Volume 40 - Number 3 - 1999 | DOI: 10.5032/jae.1999.03061



Self-sufficiency in food and fiber production is a goal of Iran 's Extension service. In an effort to bolster Extension 's efforts, volunteers are enlisted to work with Extension agents andfarmers. Well-trained and competent volunteers are effective in helping the Extension service disseminate knowledge to farmers. Little is known about factors that affect involvement of volunteers in Extension education activities. All Extension volunteers (138) in the Talesh Township, Iran were surveyed Factors that most encouraged volunteers to participate in Extension education programs were for the sake of God, leaving a good name and memory, and closer relationships with Extension agents. Volunteers were also more likely to participate in tasks and training programs that provided immediate benefit towards farming operations. Men were more likely than women to become volunteers.

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