Agricultural extension approaches and methods in developing countries have been changing in recent years to reflect a new development paradigm that emphasizes sustainability, institutional change, and a participatory learning process leading to local capacity building and empowerment. The purpose of this paper is to reflect upon how agricultural extension approaches and methods have adapted to these changes in recent years by analyzing the main directions of reform in extension approaches and methods and the potential Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) has for moving the extension profession towards a development paradigm that embraces learning rather than teaching processes.


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