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Strengthening Partnerships and Professionalization in Agricultural Extension in Guinea

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Mission in Guinea, is accompanying the reform of agricultural extension and advisory services (EAS) in Guinea. This support initially focuses on strengthening the pluralism and effectiveness of EAS providers as a lever to facilitate inclusive access to quality agricultural advisory services for producers and other value chain actors.

To this end, USAID has commissioned a study on strategies for strengthening partnerships and professionalising agricultural advisory services. This study was carried out by the Development of Local Agricultural Advisory Capacity (DLEC) project with the active participation of local stakeholders. Its results and recommendations were presented and validated during a national workshop of actors and stakeholders on Monday 24th August 2020, from 10am to 12pm via webinar on the Zoom platform. The agenda of the event is available here, the summary of of outcomes of the study can be downloaded here.

Strengthening partnerships and professional in Agricultural Extension in Guinea

 

RESCAR-AOC accelerates its deployment

RESCAR-AOC has set up a working group to facilitate the process for its legalization and renewal of its planning and programming document. The terms of reference of this working group include, among others: selection of the host country, preparation of statutes and governance documents, mapping of members, definition of convergence criteria for institutional members, preparation and organization of the general assembly, and submission and follow-up of the legalization file.

This working group is composed of Prof. Tunji Arokoyo, Foday Jadama, Nestor Ngouambe, Virginie Touré-de Baglion, Nguessan Kouakou, Simplice Davo Vodouhe, Florent Okry, Jean de Dieu Nitiema, Calixte Mbeng, Nathalie Bogui Konan and Patrice Djamen.

It will accelerate its work as of May 2020 and will also steer the implementation of activities to accelerate and consolidate the deployment of RESCAR-AOC which are structured around: governance consolidation, knowledge management, capacity building, strategic dialogue and networking. The detailed programme of different activities will be circulated to members and partners by May 9th,  2020.

Une initiative pour renforcer le conseil agricole en Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre

Le RESCAR-AOC travaille avec le consortium Cirad/Iram/Inter-Réseaux pour la formulation du projet « Renforcer le conseil agricole pour accompagner les transitions agroécologiques de l’agriculture familiale en Afrique sub-saharienne (ACOTAF) ». L’objectif global de ce  projet est d’améliorer les performances et les impacts des systèmes intégrés de conseil agricole et des dispositifs de terrain destinés aux agricultures familiales d’Afrique sub-saharienne en vue d’obtenir les changements souhaités par les producteurs et productrices et les décideurs. Son objectif spécifique est de renforcer la gestion de connaissances et les capacités des acteurs du conseil pour un renouvellement du conseil agricole qui favoriserait les transitions agro-écologiques en Afrique Sub-saharienne.

ACOTAF est un conçu pour une durée de 36 mois et sera financé par la Coopération française. Il est porté par le consortium Cirad/Iram/Inter-Réseaux/RESCAR-AOC. Le CIRAD sera le chef de file du consortium et coordonnateur Nord du projet. Le RESCAR-AOC sera le coordonnateur Sud du Projet. Un comité de pilotage réunissant les 4 structures sera constitué et se réunira 2 fois par an afin de donner les orientations stratégiques du projet et de définir la programmation semestrielle des activités. Le MEAE et l’AFD seront associés à ce comité.

Le rôle spécifique RESCAR-AOC inclura l’ancrage du projet en Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre, la coordination et le suivi des activités menées dans cette région (organisation des ateliers, suivi de certaines études, mobilisation et animation des réseaux nationaux…). Le RESCAR-AOC facilitera en outre les apprentissages, développer des synergies avec d’autres initiatives et  projets/programmes dans la région contribuera à la pérennisation et la diffusion des résultats du projet.

Conseil agricole et changement climatique en Afrique de l’Ouest


Le RESCAR-AOC a participé le 16 avril 2020 une rencontre avec le Centre d’Excellence Africain sur le Changement Climatique, la Biodiversité et l’Agriculture Durable (CEA-CCBAD / Université Houphouët-Boigny) et le Forum Mondial pour le Conseil Rural (GFRAS) pour explorer les synergies. Trois grands domaines de collaboration ont été identifiés. Il s’agit de : (i) la gestion des connaissances y compris la capitalisation, (ii) la recherche et la co-construction des innovations et, (iii) le développement des capacités. Ceci pourra donner lieu d’une part à des actions visant le renforcement de la prise en compte des changements climatiques dans les curricula de formation de base et des formations continues des conseillers agricoles. D’autres part, des collaborations seront développées autour de la formation des apprenants du CEA-CCBAD sur les outils et méthodes innovants de vulgarisation des pratiques d’adaptation aux changements climatiques.

La stratégie retenue pour initialiser la concrétisation de ce partenariat prévoit au cours des prochaines semaines la rédaction et la signature d’une convention tripartite pour définir et formaliser le cadre de la collaboration entre le CCBAD, le RESCAR-AOC et le GFRAS. Une plateforme programmatique assortie d’un plan d’action sera élaborée. En outre, un webinaire conjoint sera organisé sur le conseil agricole et les changements climatiques en capitalisant les acquis du Projet ACE I via son rapport final et les résultats des autres activités thématiques organisées par le RESCAR et le GFRAS sur les actions de changement climatique.

