Transformative learning: new directions in agricultural extension and education

4th – 7th July 2017, Chania (Greece)


ESEE2017 Proceedings

Paper Sessions


Entering the Occupational Category of ‘Farmer’: New Pathways through Professional Agricultural Education in Ireland

Justine Deming, Áine Macken-Walsh, Bernadette O’Brien, James Kinsella

Fishers’ SeaofSkills through an E-learning Platform

N. Nikitakos, V. Unal, T. Dincer, A. Deidun, M. Falzon, D. Papachristos, P. Stavroulakis, A. Gordoa, M. Katechi

Perception of Agricultural Advisory Companies’ Educators Regarding the Importance of Professional Competencies in Training Process in Iran

Alireza Norozi, Enayat Abbasi, Hassan Sadighi

Teagasc Education Strategic Vision Project

Tony Pettit, Frank Murphy, James Maher, Tom Kelly

Characteristics of Agricultural Competence-based Educator

Mahsa Saadvandi, Enayat Abbasi, Homayoun Farhadian, Kiumars Zarafshani

Strengthening On-Farm Research in Upper Secondary Agricultural Education in Germany

S. Scholz, R. Bloch, U. Knuth, A. M. Häring

The Need of Change in Education of Agricultural Advisors in Hungary

András Vér, Attila Németh, László Gulyás, Krisztina Tóth, József Kozári

The Landscape of Creation and Facilitation of Dairy Sheep-Farmers’ Discussion Groups in Stables in Karditsa, Greece

Eleni Zarokosta, Alex Koutsouris


CECRA - Certificate for European Consultants in Rural Areas. IALBs Rural Advisory Methods Trainings Expand throughout Europe. An Innovation Story

Pablo Asensio

The Role of Education in Boosting Transition towards Quality and Sustainable Agriculture

Luca Bartoli, Marcello De Rosa, Elisa Maini, Renato Salvatore

Is the Current Educational Landscape Suited for Agroecology?

Lies Debruyne, Laure Triste, Fleur Marchand


Building Resilience for Sustainable Food Production through Agricultural Conservation Practices in Anambra State, Nigeria: Implications for Agricultural Extension Services 

Ifeoma Q. Anugwa, Agwu E. Agwu, Audrey R. Ezeh

Water Conflict Crisis in Iran's Agriculture: A New Intervention for Agricultural Extension System

Masoud Bijani, Dariush Hayati

Analysis of Lock-in Mechanisms: A Case Study on Rice Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Cambodia

Rica Joy Flor, Kry Chhay, Vichet Sorn, Harro Maat, Buyung Hadi

Investigating the Role of the National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Service (NAERLS) in Promoting Organic Farming in Nigeria

Ezinne Merianchris Emeana, Liz Trenchard, Katharina Dehnen-Schmutz, Siraj Shaikh

The Role of Agricultural Extension and Agricultural Education for Sustainability

Orhan Özcatalbas, Muhammad Imran, Gülcin Gurkan, Hanife Durmuş, Tuğba Unlu


A Conceptual Educational Framework for Residents of Faraway Regions by Using a Collaborative Inquiry (CI)

K. Arvanitis, X. Dragotis, D. Papachristos, V. Kavvadias

Online Learning Networks for Rural Extension

Gavin Beever

Extension Experts’ Use and Perception of ICT-based Knowledge Platforms: Case from South Wollo, Ethiopia

Fanos Mekonnen Birke, Andrea Knierim, Mamusha Lemma

Increasing the Employability of Agriculture Graduates through the Development of Eal Industry Technology Learning Systems: Examining a Case Study in an Online Farm Mapping System (PA Source)

Amy Cosby, Mark Trotter, Ben Jones, Tina Botwright Acuna, Wendy Fasso, Sue Gregory

Tuning up a Method for an Appropriate Introduction of the New Paradigm of Sustainable Agriculture Management Inducted by the Innovative High Technology Farming

Fausta Fabbri, Stefania Lombardo, Alessandra Gemmiti, Annamaria Vignini, Daniele Sarri, Luigi Corvo, Marco Vieri

Using Local Radio and Podcasts for Agricultural Extension in the West of Ireland

Monica Gorman, Owen Keogh, Pat Clarke, Peter Leonard

Agricultural Education and Extension in the Age of Big Data

Katarzyna Kosior

How to Integrate Open Data with Local Knowledge in Co-designed ICT Solutions?

