Prakash Bista

Doctor of Philosophy, (Agriculture and Horticulture)
Study Completed: 2018
College of Sciences


Thesis Title
Empowerment of farmers through agriculture extension: A case study of farmer groups in Khairahani, Chitwan, Nepal

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Farmer groups have been widely used as a farmer-centred agricultural extension approach to transform the agriculture sector in developing countries. Recently, farmer group participation was seen as an avenue to empowerment. However, few empirical studies have been conducted to understand how participation in farmer groups contributes to the empowerment of farmers. Mr Bista investigated four farmer groups that were assisted by the public agricultural extension organisation in Nepal using a qualitative case study approach. He found that participation in a farmer group facilitated the accumulation of human, social and financial capital, which then contributed to economic, psychological, social and political empowerment. Mr Bista’s findings suggest extension organisations wanting to empower rural people should conceive and plan extension services in a holistic way enabling enhancement of all three forms of capital, rather than focusing on programmes promoting enhancement of one or two forms of capital.

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