If you find inspiration in communicating scientific knowledge in innovative ways for impactful and sustainable development; in the participation of people in making their own decisions; in the power of indigenous knowledge systems, multisectoral collaborations and local network; in the development of entrepreneurial skills, and in stimulating learning and influencing human behaviour, then the discipline of Extension is perfect for you. Extension is an applied discipline that is multi-disciplinary and participatory in approach. The champions for development in rural communities, Extensionists are cordially called Agents of Change.
Agricultural Extensionists provide an effective linkage between rural and urban farmers, agricultural research and other sources of information, making it possible to stimulate learning amongst stakeholders. Extensionists learn principles that are applicable to other fields such as rural development, food security, health, nutrition education, agrarian reform, and climate change thus broadens career choices. Our graduate degree programmes at Honours, Masters and Doctoral levels are re-known for producing professional Extension Agents and Scientists in the Extension Field of Practice. As a graduate you can be registered as a professional Extension Agents/Scientists in the Community of Practice. Since 2013, the South African Council for Natural Science Professions (SACNASP) recognises and registers Extension advisory services as a field of practice. Meaning, every Extension agent/advisor can register their Natural Science and Extension qualifications with SACNASP.
If you enjoy research that contributes to national and international dialogue, collaborative efforts, decision-making, policy directives and practice, again the discipline of Extension Services is for you. Extension is a programme that attracts innovative thinkers, who embrace collaborative problem-solving approaches and sustainable technologies, working in partnership with multiple-actors in coordinated efforts towards attainment of meaningful change.