Mariateresa Lazzaro, Peter Paree, Diego Guidotti, Panagiota Koltsida, Paolo Barberi, Eleni Toli

Adoption of the Agricultural Decision Support System CropSAT in Extension: Incentives and Needs

Christina Lundström, Jessica Lindblom, Magnus Ljung

Challenges and Opportunities of Online Advisory Services for Dairy Goat Farmers in Northern Norway

Anders I. Mørch, Ingvill Thomassen, André V. Hvidsten


Decision Making Styles of Farmers: A Case Study of Vegetable Producers in Turkey

Nur Ilkay Abaci, Kürşat Demiryürek

Developing Alternative Food Networks: What Strengthens Farmers’ Willingness to Participate in Short Food Supply Chains?

Chrysanthi Charatsari, Fotis Kitsios, Amalia Stafyla, Evagelos D. Lioutas

Performance of Emerging Service Agri-Enterprises Supporting Entrepreneurial Dairy Producers in Kenya– An Exploratory Case Study of a Youth-led Extension Business Model

Catherine W. Kilelu, Jan van der Lee, SNV-KMDP

Sustainable Community Development through Innovative Entrepreneurial Actions

E. Vergos, H. Shabanaj


Does the Agricultural Extension System in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Need to Be Reformed? 

Bander M. Alsaghan, Ahmed M. Diab

“Hope Project (HP)” as a Strategy for Knowledge Management in the Agricultural Parcels of Fars Province, Iran

Arman Bakhshi-Jahromi, Hamid-Reza Ebrahimi, Afsaneh Dirin-SamimiFard

Evaluation of Forestry Programming Following the Reorganization of the North Carolina, USA Cooperative Extension Service

Robert E. Bardon, Dennis W. Hazel

Green Extension for Green Agriculture

Tayfun Çukur

Case Study: What Characterizes a Successful Advisor Visit?

Bjørn Gunnar Hansen, Gunn-Turid Kvam, Egil Petter Stræte

Hard to Reach Farmers in Ireland – Who Are They and Why Are They Hard to Reach?

Jim Kinsella

The Experiences of the Transforming Extension Training in Hungary

József Kozári, Krisztina Tóth, Attila Németh, András Vér

Evaluating Extension Systems Using a Systems Approach: A Comparative Study in Greece, Italy and Slovenia

Evagelos D. Lioutas, Chrysanthi Charatsari, Majda Černič Istenič, Marcello De Rosa, Giuseppe La Rocca 

Problems at Farm Extension and Advisory System in Armenia

Gagik Sardaryan, Sona Telunts, Vardan Aghbalyan, Vahe Mambreyan

The Role of Agricultural Extension towards Water Conflicts in the Catchment Area of Urmia Lake, Iran

Maryam Shariatzadeh, Masoud Bijani, Negin Fallah Haghighi, Saeed Jiyan Rajabpoor

Extending Extension Education: New Roles for Agricultural Extension Services in Changing Societies and Economies

Milan Slavík, M. Rolls

It is Nice to Get an (Advisory) Package

Zdravko Tusek, Hrvoje Horvat, Milan Husnjak, Matija Cabrajec, Vedrana Kustek, Letizia Antonella Vukorep

The Impact of Recent Changes in Turkey’s Extension System on Agricultural Sector with Respect to 2023 Vision

Fahri Yavuz, M. Sharih Shiwan


The Impact of Knowledge Transfer on Farm Level Margins during the Economic Recession

A. Cawley, C. O’Donoghue, K. Heanue, R. Hilliard, M. Sheehan

Catching a Moving Feast – Monitoring and Evaluation of Extension with Multiple Players and Complex Contexts

Jeff Coutts, Neels Botha

Evaluation of Medium-Long Term Effects of Innovation Interventions in Rural Development Programmes: The Use of FADN

Simona Cristiano, Patrizia Proietti

Assessing the Links between Advisory Services and the Sustainability of Farms

Beatriz Herrera, Maria Gerster-Bentaya, Irene Tzouramani, Andrea Knierim

Investigating Features of Chain-wide Sustainability Initiatives Favouring Sustainable Development in Flemish Agriculture

L. Triste, J. Vandenabeele, I. Coteur, H. Cooreman, F. Marchand


Use of Participatory Extension Approach to Establish WAAPP - BUK Value Chain Innovation Platforms (VCIPs) for Sustainable Agriculture in Nigeria

A. Abdullahi, A.U.Yusuf

Co-design and Sustainable Development at the Heart of the Evolution of the Agricultural Extension System in Tunisia

Najwa AlAadrah

Effecting Change on Farm through Farmer Action Groups: Reducing the Use of Antibiotic Medicines on Dairy Farms

Sarah L. Bolt, Lisa Morgans, Lisa van Dijk, Kristen K. Reyher, Henry Buller, David C.J. Main

Who Do Farmers Talk to? How Farmer to Farmer Social Interactions Shaped Dairy Farmers’ Responses to Water Quality Interventions

Heather M Collins, Dave I Gray, Janet I Reid, Nicola M Shadbolt, Anne E Dooley

From Information Systems to Innovation Networks in Extension

Kürşat Demiryürek

How to Strengthen Innovation Support Services in European Rural Areas: Lessons Learnt from AgriSpin

G. Faure, A. Knierim, A. Koutsouris, T. Ndah S, S. Audouin, E. Zarokosta, E. Wielinga, B. Triomphe, S. Mathé, L. Temple, K. Heanue

How Do Farmers and Financial Management Advisors Engage? Findings from a Case Study in the New Zealand Dairy Sector

Aniek E.W.M. Hilkens, Janet I. Reid, Laurens W.A. Klerkx, David I. Gray  

Integrating Co-innovation into Research Translation: Developing a Stakeholder-driven Methodology

Julie Ingram, Pete Gaskell, Jane Mills, Janet Dwyer, Pieter de Wolf

Farmer Responsibility and Researcher Learning: Two Sides of the Same Coin? Reflecting on Five Years of Involvement in Farmer Participatory Experimentation. A Case Study from Tigray, Northern Ethiopia

Richard G. Kraaijvanger, Loes Witteveen

Problem Formulation, Problem Characteristics and a Need for Competence - Case Studies of Advisory Services in Norway

Gunn-Turid Kvam, Bjørn Gunnar Hansen, Egil Petter Stræte

Opportunities and Challenges of Participatory Approaches in Enhancing Agrobiodiversity

Adanella Rossi, Simona D’Amico, Riccardo Bocci, Gianluca Brunori, Gea Galluzzi

Integrating Research and Practice through Knowledge Exchange: a National Agricultural Business Improvement Programme 

E. Smith, L. Petrakas, E. Holdsworth, R. Meredith, P. Dolbear, P. Hill, H. Henderson, J. Stafford, G. Dick, T. Isaac

Can We Strategically Manage Multistakeholder Innovation Processes in Agriculture? Insights from Case Studies in Burkina Faso

Aurelie Toillier, Eveline Compaore, Prosper Kola

Enabling Practice-driven Innovation in the Animal Production Sector

L. van Dijk, H.J. Buller, L.K. MacAllister, P.E. Baker, M. Mul, F. Neijenhuis, M. Plomp, A. Wichman, J. Yngvesson, D. Temple, J. Žák, J. Jozefová, J. Stokes, C.A. Weeks, D.C.J. Main


Professional and Personal Transformation of Extension Workers through Nonformal Agricultural Education Reform

Esbern Friis-Hansen, Edward Taylor, Deborah Duveskog

Transformative Learning through the Development of a Competency-based Climate Education Program for U.S. County Extension Agents

William G. Hubbard, Dan Geller

Putting New Wine in Old Bottles: Utilizing an Immersive International Experience to Develop an Interdisciplinary Extension Program in Food Systems 

