International Extension Organization

Although some industrialized countries have attempted to reduce costs by delegating extension responsibilities to the private sector, with varying degrees of success, most developing countries have modeled their extension systems on the U.S. paradigm. Frequently, extension outreach in third-world nations is funded by such agencies as the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank, and the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization. These technology transfer programs typically are most effective when closely linked with university research programs, permitting rapid transmittal and adoption of research results. Alternatively, the outreach may be handled by such governmental entities as the ministry of agriculture.

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