News: Graduate Students Visit Washington, D.C.

Graduate students enrolled in AEC6316 Overview of International Extension Systems pause to take a photo in front of the Knapp Memorial Arch located at the United States Department of Agriculture.

AEC graduate students enrolled in AEC6316 Overview of International Extension Systems recently returned from a weeklong course trip to Washington, D.C. While in D.C., the students visited with organizations and agencies actively involved in domestic and international extension education. The visits included meetings with key individuals and program leaders including NIFA Program Leaders, USAID, Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Higher Education for Development, Catholic Relief Services, and Agricultural Cooperative Development International/Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance (ACDI/VOCA).

While visiting D.C. as part of their course trip for AEC6316, students had the opportunity to increase their knowledge in the following areas:

  • Determining impact of extension programming
  • Development of partnerships and collaborations in pluralistic systems
  • Role of NGOs in pluralistic extension systems
  • Effectively reaching rural subsistence farmers
  • Sustainable funding models for extension systems
  • Determining appropriate technologies for agricultural smallholders

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