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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).

Le conseil agricole a-t-il encore un sens aujourd’hui ?

Le n°77 de la revue Grain de Sel vient de paraître, il est dédié aux questionnements et problématiques actuelles du conseil agricole

Le conseil agricole a fait l’objet, ces dernières années, d’un regain d’intérêt au niveau des politiques agricoles et de l’aide au développement. De nombreux acteurs de développement se sont emparés de la question du conseil aux agriculteurs : organisations professionnelles agricoles, agences de l’État, investisseurs, agrofournisseurs, ONG, compagnie de téléphonie, etc.

Interroger le sens du conseil agricole, aujourd’hui en Afrique de l’Ouest et ailleurs, suppose de regarder tout à la fois ses formes, les besoins des bénéficiaires auxquels il répond, les acteurs impliqués, et les visions de l’agriculture qu’il soutient dans un contexte de tensions autour des ressources financières.

Ce numéro de Grain de Sel, en confrontant de multiples points de vue et connaissances rappelle d’abord que le conseil agricole a du sens pour les exploitations familiales et illustre la pluralité de sens de ce conseil. Pour accéder à l’ensemble des articles de ce numéro spécial de Grain de Sel, cliquez ici

The Future of Agricultural Advisory Services in Africa: Evidence and New Directions. 24-26 June 2019, Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire)

AFAAS, DLEC, RESCAR-AOC, ANADER and GFRAS are organising  a Joint Event on Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services under the theme: « The Future of Agricultural Advisory Services in Africa: Evidence and New Directions ».

This event will take place in Hotel Ivotel Plateau in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, from 24-26 June 2019.  Its overall objective is 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. This will be done through:

  • Sharing results and recommendations of various evidence on advisory services in the region
  • Agreeing on priority areas to take up at national and regional levels and link to ongoing initiatives
  • Showcasing the model of public-private partnerships within AFAAS country forums
  • Getting understanding and buy-in to the GFRAS global project “Last-mile Programme”
  • Updating on status of AFAAS country fora and prepare countries for the Last-mile Programme
  • Leverage on different partners to review and plan for the Agricultural Extension Week 2019

Concept Note of the workshop

ICT4AG HANDBOOK

This handbook gives an overview of a broad range of technologies and can be useful for professionals engaged in agriculture extension, organizations working with smallholder farmers, implementors, donors and other public sector partners. Those interested in the use ICTs for development may also find the content relevant. Though this handbook is particularly aimed at agricultural professionals in Bangladesh, for sharing the various initiatives in Bangladesh and across the developing world, it can be used as a reference document by anyone having interest in the field.

The handbook can be downloaded here: ICT4Ag_Handbook_2019

24th European Seminar on Extension and Education

18. June 2019 – 21. June 2019, CREA – Centro di ricerca Olivicoltura, Frutticoltura e Agrumicoltura – Acireale, Italy

The conference will provide an opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences among researchers, technicians and others who are involved in Extension and Education. We would like to exchange thoughts about the development of our field and to look forward towards the future.
The overarching theme of the conference is « Agricultural Education and Extension tuned on innovation for sustainability. Experiences and perspectives ».
The ESEE 2019 will offer the opportunity to discuss the new roles and functions played by Extension and Education within interactive innovation frameworks. Together will analyze which enhancement of skills and capabilities are necessary and which approaches, methods and instruments are useful to improve the effectiveness and impacts.

ESEE will specifically focus on policy and governance frameworks and will explore the experiences aimed at supporting « enabling environments » for innovation.

For more information on the seminar click here

 

Bonne et Heureuse Année 2019

A l’ensemble des membres et partenaires de RESCAR-AOC,

Je souhaite une très belle et heureuse année 2019 : Santé, Joie, Réussite, Paix et beaucoup de Grâces et d’agréables surprises.

Après une période assez laborieuse, l’année 2019 sera certainement celle de l’accélération et du déploiement complet de RESCAR-AOC. Dans cette optique, plusieurs initiatives sont en cours de développement, nous travaillons également sur un projet de plan d’actions que nous partagerons avec vous d’ici le 15 janvier. Je suis sûr qu’avec la contribution de tous et de chacun, nous y arriverons.

Bonne année encore

Patrice Djamen

9th GFRAS Annual Meeting: The « Jeonju Declaration »

 « 9th GFRAS Annual Meeting

Addressing Challenges and Seizing Opportunities: Developing Effective Partnerships in RAS
22-25 October 2018 Jeonju, Korea 

 Jeonju Declaration 

We, more than 152 participants, comprising extension practitioners from public, private and civil society organizations, farmers’ organisations, policymakers and representatives of the agricultural research and development community, academia, the private sector, donor agencies, and financial institutions from 56 countries; congregated at the Rural Development Administration in Jeonju, Korea, from 22 to 25 October 2018 for the 9th GFRAS Annual Meeting under the theme ”Addressing Challenges and Seizing Opportunities: Developing Effective Partnerships in Rural Advisory Services (RAS)”. Concerned on the role and importance of RAS globally:

We hereby call upon all key stakeholders – including governments, extension professionals, farmers’ organizations, regional and global bodies, the private sector, civil society, development partners and donors – to work together to:

  • Invest innovatively and continuously in RAS as an effective means to eliminate poverty and hunger,
  • Strenghen the role of the public sector in providing RAS effectively and efficiently (as has been demonstrated in countries such as Korea and Vietnam), and create enabling environments for leveraging partherships among and between RAS actors for sustainable rural livelihoods.
  • Reinforce partnerships among RAS actors nationally, regionally, and globally, taking advantage of information and communication technologies, and
  • Enable the young generation to contribute to the future development of sustainable agriculture and rural society.

Dated this 25th of October, 2018

Jeonju, Korea ».

to download the Declaration here

Job at GFRAS: Executive Secretary

In close collaboration with the GFRAS Secretariat team, the regional networks and working groups, as well as the GFRAS Steering Committee, the Executive Secretary is responsible, amongst other tasks, for policy, advocacy and rural engagement on RAS, providing technical advice for networks, and managing GFRAS Secretariat and the team in close collaboration with the programme manager.

Starting date: Early 2019, per agreement

Closing date for applications: 03 October 2018

The complete job posting and candidate requirements can be found here.

Besoins en renforcement des capacités des services de conseil agricole en Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre

Le RESCAR-AOC a engagé l’opérationnalisation du concept du Nouveau Conseiller Agricole » (NCA) pour contribuer à l’amélioration des performances des services de conseil agricole et rural en Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre. Dans cette optique, il conduit un sondage sur les besoins en renforcement des capacités des services de conseil agricole au niveau individuel, organisationnel et politique.

Le sondage vise précisément à identifier: (i) les modules du Kit de formation sur le NCA les plus prioritaires pour le contexte d’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre; (ii) les  domaines de renforcement des capacités pour les fournisseurs de services de conseil agricole et  (iii) les facteurs sur lesquels il faudrait agir pour rendre l’environnement institutionnel et politique plus favorable.

Le sondage est ouvert aux membres de RESCAR-AOC et à toutes les personnes désireuses de partager leurs contributions pour la dynamisation du conseil agricole en AOC. Pour participer au sondage, cliquer sur les liens suivants: