Reforming the Public Agricultural Extension System in China : Supporting Rural Innovation

The public agricultural extension system has played a critical role in Chinese agricultural development over the past few decades. There is growing evidence that since the mid-1990s the system has failed to provide new and appropriate technology for, in particular, the 240 million small-farm households across the country. Dialogue with policymakers, local officials and extension workers suggests that comprehensive reform is badly needed.

This project makes the case for strong public engagement in extension reform. Researchers will assess various pilot projects in agricultural extension being carried out in counties across China, and conduct case studies of selected projects in collaboration with local governments. The research will be coordinated by the Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, with support from a number of partner organizations, national government agencies, and county and township governments.

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Start Date

Wednesday, March 8, 2006

End Date

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


36 months

IDRC Officer

Vernooy, Ronald

Total funding

CA$ 583,600


China, Far East Asia, Central Asia, South Asia


Agriculture and Food Security

Project Leader

Huang Jikun


Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy

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