Agricultural extension refers to farmer education in the latest scientific research and techniques in applied agricultural work. Extension workers are trained in the agriculture, marketing, health and business fields. They typically work for the government or other non-profit organizations.
Extension workers often work with poor rural farmers. They teach them how to increase food production and improve sanitary practices with the ultimate goal of increasing their economic standing and overall quality of life. The coaching includes introducing farmers to improved seeds, better farming tools, stronger fertilizers and more powerful insecticides. The assistance rendered can help farmers increase their share holding or induce them to form cooperatives.