National Conference
“Innovative Extension Services & ICTs for Agricultural
and Rural Development”
January 11-12, 2016
Sustainable and more productive agriculture with limited resources is an on-going challenge
faced by many countries includ...
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National conference concept note

The Institute of Agricultural Extension & Rural Development, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad is organizing a National Conference on "Innovative Extension Services and ICTs" on 11-12 January 2016. The concept note of the conference is attached. If you are willing to present your paper, please send your abstracts; and also share it with other colleagues for abstracts and participation. The last date for abstract submission is 10th November, 2015. Travel support may be available for selected participants. Best regards Dr. Babar Shahbaz Associate Professor. Institute of Agri. Extension & Rural Development, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. Cell: 0300-5304934
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Published in: Education      

Transcripts - National conference concept note

  • 1. National Conference “Innovative Extension Services & ICTs for Agricultural and Rural Development” January 11-12, 2016 University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (Pakistan) Organized by: University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (Pakistan) & University of California Davis, USA In collaboration with: Agricultural Innovation Program (AIP) for Pakistan & U.S. Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Agriculture & Food Security Concept Note Objective: The conference will share innovative ways to strengthen and complement traditional agricultural extension approaches. There will be special focus on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) highlighting both challenges and key elements required for success. The Challenges Facing Agriculture Growth in Pakistan: Agriculture accounts for almost 21% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Pakistan and is a source of livelihoods for more than 43% of total labor force (Economic Survey of Pakistan, 2015). More importantly agriculture sector (crops, livestock, fisheries, forestry) is vital for the food security of country’s increasing population and overall rural development. Nevertheless the performance of agriculture sector remained subdued during the past decade. The Government of Pakistan in its recently released Economic Survey (2014-15) highlighted the some key factors contributing to the sluggish performance of agriculture sector; - Limited adoption of progressive farming techniques - Slow rate of technological innovation - Problems with quality, quantity and timeliness of input supply - Limited investment infrastructure - Marketing and trade restrictions - Pest and livestock disease problems, and Limited access to credit for agricultural production/processing
  • 2. Sustainable and more productive agriculture with limited resources is an on-going challenge faced by many countries including Pakistan. Agricultural extension (in its broadest definition involving multiple information intermediaries) is critical for development of the agricultural sector. The core objectives of agricultural extension services are dissemination of agricultural innovations to the farmers, motivating them for adoption, suggesting viable solutions of their problems and ultimately overall improvement in farmers’ livelihoods and rural development. This is done by facilitating communication between the stakeholders and bridging the gap between researchers and farmers. The traditional extension and communication strategies being used in Pakistan have many limitations in the milieu of rapidly changing agricultural technologies and socioeconomic setting in the rural areas. Pursuing Innovation in Extension: Given the increased interest in central role of agricultural extension and outreach services in enhancing access to agricultural innovations particularly for smallholder farmers; there is need to take stock of innovative initiatives in agricultural extension and technology transfer. In this backdrop, the national conference on “Innovative Extension Services and ICTs for Agricultural and Rural Development” seeks papers and case studies related to futuristic extension approaches and methodologies. The papers may be related to (but not limited to) the following themes;  Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Agriculture  ICT for Rural Development  Futuristic and Innovative approaches for extension and advisory services  Training need assessment and adoption gap of agricultural technologies  Linkage of extension services with food security and rural development  Gender and youth in agriculture  Livestock, Forestry and fishery extension  Success stories (case studies) from different regions of Pakistan The authors from public and private sector, NGOs, universities, farmers’ organization etc. are invited to submit their abstract till 20th October, 2015. Travel support can be provided to the selected presenters. Contact Person Dr. Babar Shahbaz Chair, Outreach Program, USPCAS-AFS, Associate Professor, Institute of Agri. Extension & Rural Development, UAF E-mail: Cell No. 0300-5304934