September 17th, 2019
Helen Ross, Severine van Bommel and Dominic Smith.
Panel discussion on "Rethinking Extension"
This session is the first of two planned, to offer a chance of discussion and perhaps lead to a publication if we feel we have good material.
UQ, through a predecessor of SAFS, is said to be the first university in Australia to introduce teaching in Agricultural Extension, and it has remained one of the most active universities in this field. However since 1962, ‘extension’ has changed a great deal. For some, it is a diverse field concerned with supporting landholders and other stakeholders to learn better ways of operating in the production of food and fibre. In this review, extension retains a single and coherent identity. For others, the word extension represents the first extension paradigm, ‘transfer of technology’, and there is reluctance to use the term extension – more specific terms such as innovation are preferred. Ampt et al. (2015) have argued the need to ‘reinvent’ extension. If so, is SAFS the place to take a lead with a publication?
A panel will introduce the topic, for about 20 minutes, then the session will be open discussion.
1. Helen Ross
Scope of the idea: is ‘extension’ (1) all good participatory practice assisting landholders to develop their potential and that of their land (whether for agriculture, animals, NRM or something else), or (2) limited to Transfer of Technology, and other ideas and practices now prevail – under different labels?
Previous thinking – Ampt et al paper for APEN, 2015.
2. Severine van Bommel
The alternate concepts and directions which have been advanced under view 2 (with focus on Wageningen’s leadership)
3. Dominic Smith
Perspectives from practice: mainstreaming participatory extension practices in public extension in a developing country context
Discussion: pinboard exercise facilitated by Severine at Gatton, Helen at St Lucia
What new directions in research and practice are needed to help extension evolve (under either view, 1 or 2)?
Summing up – is there interest and potential (in principle) in a multi-authored paper?
To be continued in a follow-up seminar.
October 15th, 2019
Topic to be confirmed
October 29th, 2019
Professor Helen Ross/Panel
Panel discussion 2 on "Rethinking Extension"
November 12th, 2019
Severine van Bommel
Topic to be confirmed
December 3rd, 2019
From judgement to facilitation: How can we support the improved use of antibiotics by smallholder farmers in Vietnam?