Synthesis of learning from ADFSC's model of extension and advisory services and recommendations for moving towards a research inspired innovation systems approach
This report is a synthesis of an exercise undertaken in late 2015 which sought to understand and learn from the strengths and success of the Abu Dhabi Farmer Services Centre (hereafter FSC); and provides strategic recommendations aimed at improving the efficacy of delivery in extension and advisory services. One key challenge in this exercise has been the acquisition of data and qualitative information which had been requested by ICARDA and pertaining to the operations of FSC. The analysis undertaken herein is, therefore, largely based on interview data with key personnel, field discussions with farm labourers and secondary data obtained through a variety of sources. The latter includes feedback and reflections from Dr. Gaaya’s engagement in the training of trainers for extension methodology and in the development of e-diaries; as well as Dr. Boussini’s technical training on integrated pest management (IPM).