Overview of interesting extension services for Climate Smart Agriculture in West Africa

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Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) has been identified as an alternative that can increase agricultural productivity in the region, while at the same time mitigating the multiple effects of climate change. Gradually the approach of CSA is gaining ground in the agricultural sector in Africa. This consequently places enormous demands on extension services which have a crucial role to play in promoting agricultural innovation to keep pace with the changing context.  It is  therefore important to explore to what  extent extension services are used to  improve the implementation of CSA  across West African countries.

Key facts on agricultural extension services

In developing countries, most of the extension services are carried out by public institutes. However, the private sector and civil society organizations are playing an increasingly important role in carrying out specific extension/advisory services because most public extension systems are still top-down in structure. Information, knowledge and skills for climate smart…

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