Tracy Irani, Liz Felter, Shuyang Qu, Timur Momol, Esen Momol, Gail Hansen

Images and Metaphors as Tools in Communication between Advisors and Farmers

Egil Petter Stræte, Bjørn Gunnar Hansen, Gunn-Turid Kvam

Using Mixed Methodology in Assessing Community Needs

Suzanna Windon, Amy Elhadi, Deborah Lewis

Training as Part of the Capacity Building Ladder in Australian Agriculture

Dominie Wright, Ann Grand, Bill MacLeod, Lynette K Abbott


Information Needs and Information Seeking Behaviour of Rural Women on Household Food Security Issues in Bayelsa State, Nigeria

Ifeoma Q. Anugwa, Agwu E. Agwu

How Agricultural Advisory Services Can Improve Engagement with Farm Women

Aisling Molloy, Monica Gorman, Jane Kavanagh

Women Entrepreneurship in Agriculture and Young Farmer Project: Turkish Case

Mucahit Paksoy, Nida Celik

Round Table Discussions


Chair Elske van de Fliert

Panel presentations

Towards Inclusive Rural Communication Services – Informing Policy

Mario Acunzo

Assessing Changes in Rural Communication Services for Nomadic Herders in Mongolia

Rico Lie, Oleg Nicetic, Elske van de Fliert

Towards Inclusive Rural Communication Services – Building Evidence

Elske van de Fliert

A Perspective of Anticipation, Reflexivity, Inclusion and Responsiveness to Study the Sustainability and Impact of Communicative Interventions. Learning from the GRI-RC Study

Loes Witteveen, Sarah Cardey


Chair Simona Cristiano, Patrizia Proietti

Participants Riccardo Bocci, Lisa van Dijk, Eelke Wielinga, Michael Kuegler


Chair Elske van de Fliert

Panel Presentations

Establishing Capacity for Visual Learning towards Sustainable Development – Transdisciplinary Collaboration in Mongolia

Elske van de Fliert, Munkhbat Bazarjav, Loes Witteveen

Movie Making as Praxis: Raising Critical Consciousness in the Anthropocene

Grady Walker

The Digital Farmer Field School

Loes Witteveen, Rico Lie, Margriet Goris, Verina Ingram

Visual Methods as Options for Communication, Knowledge Exchange and Negotiating Perceptions for Sustainable Change

Loes Witteveen

Poster Session

The Role of Knowledge Management in the Empowerment of the Extension Workers of Agricultural Organization of Iran

Hoda Akbaripour, Alireza Poursaeed

Decent Work Indicators: The Case of Staff in Agricultural Organizations in Guilan Province, Iran

Mohammad Sadegh Allahyari, Fatemeh Noghandoost, Anastasios Michailidis, Paraskevi Tsimitri

Making the Invisible Visible - Advisory Services for Increased Occupational Health in Agricultural

Catharina Alwall Svennefelt, Magnus Ljung

The Potential for Community Based Social Marketing Using School Students as the Tools of Change to Increase Innovation Adoption in the Agricultural Industry

Amy Cosby, Mark Trotter

Digital Storytelling for Agricultural Education

Katerina Iatropoulou, Peter Paree, Jacqueline Kroon

Center of Knowledge Accumulation, Transfer, Development of Agricultural Technologies and their Demonstration “Gate of Innovations“

Gintare Kucinskiene, Rimtautas Petraitis

Investigating the Potential Impact of Agricultural Communications on Sustainable Development

Fally Masambuka, Mary T Rodriquez

The Attitude of Agricultural Researchers, Extension Agents and Farmers towards Organic Products: Some Evidences from Iran

Mehdi Nooripoor, Sanaz Arpanahi

The Analysis of Information Sources Used by Pomegranate Producers in Antalya

Orhan Özçatalbaş, Tuğba Ünlü

The Role of Sustainable Livelihoods Assets on Environmental Behavior of Paddy Farmers in Koochesfahan County, Northern Iran

Mina Sadeghzadeh, Nima Nejadrezaei, Mohammad Sadegh Allahyari

The Extension Education of Food Production among Multicultural Newcomers - Case Study in Espoo City Finland

Leena Savisalo, Harri Westermarck

Case-based Methodology in Higher Education: A Pilot Application in “Organic Farming and Public Finance”

Alexandra Smyrniotopoulou, Alexandros Koutsouris, Thanasis Kampas, George Vlahos, Katarzyna Iwińska, Grzegorz Mikusinski, Jan Činčera, Clara Vasconcelos