ENHANCING INNOVATION AND IMPACT IN ODISHA AGRICULTURE: ANALYSIS OF KEY EXTENSION STAKEHOLDERS, CAPACITY GAPS AND WAYS FORWARD

This report was prepared with support from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)- Government of Odisha collaborative project on ‘Development of Agriculture in Odisha’ by Onima V T, Rasheed Sulaiman V, Sreeram Vishnu and Nimisha Mittal. This work, commissioned by IRRI, is primarily meant to explore new partnerships in Odisha to strengthen technology promotion among farmers as well as to support the EAS system in Odisha to improve its performance. This paper is organized as follows: Section 2 presents the methodology (research questions and data collection) followed for undertaking this study. Section 3 focuses on the status of EAS in Odisha as described through the roles played by key stakeholders, such as public organizations, NGOs, international centers, agri-business companies. Section 4 gives the generic challenges in extension delivery in the State, and Section 5 concludes with recommendations and policy implications for strengthening EAS in Odisha for consideration of both IRRI and the Government of Odisha.

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