Social Sciences

A framework for assessing agricultural extension approaches and an analysis of transferrable public health approaches

Project code
AUD 178,037
Research program manager
Dr Jayne Curnow
Project leader
Dr Mary Johnson, College of Design and Social Context, RMIT University
MAR 2020
MAR 2021
Project status
Legally committed/Active
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This project will generate practical insights and actionable recommendations for how ACIAR programs can better integrate cutting-edge agricultural practice change and community engagement praxis.

The project will first review the extensive peer-reviewed literature from the Mekong region in order to create a framework that compares different models and approaches and their strengths and weaknesses. This will be done for both the fields of public health and agricultural extension in order to explore areas for cross-disciplinary learning.

The project will then use this topography and learning to build on the work from a previous small research activity (SRA) ASEM 2016-047 and develop, trial and refine a diagnostic framework for ACIAR to assess proposals to ensure that agricultural practice change and community engagement are at, or redefining, the cutting edge of agricultural extension.

Expected Outcomes

  • Analyse and document public health promotion approaches that can be applied to advance agricultural extension practices.
  • Provide practical insights and a framework for ACIAR to action and operationalize material presented in SRA ASEM 2016-047.