The New Extensionist is a global view of extension and advisory services (EAS) that reinvents and clearly articulates the role of EAS in the rapidly-changing rural context. It argues for an expanded role for EAS within agricultural innovation systems (AIS) and development of new capacities at different levels to play this role.
The Learning Kit contains 15 modules designed for self-directed, face-to-face, or blended learning and can be a useful tool for (not exclusively) individual extension field staff, managers, lecturers and non-governmental organisations, and other training institutions. The development process was designed and managed as an iterative journey of broad consultations, discussions, and feedback from a wide range of stakeholders.
Modules should be used in conjunction with the workbook provided. It is encouraged that each user starts with Module 1: Introduction to the New Extensionist, as it provides foundation and the context through which the other modules can be understood.
This document presents results of an assessment of the Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services in Senegal conducted by the Feed the Future program Developing Local Extension Capacities (DLEC) It is a desk review of the extension and advisory services (EAS) system in Senegal. It also provides an assessment of the Feed the Future Naatal Mbay project’s EAS strategy and makes recommendations for strengthening it. The document uses the “best-fit” framework to examine the services from a systems perspective, looking at six EAS characteristics – the governance structures and policy environment; organizational and management capacities and cultures; advisory methods; market engagement; livelihood strategies; and community engagement.
Some key findings include the following:
The lack of a guiding comprehensive national extension policy, resulting in a low profile, limited funding, and weak coordination of extension
The presence of producer organizations (POs) and federations of POs, which show promise for sustainability and scaling of EAS approaches
A low use of information and communication technologies (ICTs), especially compared to other countries assessed under DLEC
Develop an extension policy and strengthen coordination of providers
Organize a national meeting for extension and advisory services providers on the role of farmer trainers in extension
Increase the testing and use of ICT methods in extension and support existing programs
Increase the number of female farmer trainers, by providing gender training to those selecting farmer trainers, targeting women’s groups, promoting couples to take on the position of farmer trainers instead of just the man, and ensuring that work and training conditions are conducive to female participation
Finally, with regard to Naatal Mbay, the report recommends further documenting the achievements of Naatal Mbay’s extension and capacity strengthening approaches and (a) assess key factors contributing to project achievements thus far, (b) analyze remaining challenges, (c) propose ways to improve performance in meeting project goals and (d) determine pathway to sustainability so that extension and capacity strengthening mechanisms can continue to help producer networks, organizations and rural households to continue accruing benefits after the close of the project.
The GFRAS Policy Compendium is a tool that contributes to filling the gap between the rural advisory services (RAS) policy environment and RAS efforts in the field. It helps direct decisions and facilitate successful policy processes and outcomes in extension and advisory services by making knowledge accessible, fostering synergies and promoting policy processes to improve RAS and rural development. It provides easily accessible and understandable resources for those developing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating or advocating for RAS policy. The Compendium provides background information, inputs, ideas and hands-on guidance for decision-making and facilitation of successful policy processes for RAS. The compendium was revised by the GFRAS Policy Working Group and put in a more systematic and searchable format.
Find more via the following link: http://compendium.g-fras.org
PROCASUR is organizing a Local Champions Fair in Mozambique on April 23, 24, and 25, 2018, and would like to form a Delegation representing West and Central Africa (WCA).
This Fair will be inter-regional, with the participation of Local Champions from Latin America and the Caribbean, and Eastern and Southern Africa, and is part of the PROCASUR Local Champions capacity building strategy.
The purpose of this initiative is to provide answers to the two following questions: (i) How can we improve the Farmer-to-Farmer service model and the role of Local Champions in agricultural extension and advisory services? and (ii) What are the needs, opportunities and challenges of the WCA region for better learning among farmers?
Those interested in taking part in this initiative are invited to send an e-mail, with the subject “We want to participate in the LC Fair”, to firstname.lastname@example.org expressing their interest to participate in the Local Champions Fair at latest on Thursday, March 15, 2018.
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The 3rd AFAAS Africa wide Africa Agricultural Extension Week (AEW) took place in Durban (South Africa) from 30 October to 03 November, 2017 on the topic: “Scaling Up Climate Smart Agriculture: Integrating Youth, Women and the Digital Revolution”.
