Social Systems

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

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Project code
AUD 178,037
Research program manager
Dr Clemens Grünbühel
Project leader
Dr Mary Johnson, RMIT University
Commissioned organisation
RMIT University
MAR 2020
DEC 2021
Project status
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This project aimed to generate practical insights and actionable recommendations for how ACIAR programs can better integrate cutting-edge agricultural practice change and community engagement praxis.

The project reviewed 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 was done for both the fields of public health and agricultural extension in order to explore areas for cross-disciplinary learning.

The project used 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.

Project 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.