The purpose of this manuscript is to discuss the role of agricultural education as one component of the agricultural programs of developing nations. Certainly the complexity of agriculture requires an array of inputs, all of which are important in strengthening the agricultural development process. This manuscript will present a rationale for education in agriculture as one of the most crucial of such inputs. To accomplish this objective, following sections will address (1) the definitions attributed to the term 'agricultural education' in the context of international agricultural development, (2) a justification for the inclusion of agricultural education in development programs and (3) the general role agricultural education could assume in such programs.
education in agriculture, international agriculture, development programs