DLEC Report: Agricultural Extension in Guinea

The document present outputs of the diagnostic studies conducted by USAID funded Project Developing Local Extension Capacities (DLEC) to evaluation and analyse local Extension and advisory Services (EAS) operating contexts and capacities for Feed the Future and aligned countries.

Some key findings include: (i) Inadequate operational resources and low salaries; 10k:1 ratio of farmers to extension agents; (ii) some donor projects are training young people as self-supporting extension agents; (iii)  there are not many local NGOs; some farmer orgs and private providers exist; (iv) some video and radio are used and can be scaled; (v) market engagement is weak and key value chains could be developed; (vi) Some attempts to target women in projects; topics such as gender, nutrition and climate change could be integrated into regular training; (vii) agro-input dealers, farmer federations, existing cadre of agents and new self-supporting agents show promise for scaling

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