Modernizing Extension Agricultural Service Project (MEAS)

The Modernizing Extension Agricultural Service Project (MEAS): Extension systems in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Central America need to undergo significant change if they are to effectively serve the food security and economic development needs of resource-­‐poor men and women farmers. New approaches must draw on full breadth of resources in public, private and civil society organizations and utilized available advanced information and communications technologies. MEAS is a Center of Excellence that seeks to promote and support such endeavors. The MEAS project is made up of three components expected to benefit a wide audience of users: 

1 TEACH - Disseminating Modern Approaches to Extension through user-­friendly materials for dissemination and training programs that promote new strategies and approaches to rural extension and advisory service delivery.  Click here for a brochure on this component.  

2 LEARN -­ Documenting Lessons Learned and Good Practice through success stories, case studies,

evaluations, pilot projects, and action research.

3 APPLY -­ Designing Modern Extension and Advisory Services Program through assistance to selected host country organizations – public and private – for the analysis, design, evaluation and reform of rural extension and advisory services.

MSU is a part of the Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services (MEAS) project.  This is a Feed the Future funded initiative providing global backstopping to USAID missions in the area of strengthening advisory service provisioning.  MEAS is being implemented by a consortium of nine partner institutes, of which MSU hosts the Deputy Director who overseas implementation of the research component of the project.  MEAS has conducted nine national assessments of pluralistic extension systems, perfecting an institutional analysis framework of public, private and civil society organizations, and developing training materials and modules on key topics.  The nine countries are: Mali, Liberia, Ghana, Rwanda, Malawi, Tajikistan, Nepal, India (Bihar State only), Bangladesh, and Indonesia.