The extension of agricultural technologies has long been advocated as a pathway to improved smallholder farmer livelihoods and rural development. However, agricultural extension based on the provision of information, technology and credit (the ‘provisionist’ model) does not necessarily lead to sustainable change.
The aim of the project is to reconceptualise agricultural extension as social relations and develop a social model of agricultural extension (also referred to as a more ‘humanised’ model) and evaluate this against the more dominant, provisionist model to support better outcomes in terms of wellbeing for smallholder farmers in north-west (NW) Cambodia. It is hoped that the knowledge generated through this project can be applied to agricultural extension practices and policies elsewhere in Cambodia and more widely.
This 5-year, multidisciplinary research-for-development collaboration began in 2021 and involves researchers and practitioners in Cambodia and Australia, led by the University of Melbourne and funded by the Australian Centre for international Agricultural Research (ACIAR).
This section provides a detailed description of the research problem, research questions and methods.
The research is located in Battambang and Pailin Provinces in northwest Cambodia.
- Alexandra Peralta, University of Adelaide
- Andrea Babon, University of Melbourne
- Andrew McGregor, Macquarie University
- Ariane Utomo, University of Melbourne
- Brian Cook, University of Melbourne
- Florent Tivet, French Agricultural Research Center for Development (CIRAD)
- Katharine McKinnon, University of Canberra
- Manika Yim, Partners for Rural Development
- Nicholas Read, University of Melbourne
- Noun Kunthea, Partners for Rural Development
- Pao Srean, National University of Battambang
- Paula Satizabal, University of Melbourne
- Phan Sophanara, Dept. of Agriculture – Battambang & Pailin
- Van Touch, University of Melbourne