• Feed the Future's Developing Local Extension Capacity project's Extension & Advisory Services Community of Practice

  • Feed the Future's Developing Local Extension Capacity project's Extension & Advisory Services Community of Practice

  • Feed the Future's Developing Local Extension Capacity project's Extension & Advisory Services Community of Practice

  • Feed the Future's Developing Local Extension Capacity project's Extension & Advisory Services Community of Practice

  • Feed the Future's Developing Local Extension Capacity project's Extension & Advisory Services Community of Practice

  • Feed the Future's Developing Local Extension Capacity project's Extension & Advisory Services Community of Practice

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Our Project

The Feed the Future Developing Local Extension Capacity (DLEC) project galvanized diverse extension and advisory service (EAS) stakeholders to measurably improve agricultural extension programs, policies and services. 

DLEC (2016-2021 is led by Digital Green in partnership with consortium members International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS), and Care International. 

We aim to reach 1 million farming households and influence 50 partner organizations to adopt recommendations that improve their service delivery and EAS program operations. 

We accomplish this objective through three activities: 

 

Diagnostics

Targeted diagnostics to identify opportunities and recommend areas for public, private and donor investment. Profiled countries include Bangladesh, Guinea, Honduras, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda and Senegal. Repors are available on Agrilinks

 

Engagements

DLEC works with USAID Missions,public and private sector and civil socciety to implement locally-tailored, partnership-based solutions that address country-specific challenges and build the capacity of country stakeholders. Current and completed engagements include:

In Uganda, a field experiement led by IFPRI, found that providing information to boht heads of household led to an increase in joint decision-making, increased knowledge retenion and greater uptake of practices.

In Bangladesh, a transport-to-market mobile solution, implemented by Digital Greem, connects smallholder farmers to markets, public extension services and quality inputs and has shown up to 15% increases in incomes. 

In Ethiopia, early results of an impact evaluation, led by IFPRI, show up to 37% greater likelihood of smallholder farmers receiving advice/training via video and adopting improved technologies. Digital Green, in partnership with Fintrac, is testing a holistic digital suite of tools to provide localized farmer-centric data fall armyworm mitigation advice. 

In Honduras, Care International is building the capacity of the national government agency responsible for overseeing extension provision on participatory and best-fit EAS models to reach Honduran smallfarmers with quality public extension.

In Nigeria, video-enabled extension implemented by two dairy processors trained by Digital Green, resulted in the processors doubling their reach and quantity of milk processed as well as reducing the rejection rate for spoiled milk from 40% to 0%. Digital Green, in partnership with ACDI/VOCA, is testng a model of participatory curriculum development and dissemination on most impactful agronomic practices for the rice value chain.

In Rwanda, Digital Green, in partnership with One Acre Fund and the Rwanda Agriculture Board, is completing a process evaluation of the national scale-up of an input incentives program for volunteer farmer promoters.

 

Communities of Practice

In partnership with GFRAS and its regional and country fora, the DLEC CoP advocates for evidence-based EAS programs. DLEC leads a multi-donor initiative to develop a common dramework for extnsion metrics. 

 

 

Our Team

Dr. Kristin Davis 
DLEC Project Co-Director

Sr. Research Fellow, IFPRI

Karin Lion
DLEC Project Co-Director
Vice President - Strategy, Digital Green

Suprita Makh
DLEC Senior Program Manager
Digital Green

Dr. David Spielman
Technical Advisor, DLEC
Sr. Research Fellow, IFPRI

Rikin Gandhi 
Technical Advisor, DLEC
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Digital Green

 

 

This website is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the responsibility of Digital Green and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.

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