Rural extension and advisory services

Rural extension and advisory services can enhance the adaptive capacity and efficiency of farmers. Through horizontal networking and the creation of structures for group-based learning, farmers are supported in their technology development process. 

IAK uses participative approaches for the design of extension and advisory services, with the focus being placed on farmers and their specific context. In Farmer Field Schools (FFS) for example, farmers improve agricultural technologies in a group process and adapt their farming systems to changing environmental conditions. In order to implement such structures, capacities of rural extension and advisory services can be strengthened through training. IAK has already worked with service providers in Romania, Kosovo, Mongolia, Nicaragua and Peru and improved the quality of their advisory services.

Another key area at IAK is the implementation of advisory services in the veterinary field and dairy production. In this context IAK is active in the area of animal inspection, vaccinations, diagnostic and monitoring systems for animal health.