The purpose of this study was to identify and prioritize the training needs of multi- functional extension workers related to sustainability in Isfahan Province, Iran. The target population consisted of all multi-functional extension workers in the province (N = 95). The entire population was surveyed. Therefore, sampling procedures were not utilized and the results are limited to the study population. Factor analysis and ranking indicated that the five most important training needs of extension workers were: (1) participatory extension, (2) participatory techniques in rural development, (3) biodiversity protection methods, (4) sustainable fertilization methods, and (5) improved utilization of indigenous knowledge of rural peoples. The years of residence in rural areas, educational level, and active participation in training courses influenced the level of training needed. Training needs were different for native as compared to non-native extension workers and there was a negative correlation between the length of work tenure and need for training regarding sustainability.

Keywords: Training Need, Multi-Function, Extension Agent, Sustainability, Sustainable Agriculture


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