2019
DOI: 10.17159/2413-3221/2019/v47n4a533
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Abstract: Extension is evolving, and extension workers' roles and attitudes are changing with global realities. The purpose of this study was to examine South African extension officers' perceptions of their job, views on the objectives of extension, and conception of agriculture. A questionnaire was developed consisting of general demographic and Likert-scale questions regarding perceptions of extension. The survey was emailed to all South African based members of the South African Society for Agricultural Extension (S… Show more

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“…The findings agreed with those of Okeke et al [10], who reported that few of the farmers were aware of extension officers who had a specialization in particular crop management. This study's findings contradict Shemfe and Oladele [11] and Davis et al [12], who stated that farmers were aware of different extension officers who had a specialization in various sectors such as coffee, tea, horticulture, and dairy sector.…”
Section: Access To Extensioncontrasting
confidence: 94%
“…The findings agreed with those of Okeke et al [10], who reported that few of the farmers were aware of extension officers who had a specialization in particular crop management. This study's findings contradict Shemfe and Oladele [11] and Davis et al [12], who stated that farmers were aware of different extension officers who had a specialization in various sectors such as coffee, tea, horticulture, and dairy sector.…”
Section: Access To Extensioncontrasting
confidence: 94%
“…The majority of respondents (66.7%) are educated up to diploma level, 23.8% have a Bachelors, and less than 10% have progressed past the Bachelor's degree. These findings are similar to findings reported by Davis et al (2019) and Muchesa et al (2019). The demographics of respondents seem to indicate that the extension personnel are mature and capable of handling the rigours of tedious extension work.…”
Section: Key Informant Interviews Findings 331 a Summary Of Demograph...supporting
confidence: 86%
“…Top-down extension approaches These approaches were embedded within the broader rural development agenda and follow a oneway hierarchical transfer of information and technologies from extension agents and research scientists to farmers in order to increase production, grant farmers' access to credit, inputs, and markets (Abbeam, Ehiakpor & Aidoo 2018;Cook, Satizábal & Curnow, 2021;Davis et al, 2019). Various top-down approaches were employed in pre-and post-independent Zimbabwe.…”
Section: 21mentioning
confidence: 99%
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“…Secondly, in general, advisory services and approaches have tended to be studied from an organisational point of view, while neglecting the diversity of perspectives and understandings of individual advisors, and there is scarce research on how advisors understand their roles (Davis et al 2019;Landini 2015;Kamara, Van Hulst, and Dorward 2020). This is an important topic of research, as advisor understanding of their roles shape their practice, and hence what knowledge and support they potentially provide farmers (e.g.…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%