In Iran, sustainable agriculture is gaining popularity among Extension agents, farmers, and variousorganizations and ministries as a means for helping Iran address its goal of self-sufficiency in theproduction of food and fiber products (Chizari, Lindner, Zoghie, 1999; Chizari, Lindner, Karjoyan, 1999).A recent study by Chizari, Lindner, and Lashkarara (2001, p. 65) found the following major barriers thathampered the adoption of sustainable agriculture practices in Iran: “Limited financial returns for farmers,limited farmer knowledge of sustainable agriculture principles and methods, low levels of farmereducation, government rules and regulations, problems with soil erosion and lack of water, and a low levelof Extension agent knowledge with respect to sustainable agriculture. Two major recommendations of thestudy were to increase training and development efforts and use a more participatory approach to thedevelopment and delivery of Extension programs.

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