|Precepts for Extension in a Rural Context - Based on the perspective of 15 years of experience with 'contact farmers' in Nepal (LBL - SKAT - SDC, 1995, 94 p.)|
Agricultural extension is in a state of flux. As global economic interconnectedness changes more rapidly and becomes increasingly complex, so extension needs to be redefined in order to tackle new tasks and restructure itself. For this reason the organisation of agricultural extension in rural areas is becoming the centre of development focus. It is with this in mind that we have told the Tuki story. The gained insights form a valuable basis for the future work with extension services and provide constructive precepts for the development of extension concepts.
The Tuki system was a crucial component of the Integrated Hill Development Project (IHDP), one of the most important Swiss development projects. It was a wide-ranging attempt to come to grips with the diversity and dynamics of rural development. The Tuki system was conceptualised as a communication channel between project and target population, so as to actively draw the villagers into the development process. The image of the Tuki - the bringer of light - is an interesting example of this role: On the one hand the Tuki is an innovative figure along the original lines of the independent village motivator; on the other hand he is comparable to concepts found elsewhere, such as "leader farmer", "contact farmer", "progressive farmer", etc.
This report is directed at all those involved in rural extension work, whether as workers in projects, coordination officers or at headquarters. It is hoped that it will enable the incorporation of important project experiences into the design of current extension programmes.