Hunt, W and Vanclay, F and Birch, C and Coutts, J and Flittner, N and Williams, B, Agricultural extension: Building capacity and resilience in rural industries and communities, Rural Society: The Journal of Research Into Rural and Regional Social Issues in Australia, 20, (2) pp. 112-127. ISSN 1037-1656 (2011) [Refereed Article]
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This paper contributes to an improved understanding of contemporary agricultural extension. Specifically, it considers how extension can add to capacity and resilience of Australian rural industries and their associated communities. It provides perspectives and examples on how extension, capacity-building and resilience are conceptually linked and includes an extension program in the Tasmanian sheep industry as a supporting case study.
Commenced in 2003 the 8X5 Wool Profit Program, now SheepConnect-Tasmania, was funded by Australian Wool Innovation, and the findings of an independent external review, together with supporting documentation from agencies closely linked to the extension program are presented.
This study confirms rural extension services can function in capacity-building roles in communities that far exceed simply achieving changes in on-farm agricultural production or natural resource management practices. Extension agents are investments that add value and capacity to the communities that rely on them, providing vital accessible skills to stakeholders negotiating challenging circumstances. Retention of core agricultural extension capacity and expertise at regional levels should therefore be a strategic objective for rural community stakeholders, and industry and government policy makers.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||capacity building, resilience, agricultural extension, human capital, social capital, rural and regional communities, drought, mental health services|
|Research Division:||Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences|
|Research Group:||Agriculture, land and farm management|
|Research Field:||Agriculture, land and farm management not elsewhere classified|
|Objective Division:||Education and Training|
|Objective Group:||Other education and training|
|Objective Field:||Other education and training not elsewhere classified|
|UTAS Author:||Hunt, W (Mr Warren Hunt)|
|UTAS Author:||Vanclay, F (Professor Francis Vanclay)|
|UTAS Author:||Birch, C (Associate Professor Colin Birch)|
|Deposited By:||Agricultural Science|
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