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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1967. Department of Agronomy.


Copyright 1967, the author. Used by permission.


The study is intended to give a general view of the United States Extension Service in preparing to work in a less developed country. The object has been to collect data and information on the U.S. Extension work including the contemporary staff, local leaders and farmers, for use in considering the U.S. experiences and practices for the Ugandan situation. The results of the study, which are difficult to summarize briefly, will be listed as important points.

1. American leaders as evidenced by this study, have been genuinely interested in Agriculture and not merely as means of furthering their political interests.

2. Agricultural Extension is the U.S. owes much of its progress to the alertness of the American government.

3. A Memorandum of Understanding is necessary in Extension Organization and functioning. People trained in administrative theory are needed.

4. The American experience shows that democratic agricultural societies, Farmers’ Institutes and Farm Organization are important agencies for community development. Research shows the agricultural societies and farm organizations in America are better and earlier indicators of the people’s felt needs than the government or the Congressmen.

5. Cooperation is better than control, and this is true of the U.S. Extension Organization and functioning.

6. The farmers must take some initiative if they want aid.

7. Past attempts show it is beneficial to plan extension programs combining instruction, recreation, and entertainment.

8. Extension should be based on sound education case principles. Peoples need to understand their own needs in order to ask for the necessary aid.

9. Agricultural progress has been promoted by the professional and business people in the entire community. In less developed countries, those is charge do not care about farmers or their needs.

10. There is a need for cooperation between Extension, Research and the University and Agricultural Colleges. Also, it is important to have ongoing learning and teaching for this department.

11. This study reveals a need to be concerned, for there is a clear lacking of trained people in Extension Administration in Uganda. Education and ability in combination with maturity and responsibility should be considered.

Advisor: Lester N. Leininger.