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Changing Roles of Agricultural Extension in Asian Nations

R.K. Samanta (Editor) A.W. Van Den Ban (Editor)
Synopsis In the recent past, it has been observed that in many Asian Nations there is now a more rapid growth in economic prosperity than there has ever been in the so called developed nations. This results in major changes in agriculture and therefore agricultural extension also has to change. The present book Changing Role of Agricultural Extension in Asian Nations tries to help Managers of Agricultural Extension Organizations and Extension Scientists in Asian countries to decide which changes in the roles of agricultural extension organizations in their country are desirable and how these changes can be implemented. This implies learning from experience and that is the reason why various experts on the field have been invited from various Universities, Research Institutes, NGOs and other Extension and donor organizations all over the world to contribute chapters for this book about the changes in the roles of Agricultural Extension in which they have been involved and are experiences. Accordingly, 17 chapters on the main theme Changing Role of Agricultural Extension have been chosen and placed in 4 difference parts namely: Part I – Extension Policies; Part 2 – Commercialization of Farming and Privatization of Extension; Part 3 – Supporting Poor Farm Families; and Part 4 – Increasing Managerial Abilities of Farmers and Use of ICTs in the Book. The Editors and the Contributors sincerely hope that this book will help the readers to adjust their Agricultural Extension system and approach to the changing situation in which they work by learning from experience in different Asian countries. Further, it is also expected that the sharing experiences between nations may help to improve Agricultural Extension and in the process it helps them to realize the opportunities, the change in their society offers them.
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About the authors

R.K. Samanta

Dr. Ranjit Kumar Samanta (b. 1950), obtained M.Sc. (Ag) from University of Kalyani, West Bengal. He was awarded Ph. D. degree in Agricultural Extension by the B.C. Agricultural University, West Bengal in 1978. Dr. Samanta began his teaching career as Assistant Professor of Agricultural Extension at B.C. Agricultural University and then Joined Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in 1976. Further academic training of Dr. Samanta has been both in India and in the United States of America./ Dr. Samanta’s areas of specialization are Technology Transfer, Development Communication, Rural Development and Human Communications in Organisations,. He has to his credit six books and over 80 research and otoher professional papers on those disciplines. Presently, Dr. Samanta is Faculty Member and Head, Transfer of Technology Systems and Politices Unit at National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, Hyderabad, India.

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A.W. Van Den Ban

Prof. A.W. Van Den Ban (1928) an Internationally known Extension Consultant earned his Masters and Doctral Degrees in Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at Wageningen Agriculture University in the Netherlands. At this very University, Dr. Van Den Ban started the Department of Extension Education. He worked as consultant on Agricultural Extension in 25 countries including 13 Asian countries and known world wide as an true thinker for agricultural and rural development through building effective extension strategies particularly, in the countries where agriculture has been the main stay of the economy. Of his textbook on Agricultural Extension some 70,000 copies has been printed in 13 languages.

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Bibliographic information

Title Changing Roles of Agricultural Extension in Asian Nations
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8176465739
length ix+435p., Figures; References; 23cm.