Document Type : Original Research


1 Ph.D student in agricultural extension and education, Bu Ali Sina University, Hamedan University.

2 Assistant Professor Agricultural Extension Education, Bu Ali Sina University, Hamedan


The weak performance of the public sector (in agricultural extension systems) in providing services in recent decades has led to the presence of new agents in the field of agricultural extension and rural development. The resulting functional diversity and pluralism structure including governmental, private and non-governmental results in the facilitation of the participation of actors in various subjects. The aim of this study is to determine the function of organizations in Iran as a pluralistic extension system. The study was conducted by Delphi. The population of the study were 50 subject experts. The Delphi method of sampling is not used here, but a panel of experts on the subject with expertise and professional experience should be chosen. This research was conducted in three stages. Fourteen organizations and five categories of functioning were introduced by the panel of experts. The function of each organization was identified after removing the items on which there was less than 80 percent overall agreement. The results showed that in a pluralist system the extension of an organization can provide a service in return for payment. Therefore, the audience turns to one of the organizations based on his/her needs and conditions and the choice of the quality of service. Usually, the competitive nature of this work provides for improvement of services.


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