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The objective for MEAS is to define and disseminate good practice strategies and approaches to establishing efficient, effective and financially sustainable rural extension and advisory service systems in selected countries. Extension systems in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Central America need to undergo significant change if they are to effectively serve the food security and economic development needs of resource-poor men and women farmers.
New approaches must draw on full breadth of resources in public, private and civil society organizations and utilized available advanced information and communications technologies. MEAS is a Center of Excellence that seeks
to promote and support such endeavors. Our goal is to help transform and modernize these extension systems, so they can play a key role in both increasing farm incomes and enhancing the livelihoods of the rural poor, especially farm women.