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Beyond practice change: extension and resilient communities


Hunt, W and Birch, C and Coutts, J and Vanclay, F, Beyond practice change: extension and resilient communities, Australian and Pacific Extension Network Forum 2011, 28-30 November 2011, Armidale, Australia (2011) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]


This paper further develops how contemporary agricultural extension services in Australia can add to the capacity and resilience of rural industries and their associated communities. It investigates perspectives on how extension, capacity-building and resilience are conceptually linked. This review incorporates findings from numerous studies confirming that 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, as well as rural industry and government policy makers.

Item Details

Item Type:Non Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:capacity, resilience, extension, APEN
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Other agricultural, veterinary and food sciences
Research Field:Other agricultural, veterinary and food sciences 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:Birch, C (Associate Professor Colin Birch)
ID Code:94074
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2014-08-28
Last Modified:2014-08-28

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