Agricultural Extension Practices For A Farming Community

1358 Words Jan 28th, 2016 6 Pages
The previous chapter reviewed the agricultural extension practices where extension plays an important role in facilitating changes in a farming community. The literature indicated that there are a lot of extension approaches due to change of ideas, purposes vary, and paradigm shift. It appears that, agricultural extension involves many different approaches and methodologies. And it is managed and delivered through a variety of institutional arrangements. It seems that no single approach best suit extension development in all circumstances.

The purpose of this chapter is to consider farming from the perspective of the farmer and how such consideration might benefit extension approaches and outcomes. The farming environment is complex and personal, each farmer’s production and lifestyle situation unique to them and reflective of the various social, cultural and environmental values they hold important. To understand such perspectives this chapter will explore the concept of farmers’ livelihood and livelihood systems, including the extent to which a livelihood approach can be applied in identifying the key factors that affects the farmers’ decision-making.

The specific focus of the chapter is to provide a conceptual framework of a Sustainable Livelihood Approach (SLA) that underpins this study. The final section of this chapter discusses the nature of the socio-cultural factors, which may have influence on farmers’ choice of farming and other decision making in their…
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