Producing appropriate agricultural extension materials
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CTA. 1996. Producing appropriate agricultural extension materials. Spore 61. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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workshop to improve the skills of extension officers in producing agricultural extension materials Ghana
A workshop to improve the skills of extension officers in producing agricultural extension materials was organized jointly by CTA and the West Africa Rice Development Association (WARDA). It was hosted by the Ghanaian Department of Agricultural Extension Services (DAES) and was attended by 15 participants from the Gambia, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. The workshop concentrated on practical hands-on exercises in writing, designing and producing material such as posters, flip charts, brochures and newsletters. The topics reviewed during the lecture sessions included: the importance of technology transfer, the relevance of different extension materials in relation to the audiences being targeted and questions of the cultural relevance of illustrations. Materials produced by the participants during the workshop were tested with farmers at a nearby village to ascertain whether the intended messages could be easily interpreted by the farmers. They were also tested on a group of front-line extension workers. These extension workers are the ones who work with farmers in the fields and they are the ones who would very often use the materials. The front-line extension workers also are the ones who can translate and adapt these materials to suit the different farming environments they may be working in. Participants were very enthusiastic about this workshop and found it useful for sharpening their skills. They will be able to utilize the skills learnt in their day-to-day work at their institutes. A similar course is planned for Eastern and Southern Africa and similar workshops will be organized in the future for French speaking extension workers.