Spring Symposium on Revalorizing Extension: Evidence and Practice

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Champaign, IL

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This symposium will bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss and deliberate on:

  • How to highlight extension’s crucial role in international agricultural development
  • What works in agricultural/rural advisory services and why
  • How to effectively deliver extension services to smallholder farmers
  • What it takes to increase support for extension services

Topics of Interest:
  • Effective extension methods at the farmer, organizational, and country/system levels
  • Innovative approaches to sustainably reach women farmers and youth
  • Using ICTs to empower staff and reach
  • more farmers
  • The political economy of agricultural extension
  • Extension in post-conflict and post-disaster contexts
  • Partnerships to strengthen extension
  • Extension for improved nutrition, natural resource management, and sustainable agriculture

Call for Proposals


How to get in touch

Email Andrea Bohn at

How to get to University of Illinois

By Plane

By Bus (Chicago-Champaign if no connecting flight)

By Car (from ORD)

How to get around

This campus is very walkable, you can also take the MTD bus all over campus for $1/ride.

Where to stay

  • Illini Union: Conference rates for self-funded participants: $109/night
  • I-Hotel: Conference rates for self-funded participants: $129/night
  • Hampton Inn: Conference rates for self-funded participants: $99/night

What to expect

  • Weather: April means Spring in Champaign-Urbana, which can include rain and storms (even snow) or sun and warmth, all in the same week. To that end, pack layers, shoes/boots that can get wet, and a medium-weight waterproof jacket. Average temps (high/low): 58 F/37 F.
  • Staying Safe: Campus, downtown Champaign and Urbana are safe areas, low crime and well-lit, but it is always advised to be smart and travel with another person after dark. Buses run all night.

What to wear

Business casual to the the conference.

What to do

Conference Agenda forthcoming.

What else to do

  • Downtown Champaign: restaurants, bars, cafes, bakery, art movie theater.
  • Downtown Urbana: smaller than Champaign, restaurants, grocery stores, cafes, bakery, library.
  • University Arboretum and Japan House: walkable nature area with gardens, trees, ponds, and Japan House cultural center.
  • Meadowbrook Park: natural prairie area with walking path and park.

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Office of International Programs

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences


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