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Trust Relationships in Agricultural Extension

I spent the morning yesterday harvesting rice with some farmers in Kpandai. As I was cutting rice stalks with a kitchen knife in one hand and collecting bundles in the other, I was interested in learning how the farmers I … Continue reading

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On gift giving and choppin’

It’s always an interesting experience going to visit rural farmers. Regardless of who I’m travelling with or the actual purpose of the visit, they always seem to turn into community-wide events. Naturally, a part of this is caused by the … Continue reading

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The ‘Last Mile’ in Agricultural Development

Today is World Food Day. This year’s theme on food price volatility is an important one – more than 70 million people have fallen into extreme poverty over the last year due to rising food costs. Volatility in food prices … Continue reading

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Perseverance

I went on some job-shadowing visits recently to see how a large baseline survey was being conducted on behalf of USAID’s ‘Feed the Future’ initiative in Ghana. The inner cynic in me thought this would be a great opportunity to … Continue reading

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It’s all about the implementation

Why is it that after decades of assistance to places in the developing world, amounting to trillions of dollars spent and untold man-hours across countless projects, that there’s still so much work that needs to be done? There’s no simple … Continue reading

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Common constraints to extension work

Time seems to fly by in Ghana. It’s been more than a month since my last update – time I’ve spent travelling around different districts in the Northern Region.  I left Kpandai, went back to Tamale for a meeting with … Continue reading

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Understanding Technology Adoption

Or – What I’m trying to do at the moment It’s been a busy few weeks since my last post.  I went to Navrongo and Bolga in the Upper East Region of Ghana, first to shadow another volunteer on my … Continue reading

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