Agricultural Extension Services and COVID-19

The global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is expanding daily. Agricultural extension and advisory services (EAS) systems play an indispensable role at the frontline of the response to the pandemic in rural areas. However, to adapt to the emergency context within the government regulations, EAS providers need to rapidly change their way of operating. FAO has developed a policy brief Extension and Advisory Services: at the frontline of the response to COVID-19 to ensure food security. The publication can be downloaded through the following link: http://www.fao.org/3/ca8710en/CA8710EN.pdf

Policies and Strategies for Agricultural Extension Reform

The source book includes 12 modules which purpose are to review the major reforms being considered internationally – reforms that aim to change the policy and institutional structure and operations of public sector agricultural extension systems, and thus enhance a transition to better coordinated pluralistic, demand-led advisory systems. The advantages and disadvantages of each aspect of these reforms are examined and illustrated by the selected case studies. The modules provide a foundation for extension reform affecting the entire set-up and mode of operation of agricultural extension.

This review of reforms is intended to provide insights for senior-level officials and others interested in the development of agricultural advisory systems. The modules review trends, concepts and experiences, and, as such, are not intended to be prescriptive, or to adhere necessarily to any one point of view, but instead to provide a basis for informed decision-making by government policy-makers and senior management of extension and advisory services, as well as agricultural advisors. The book can be downloaded here.

Envisioning the Future of Extension: Event Report

The Feed the Future Developing Local Extension Capacity Annual Community of Practice Convening took place in Washington, D.C. on March 4-5, 2020. The event was co-organized by DLEC, a USAID funded project led by Digital Green in partnership with International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS), AgReach (University of Illinois), and the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM). There were 65 in-person and online participants from 16 countries.

Participants discussed “What will extension look like 10-20 years from now? What will change or won’t? What are we already learning that relates to that future?” To this end, the organizers called for inputs and competitively selected speakers, who presented using formal talks, panel discussions, lightning inputs, and a poster session. Abstracts and presentations are available here. In addition, recordings of some panels are available here

The full report of the event is available here

Save the date: 2020 GFRAS Annual Meeting

After a successful 10th edition in Jamaica, the 11th GFRAS Annual Meeting will take place from 4-7 October 2020 at the Baltic Beach Hotel in Jūrmala, Latvia. The meeting will discuss digitalisation trends in Rural Advisory Services and the potential of digitalization for knowledge transfer amongst RAS workers. Registration will open in Spring 2020.

Conseil agricole au Burkina: enjeux et défis autour des tic et des jeunes

Inter-réseaux a organisé le 25 septembre 2019 une journée d’échanges autour des principales réflexions et analyses présentées dans le numéro spécial de Grain de Sel sur le thème « Le conseil agricole a-t-il encore un sens aujourd’hui ? ». Cette rencontre a permis de poursuivre les débats avec les membres, partenaires et principaux acteurs impliqués sur ces enjeux au Burkina autour de deux sujets :

  • TIC et conseil agricole : défis du financement et de la construction de contenus adaptés aux besoins spécifiques des producteurs agricoles.
  • TIC et insertion des jeunes dans le secteur agrosylvopastoral : état des lieux de la prise en compte des jeunes dans les dispositifs de conseil agricole au Burkina et enseignements.

L’ensemble des présentations faites au cours de cette journée sont accessibles  sur le site d’Inter-réseaux ici

The Future of Agricultural Advisory Services in Africa: Evidence and New Directions

In Africa, efficient agricultural extension and advisory services (EAS) are essential for the achievement of increasing and unprecedented efforts undertaken at country and regional levels to make agriculture more productive, profitable and sustainable. This requires that various stakeholders involved have a good knowledge and consideration of recent and ongoing evolution, but also emerging challenges and opportunities that shape the agenda for extension and advisory services. The Feed the Future Developing Local Extension Capacity (DLEC) project co-hosted a regional Community of Practice meeting in June 2019. The Convening was attended by representatives from RESCAR, AFAAS, the DLEC Consortium partner Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS), and implementing partners from the private sector, civil society, and research. The overall objective of the event was to share lessons learned from evidence on advisory services in Africa and to discuss ways to implement them through existing and new projects using AFAAS country forums as the basis for multi-stakeholder platforms. Through plenary presentations and discussions, and group work sessions, the meeting enable the sharing of knowledge and experiences, collective reflection on issues and opportunities for the development of EAS in Africa resulting in the formulation of recommendations.

The event took place in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) from 24 – 26 June 2019. Day one focused on the status of EAS in Africa, particularly in West and Central Africa (WCA), and discussed priority recommendations for strengthening country fora and sub-regional extension networks. Day two and three were dedicated to the GFRAS-led Last Mile Programme (LMP) and covered partnerships and implementation arrangements to strengthen advisory services, using multi-stakeholder country forums. The event brought together 50 participants from 14 countries. Participants included funding and implementing partners of EAS, directors of extension, country forum focal persons, and EAS resource persons and related institutions from the region and beyond.

Summary of key results and recommendations of this event are available here

The event was sponsored Feed the Future Developing Local Extension Capacity Project with the Regional Community of Practice Convening with the West and Central Africa Network for Agricultural and Rural Advisory Services for (RESCAR-AOC) and the African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS).