Developing Local Extension Capacity (DLEC) Project

Publication Date: 20170517

The Developing Local Extension Capacity (DLEC) project’s planned engagement in Malawi leverages CARE’s existing Pathways to Secure Livelihoods Program (Pathways) already operating in the country. Pathways aims to empower poor women smallholder farmers to overcome the gender-based constraints that hinder women’s productive and equitable engagement in agriculture by achieving three inter-related objectives: 1) Increase the productive engagement of 65,000 poor women in sustainable agriculture and contribute to their empowerment; 2) Enhance the scale of high-quality, women-responsive agriculture programming at CARE; and 3) Contribute to the global discourse that surrounds women and agriculture. The cornerstone of Pathways is the Farmer Field and Business School (FFBS) model of integrated extension and advisory services (EAS). Designed as a common program intervention model, the FFBS aims to go beyond demonstrating agricultural practices that can increase yields, to build capacity and essential skills around market engagement, gender equity and empowerment issues, and nutrition practices. The engagement will create and disseminate digital content across these four domains based on existing FFBS modules, and provide evidence for the relative efficacy of two different content platforms, measured by adoption of practices.

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