Collaboration of Scientists in Agricultural Research Institutes in Nigeria: Implications for Privatisation and Commercialisation of Agricultural Extension


  • A O Oyedokun National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services South -West Zone Ibadan, Nigeria


Collaboration, scientists, Agricultural REsearch Institute, Privatisation


Scientists in the agricultural research institutes are the focus of this study. Through amultistage sampling techniques 172 agricultural scientists from research institutes in 11agricultural research institutes were selected. Major collaborative extension activities ofscientists are with the ADPs. These include diagnostic survey with AÃŒPs (89 %), training ofstaff (72 %), organisation of field day /demonstration (63 %) and training of farmers (57 %).Negligible percentage of scientists collaborate with the NGOs in extension' activities;diagnostic survey (11%), training of farmers (13 %) and organisation of fieldday /demonstration (8 %). Similarly, limited percentage of scientists collaborate with the NGOsin research executed (0.12 %), scientific publications (1.8 %) and joint research proposals(0.5 %). Scientists in the research institutes have strong collaboration with the ADPs(71.08 %), . university (68.42 %) and international agriculture centres (57.89 %). Thecollaboration with the NGOs is weak (60.40 %)With privatisation there may be further degeneration in collaboration as private extensionagencies are more likely to promote their own interests to the neglect of the interests of thepublic. It is suggested that private and non- governmental organisations should be broughtinto extension delivery system.


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How to Cite

Oyedokun, A. O. (2015). Collaboration of Scientists in Agricultural Research Institutes in Nigeria: Implications for Privatisation and Commercialisation of Agricultural Extension. Journal of Agricultural Extension, 5(1). Retrieved from



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