The Feed the Future Developing Local Extension Capacity (DLEC) project measurably improves extension programs, policies and services by creating locally-tailored, partnership-based solutions and by mobilizing active communities of practice to advocate for scaling proven approaches. Led by Digital Green in partnership with Care International, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS), DLEC is an action-oriented, evidence-based learning project.

Diagnostics: We analyse existing extension and advisory systems

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.

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Engagements: We customize activities based on country-specific needs

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.

Communities of Practice: We share knowledge, evidence and best-fit practices from the agricultural extension sector

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

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Our Team

Kristin Davis

Co-Director, DLEC | Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI

Karin Lion

Co-Director, DLEC | Vice President - Strategy, Digital Green

Suprita Makh

Senior Program Manager, DLEC, Digital Green

David Spielman

Technical Advisor, DLEC | Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI

Elly Kaganzi

Deputy Director- Agriculture and Market Systems, Food and Nutrition Security, CARE USA

Joep Slaats

Program Officer, GFRAS





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