The event was attended by more than more than 700 representatives from 40 countries. After deliberations, participants call upon all actors in Agriculture Extension and Advisory Services (AEAS) to take actions that will scale up Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA), specifically: integrating youth and women in CSA. Key actions identified include: (i) scaling up ICTs in CSA; (ii) scaling CSA technologies and innovation; (iii) scaling capacity development for CSA; (iv) scaling Knowledge Management for CSA and (v) scaling innovation and entrepreneurship through CSA.
It was decided that the 4th AEW to be organized in 2019 will be hosted by the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire and RESCAR-AOC.
The full version of the Durban Declaration issued at the end of the 3rd AEW can be downloaded here.
E-conference: Efficiency and sustainability of Country Fora
In the current context of pluralistic agricultural and rural advisory services (ARAS), Country forum (CF) are emerging progressively as a major actor with the potential to significantly contribute to more effective ARAS and vibrant agricultural innovation systems (AIS). However, the potential of CF is not yet well-known by most AIS actors, and preliminary lessons of its operationalization in West and Central Africa (WCA) raise excitements but also concerns about its efficiency and sustainability.
RESCAR-AOC is organizing an e-conference with the objective to raise awareness on Country Fora of agricultural advisory services (CF) and facilitate learning and experiences sharing to gather useful elements for sustainable and full harnessing of their potential. The conference will run for three weeks (10th – 31st October, 2017) and is articulated around three sub-themes: (i) Country forum: Added-value in the existing innovation systems, pathways for efficient establishment (theme 1); (ii) Efficient functioning of CF (theme 2); (iii) sustainability of CF and strategies for scaling and achieving greater impacts (theme 3) The language for the e-conference will be English and French.
RESCAR-AOC operates under the tutelage of AFAAS and GFRAS with the vision of “efficient ARAS mobilized in line with the demand to facilitate sustainable development in West and Central Africa”.
The International Workshop on Improving the Responsiveness of Agricultural and Rural Advisory Services (ARAS) in the context of Climate Change and Agricultural Entrepreneurship in West and Central Africa (WCA) took place from 30 September to 2 October 2016 in Limbe (Cameroon). Its overall objective was to discuss the adjustments necessary to agricultural and rural advisory services to support the transition towards climate-smart agriculture (CSA) and the development of agricultural entrepreneurship (agripreneurship) in a more efficient and inclusive manner.
The workshop was organized by RESCAR-AOC in partnership with GFRAS, CTA, GIZ, IIED / GWI, AFAAS, MINADER and ACEFA as a prelude to the 7th Annual Meeting of the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) also at Limbe (Cameroon) on 3 to 6 October 2016 on the theme “Role of rural advisory services in inclusive agricultural entrepreneurship“.
Results of the workshop highlighted, among other things, that developing appropriate advise to value chains actors considering their diversity, women, youth and producers’ organisations, to facilitate the adoption of CSA and entrepreneurship is a major challenge. Knowledge management plays a crucial role in strengthening the responsiveness of ARAS. The following groups of measures were identified as necessary for ARAS to better respond to demands related to CSA and agripreneurship: (i) adaptation of approaches, methods and tools; (ii) enhanced knowledge and skills of advisors and value chain actors; (iii) improvement of practices and governance of ARAS schemes and (iv) making the institutional environment more conducive and compatible with innovations related to CSA and agripreneurship.
Documents synthesizing to the development, main results and recommendations of the workshop are available via the links below:
The 3rd AFAAS Africa-Wide Agricultural Extension Week combined with the 51st Annual Conference of the South African Society for Agricultural Extensionwill take place in Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa from 30 October to 3 November 2017. The theme of the event is : “Scaling up climate smart agriculture: integrating youth, women, and the digital revolution“.
For further information, kindly visit AFAAS or SASAE websites.
RESCAR-AOC is organizing an e-conference with the objective to raise awareness on Country Fora of agricultural advisory services (CF) and facilitate learning and experiences sharing to gather useful elements for sustainable and full harnessing of their potential. The conference will run for three weeks (10th – 31st October, 2017) and is articulated around three sub-themes: (i) Country forum: Added-value in the existing innovation systems, pathways for efficient establishment (theme 1); (ii) Efficient functioning of CF (theme 2); (iii) sustainability of CF and strategies for scaling and achieving greater impacts (theme 3) The language for the e-conference will be English and French. RESCAR-AOC operates under the tutelage of AFAAS and GFRAS with the vision of “efficient ARAS mobilized in line with the demand to facilitate sustainable development in West and Central Africa”.