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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Molomo, Thato
Email thatomolomo@yahoo.com
URN etd-07242012-153920
Document Title Towards rural innovation extension delivery in Lesotho : the perceived benefit of a multi-stakeholders intervention approach
Degree MSc
Department Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development
Supervisor
Advisor Name Title
Dr T Ngomane Supervisor
Keywords
  • rural extension
  • extension service delivery
  • multi-stakeholder interventions
  • rural innovations
  • intervention models
  • integration
Date 2012-04-24
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Rural Agricultural Extension System in Lesotho depends on how successful extension knowledge is assembled from multiple actors and applied. Issues are wide ranging, from professional management and technical capacity constraints to the use of multiple, often overlapping and competing approaches by various role players, to mention just a few. First, the study identified multiple actors in rural agricultural extension. Second, it assessed the extent of multi-stakeholder coordination and the approaches used in rural extension. Third, it presented a comparison between best innovative models as identified in the literature and the practices in Lesotho. Fourth, it developed an innovative intervention model for knowledge transfer in consultation with the users of extension service in the two rural settlements. Using a mixed-research method conducted in two rural settlements from Ha Lejone in the Highlands and 'Muela in the Eastern Foothills of Lesotho to study the problem of coordination among actors, anecdotal evidences suggested that the patterns of interaction are not as effective and efficient as they potentially could be. The results show a mismatch of activities between service providers and farmers in terms of inputs provided and inputs required. Poor inter-ministerial and institutional coordination cultures are the majorelements preventing more effective interaction among actors. Introducing a multi-stakeholder intervention approach maps out roles and relationships within the extension knowledge systems by incorporating practices that are already known with exotic ones would give a fresh impetus to the reform of public sector agricultural extension in Lesotho. Policy recommendations for better use of innovation knowledge systems and approaches in the delivery of extension services, concludes the thesis.

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Molomo, TM 2012, Towards rural innovation extension delivery in Lesotho : the perceived benefit of a multi-stakeholders intervention approach, MSc dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-07242012-153920 >

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