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Article Number - 1EC78CE61685


Vol.8(12), pp. 240-249 , December 2016
DOI: 10.5897/JAERD2016.0822
ISSN: 2141-2170



Full Length Research Paper

Making the demand driven extensions services systems work through decentralised structures: Prospects for the future extension service delivery in Malawi



Charles McPhery Masangano
  • Charles McPhery Masangano
  • Extension Department, Bunda College Campus, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Malawi.
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Hastings Chiwasa
  • Hastings Chiwasa
  • Extension Department, Bunda College Campus, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Malawi.
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Daimon K. Kambewa
  • Daimon K. Kambewa
  • Extension Department, Bunda College Campus, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Malawi.
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Mayamiko Kakwera
  • Mayamiko Kakwera
  • Extension Department, Bunda College Campus, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Malawi.
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Masautso Chimombo
  • Masautso Chimombo
  • Extension Department, Bunda College Campus, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Malawi.
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Marriam Matita
  • Marriam Matita
  • Extension Department, Bunda College Campus, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Malawi.
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Wisdom Gausi
  • Wisdom Gausi
  • Extension Department, Bunda College Campus, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Malawi.
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 Received: 09 September 2016  Accepted: 03 November 2016  Published: 31 December 2016

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Malawi adopted a pluralistic, demand-driven and decentralised agricultural extension system in 2000, following a political change from one party to a multiparty democratic system of government. This was followed by the introduction of a district agricultural extension services system (DAESS) as a way of facilitating the implementation of the pluralistic, demand-driven and decentralised agricultural extension policy. This study was conducted to assess the feasibility and status of implementation of DAESS. The study was conducted as an action research which involved an assessment of the status as well as implementation of the DAESS system. Stakeholder consultations revealed that DAESS is a very good extension system for promoting agricultural and rural development in Malawi considering its socio-political set-up. At the time of the study, the system had not been well established in two of the three districts and the action research activities demonstrated that the system can be established and works effectively in promoting agricultural development. There is need to conduct more sensitization and training of stakeholders for them to understand and effectively implement the system. 
 
Key words: Extension system, pluralistic extension, decentralised extension, demand-driven extension, extension policy, action research.
 

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APA Masangano, C. M., Chiwasa, H., Kambewa, D. K., Kakwera, M., Chimombo, M., Matita, M., & Gausi, W. (2016). Making the demand driven extensions services systems work through decentralised structures: Prospects for the future extension service delivery in Malawi. Journal of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, 8(12), 240-249.
Chicago Charles McPhery Masangano, Hastings Chiwasa, Daimon K. Kambewa, Mayamiko Kakwera, Masautso Chimombo, Marriam Matita and Wisdom Gausi. "Making the demand driven extensions services systems work through decentralised structures: Prospects for the future extension service delivery in Malawi." Journal of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development 8, no. 12 (2016): 240-249.
MLA Charles McPhery Masangano, et al. "Making the demand driven extensions services systems work through decentralised structures: Prospects for the future extension service delivery in Malawi." Journal of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development 8.12 (2016): 240-249.
   
DOI 10.5897/JAERD2016.0822
URL http://academicjournals.org/journal/JAERD/article-abstract/1EC78CE61685

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