The impact of farming systems extension on Caribbean small-farm agriculture: The case of St Kitts and St Vincent


  • S. Barker


The impact of agricultural extension programmes over a 10-year period (1986-96) on small farmers in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) was studied. The study showed that adoption was followed by increased total production if action was taken to improve the quality of the frontline worker; intensify his support from Research and Technology generation; use farming systems principles in the conduct of extension work; involve personnel from agencies which support the agricultural sector in extension programming, and establish co-ordinating mechanisms at the district, region (zonal), and national levels. The best results were obtained in an environment of sound policy support and strong co-ordination.