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Agricultural Extension for the Developing World
International Research & Agricultural Development strives to transform lives through impactful projects supported by proven scientific research. IRAD increases the quality of life in many countries through agriculture & education by utilizing local talent and cultural practices. Washington State University uses an integrated community-based approach of intensive dialogue training and extension support while working to maintain traditional leadership structures. This ensures IRAD encourages and collaborates within the cultures in which we operate.
To build the capacity of people who are being empowered through IRAD’s programs, we focus on providing training, expanding outreach through extension services, increasing collaboration at the village level, providing access to materials and equipment, supporting marketing initiatives, and addressing health and social issues. IRAD also chooses to work with local NGOs to promote tested technologies that are affordable, adapted to the local climate and are in high demand among rural communities.
IRAD holds high sustainability standards in all of our projects by requiring completed projects or training to be proven productive, profitable, and environmentally friendly with no further need for external support. Additionally, there must be a sound foundation established for continuing and expanding impacts over numerous communities in the area.
While poverty alleviation is the primary concern, WSU is committed to ensuring that policy is based on scientific evidence that can only be achieved by conducting demanding monitoring and evaluation activities. These M&E activities are shared with the local NGOs as well as any others who would benefit from the knowledge of the impact IRAD realizes in our interventions.
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