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Draft Discussion Paper: Enhancing positive impact in agricultural research for development: Rethinking the role of "Agricultural Extension" and research

Members of the Ratu Rani Women's Agriculture Collective, Bhaluwa village, Nepal

The aim of this paper is to help Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D) researchers and research organisations increase the positive impact of their research by thinking through some of the ways the research context is changing, how “agricultural extension” specifically has shifted, and what a rethink of agricultural extension suggests about and offers to agricultural research.

The paper is informed by an extensive literature review, a series of workshops with ACIAR stakeholders, and 37 interviews with ACIAR researchers and experts in AR4D and extension.

To supply feedback on this draft discussion paper, Jayne.Curnow [at] aciar.gov.au (subject: Draft%20Discussion%20Paper%20-%20) (email Dr Jayne Curnow), ACIAR's Research Program Manager for Social Sciences.