small and marginal farmers to urban areas, keeping them productively engaged in their villages, and strengthening the seed system in favour of food and nutrition security.
AESA Blog 120 (May 2020)
IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON FARMERS LIVELIHOOD IN KHORDHA DISTRICT, ODISHA, INDIA
Rapid assessment of the impact of COVID-19 lockdown on farmers in Khordha District helped in identifying the nature and extent of losses faced by farmers in different crop and enterprises. Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) and ICAR institutes conducting this type of quick analysis will help every organisation in identifying strategies to support farmers in each district during the lockdown, and also in refining their plans for the next season, Dr P N Ananth and Dr B R Pillai argue in this blog.
COVID 19 Field Notes 7 (May 2020)
SUPPORTING CHILI FARMERS TO COPE WITH COVID-19 LOCKDOWN:
A Case from the Tribal areas of Palghar, Maharashtra
While forming farmers’ collectives to promote the most relevant technologies and to engage in collective marketing are important, farmers do need immediate support for marketing their produce during pandemics and disasters. Providing such support is critical to ensure sustainability of such initiatives, and is also a moral responsibility for change agents, argues Mukund Patil, Sreenath Dixit, Satish Gahukar and Arun Seshadri.
AESA Blog 121 (May 2020)
GEARING UP SRI LANKAN TEA INDUSTRY TO MINIMIZE ADVERSE IMPACT FROM COVID-19
In this blog, Dr Lalith Amarathunga discusses how varied stakeholders in Sri Lankan tea industry are revising their strategies to protect the tea sector from the adverse fallout of COVID-19 and suggest what more could be done to address the challenges.
Covid 19 Field Notes 8 (May 2020)
CO-WE-DID: How collective women enterprises in Bihar are beating COVID
In the shadow of COVID-19, women owned enterprises have found their space under the sun and have provided a lesson or two in embedding empathy into the very fabric of enterprise, opines Siddharth Chaturvedi.
AESA Blog 122 (May 2020)
EDUCATIONAL LANDSCAPE DURING AND AFTER THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: STRATEGIES AND ADAPTATIONS TO ENCOURAGE QUALITY TEACHING AND LEARNING
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the use of more online teaching methods. In this blog Aditya Sinha and Debabrata Basu suggest suitable strategies to ensure a smooth and successful transition of learning from a face-to-face environment to a digital environment in agricultural sciences education, especially in agricultural extension.
AESA Blog 123 (May 2020)
POLICY RESPONSE TO COVID-19 IMPACT ON THE KERALA FARM SECTOR
In this blog, Sreeram Vishnu discusses the policy response of Kerala State to combating the COVID-19 crisis in the farm sector. Embattled with a range of challenges, the State has formulated its own policies around multi-institutional interventions along with the inclusion of more functional components. Above all the central focus of the State’s policy is to achieve food self-reliance by augmenting domestic production.
AESA Field Note 9 (May 2020)
GOVERNMENT INTERVENTIONS IN SUPPORTING MANGO FARMERS IN KERALA DURING COVID-19
The timely intervention by extension officers of the Department of Agriculture Development and Farmers’ Welfare, Kerala, coupled with support from people representatives and farmers during the COVID-19 lockdown period led to the emergence of new channels for marketing the popular Muthalamada Mangoes. In this Field Note, Sujith SS and Mary Vijaya discuss how extension personnel helped farmers to turn the tide in their favour during this uncertain period.
AESA Blog 125 (June 2020)
IS COVID CRISIS A TIPPING POINT FOR TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGES IN DIGITAL EXTENSION?
While the world is struggling to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Extension and Advisory Services (EAS) have been innovative in using ICTs to support farmers. In this blog, Dr Sheikh N Meera illustrates these developments and argues the need for transformational changes within the EAS to mainstream the efforts and fully utilize the huge potential ICTs offer to support farmers.
AESA Field Notes 10 (June 2020)
Harvest your Vegetables at a KVK Farm
Mahesh Chander and Raj Karan Singh share their experience of launching “Harvest your own vegetables” programme, which allows consumers to visit a KVK farm to harvest vegetables and pay for farm fresh produce at farm gate, once a week.
AESA Field Notes 11 (June 2020)
INPUT DEALERS SUPPORT FARMERS DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS
Input dealers, trained under the DAESI programme by MANAGE, has played a key role in providing advisory and marketing support to farmers during the COVID-19 lockdown. Here, Vincent A and Balasubramani N talk of the roles played by input dealers in Karnataka during this challenging period.
AESA Blog 127 (July 2020)
COVID-19 Impact on Farmers in Bangladesh: Findings from the BAEN Survey
The Society for Bangladesh Agricultural Extension Network (BAEN) recently organized a survey among Extension and Advisory service providers in Bangladesh to understand the challenges faced by farmers due to COVID-19 and the effectiveness of the measures aimed at addressing them. In this blog, Dr. Sekender Ali presents findings from this survey.
AESA BLOG-128 (July 2020)
Extension and Advisory Services (EAS) in the Indian Rubber Sector: Reforms needed in the COVID-19 Backdrop
Though conventional extension methods which make use of strong personal rapport between the extension agents and stakeholders have proved to be highly effective in bringing positive attitudinal changes among rubber farmers, situations like COVID-19 demand complementing this with more online services. As social isolation remains one of the most important recommendations in the fight against COVID-19, e-extension gains importance in delivering EAS, opines C Sabu.
AESA Blog 129 (July 2020)
ADAPTING TO NEW NORMAL: SOME REFLECTIONS ON ROLE OF EXTENSION IN THE CONTEXT OF COVID-19
India’s extension systems, with cross-country presence and grass root level outreach, has multiple roles to play in supporting the farming community in their struggle against the pandemic COVID-19 and its ill effects on agricultural sector. Shantanu Rakshit, Reshma Gills, Anshida Beevi, C. N, Sajesh V. K. and Ph. Romen Sharma discuss some of the potential roles of extension in enabling the farming community to adapt to a new normal.
AESA Blog 130 (July 2020)
ASIAN FARMERS CONSULT VIBRANT E-PLANT CLINIC NETWORK IN PANDEMIC TIMES
Plant clinics are meeting places where local agricultural advisory officers, known as plant doctors, help farmers struggling with plant pests and diseases. During the COVID-19 pandemic, plant clinics continued to provide advisory services to farmers by going online. Malvika Chaudhary shares her knowledge here.
AESA Field Notes 12 (July 2020)
INSTITUTIONAL EFFORTS TO ADDRESS CHALLENGES OF BACKYARD POULTRY FARMERS IN BIDAR DISTRICT DURING COVID- 19 PANDEMIC
Backyard poultry farmers faced several issues and challenges during COVID-19 pandemic. Dr Vidyasagar, Dr Prakashkumar Rathod, Dr D Dilipkumar and Dr Prashant Waghmare discuss efforts made by Veterinary College, KVAFSU, Bidar, Karnataka, to address the challenges and support farmers.