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How can private sector extension drive climate-resilient agriculture? 

May 23, 2024 
GMT-005, 9-10:30 am (USA, New York) 

Event information 

Agricultural extension is no longer the sole domain of the public sector in low- and middle-income countries, with multiple nongovernmental organizations, donor-funded projects, producer organizations and private firms all providing a range of advisory services to smallholder farmers. Local agribusinesses, private farm advisors and input suppliers, as well as large multinational companies with global supply chains have long provided extension and advisory (EAS), but their roles have changed over time. The importance of private sector extension has increased due in part to declining investments in publicly funded EAS. The increased need for EAS to support smallholder farmers to adapt to climate change calls for new partnerships between different actors in the agricultural sector. These developments raise new questions about the evolving role of private sector extension, including: 

To address these and other questions about where private sector extension fits in the broader agricultural service provision landscape today, the USAID Enabling Farmers for Agricultural Transformation project is organizing a webinar: “How can private sector extension drive climate-resilient agriculture?” Panelists will discuss private sector led approaches and practices in extension, draw lessons about expanding private sector extension and offer suggestions for future investments in this sector. 

The EFAT project, implemented by Winrock with funding from USAID, hosts learning events to share experiences, best practices and lessons learned on strengthening agricultural extension and advisory services and systems in low- and middle-income countries.  

Target audience: Extension professionals and others working in the agricultural sector globally. 

Elizabeth DeFreest

Private Sector Engagement Officer in USAID’s Bureau for Resilience, Environment and Food Security 

Kristin Davis

International Food Policy Research Institute  

Piet van Asten

Olam Food Ingredients

Ben Odoemena

Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services Activity, Winrock International 

Why Attend? 

  • Expert Insights: Hear from leading experts in the field of private sector led agricultural extension and advisory services. 
  • Best Practices and Lessons Learned: Learn from the experiences of companies and agribusinesses carrying out extension and advisory services. 
  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with like-minded individuals and organizations working to strengthen agricultural extension and advisory services globally. 

About EFAT: 

The EFAT project, funded by USAID, strengthens agricultural extension and advisory services and systems as a pathway to boosting agricultural productivity among smallholder farmers, helping them diversify their livelihoods and strengthen their resilience in the face of adverse climate conditions. For more information about EFAT and to explore assessments, case studies, and more, please visit

Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the conversation on developing sustainable solutions to agriculture’s most pressing challenges! 

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