This review of the extension services in Vanuatu is the result of a request by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock/Quarantine, Forestry and Fisheries (MAQFF) to NZAID in late 2006. The original purpose of the review was to critically analyse the performance, strengths, constraints of the extension services provided by all four departments of MAQFF and other non-state extension service providers, and to provide recommendations on how the relevance, effectiveness, and sustainability of extension services could be improved to provide for the needs of the productive sector, taking account of international trends in the role and delivery of extension services.
Due to difficulties fully accessing the departments of Fisheries, Forestry and Quarantine, this review focuses primarily on the extension services of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD), although where available, analysis refers also to the other departments of MAQFF. An in-country visit was conducted in November/December 2007 with a follow-up visit in March 2008. Wide ranging consultations were conducted with stakeholders in Port Vila and the provinces of Tafea, Sanma, Malampa and Penama. This report is a revision of the draft report that was submitted to NZAID in December 2007.