Assessing Extension Education Efforts in Afghanistan through the Eyes of U.S. Agricultural Support Personnel
Assessment of agricultural extension education efforts in Afghanistan was conducted through a qualitative case study of eight U.S. support personnel serving in the country. Security & access and provincial diversity were two overriding factors which determined how the three key attributes of assessment, content and process (Barrick et al., 2009) were able to function in an Afghan agricultural extension education program. Respondents indicated training should focus on young farmers and local farm demonstration sites should be essential program components. Respondents stressed recruitment of agents from local districts when this would not imperil the agents or their families. Respondents also insisted education should be the primary role of the Afghan extension agent, and networking to facilitate an interchange of ideas among Afghan professionals should be encouraged.
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