This paper focuses on the changing role of extension in the transfer of technology, including emerging technologies that may have an impact on the capacity and effectiveness of developing country extension systems to meet the technology needs of their farmers, especially resource- poor farmers. As the private sector takes on more responsibility for technology transfer in the form of production inputs, the public extension system will have to focus on system-based, knowledge-intensive, and sustainable technologies that the private sector will be unable to provide. These technologies and others are described in the first part of the paper, followed by a discussion of their implications in terms of how national extension systems may need to realign their approach to technology transfer, including clientele, programs, and new institutional partnerships.
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