Feed the Future’s Developing Local Extension Capacity (DLEC) project is a network of the world’s foremost extension experts providing technical and strategic support to national extension and advisory service (EAS) systems to improve smallholder farmers’ livelihoods. The five-year project is designed to diagnose, test and share customized, best-fit solutions for agricultural extension systems and services across the Feed the Future countries.
DLEC conducts diagnostics in Feed the Future countries to evaluate the EAS ecosystem, providing insight into the strengths and challenges faced by the national extension systems. The diagnostics also review the extent to which the system is market-oriented, how the system engages different communities, including youth and women, and how it supports overall livelihood strategies of farmers.
DLEC works with USAID missions and other actors to implement on-the-ground activities and action research to test best-fit solutions adapted to each country’s context. Results from the engagements are collected, evaluated and presented to key stakeholders to contribute to current or future extension programs.
The DLEC communities of practice are forums where extension stakeholders can share knowledge, evidence and best-fit practices, not only from the project, but from the agricultural extension sector as a whole via global, regional and national meetings, webinars and an online portal. Please join the global community of practice at http://tinyurl.com/dlec-cop