Qualitative semi-structured interviews were conducted with 14 Livestock Project Managers and two Provincial Coordinators in five northern provinces to find out what capacity building methods they used and the relative effectiveness of each method. In-depth interviews were subsequently held with 10 District Heads and 20 District Extension Officers to gain more local perspectives on capacity building including factors influencing outcomes at the farmer level. Suggestions on how the capacity building of livestock extension staff can be strengthened and sustained were elicited from all interviewees. In addition, a survey was conducted of 30 District Extension Officers to rate eight capacity building methods against required competencies in livestock production. Capacity building methods most mentioned by all interviewees included workshop training, on the job learning, cross visits and study tours, staff meeting mentoring. Less used were on-site training, formal study, Farmer Field Schools, Village Learning Activities and the Internet. Interviewees concluded that all methods have advantages and disadvantages, depending on how and when they were used. Factors influencing the effectiveness of capacity building methods included the availability of government funding, value of and dependency on project funding, provincial (PAFO) and district (DAFEO) support and influence, opportunities to study, family support and commitment, influence of farmers and farmer groups, having good examples in the field, staff ownership and motivation, representation of women and ethnic minorities and staff relocation.Designing and using a combination of capacity building methods works best because it takes advantage of their relative strengths and weaknesses.
|Qualification||Master of Philosophy|
|Award date||01 Feb 2010|
|Place of Publication||Australia|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|