10th – 31st October, 2017: E-conference: Efficiency and Sustainability of Country Fora

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”.

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To subscribe to the e-conf: ateliers@rescar-aoc.org 

Report of the International Workshop of Responsiveness of Agricultural Advisory Services in West and Central Africa

Participants at the International Workshop on Improving the Responsiveness of Agricultural Advisory Services in West and Central Africa (30 September – 02 October 2016, Limbe, Cameroon)

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:

Concept note of the workshop

Global workshop report

Executive summary of the workshop

Report Evaluation of the evaluation of the workshop

List of participants

3rd AFAAS Africa Wide Agricultural Extension Week (30th October – 3rd November 2017)

AFAAS and SASAE together with DAFF will be holding a joint conference on the theme of “Scaling up climate smart agriculture (CSA): integrating youth, women, and the digital revolution”.
The theme was selected in recognition of the fact that climate change is having grave impacts on resource-poor African farmers and increasingly contributing to food losses along the whole value chain. According to the World Bank Group, FAO and IFAD (2015), CSA is an approach that can help to guide actions needed to transform and reorient agricultural systems to effectively support development and ensure food security in a changing climate. Hence agricultural extension and advisory services (AEAS) should reorient and re-equip themselves to provide farmers and other actors in agricultural innovation systems with the knowledge and technologies they need to identify agricultural strategies and practices suitable to their local conditions.

The joint conference will focus on the following sub-themes:
1. Integrating youth and women in CSA
2. Scaling up ICT innovations for CSA
3. Scalable CSA technologies and innovations
4. Capacity development for scaling up CSA innovations
5. Knowledge management for CSA
6. Innovation for entrepreneurship

To download the announcement and call for papers
Eng Final Announcement 3rd AFAAS Africa wie Agricultural Extension Week

30 October – 3 November 2017: The 3rd AFAAS Africa-Wide Agricultural Extension Week

The 3rd AFAAS Africa-Wide Agricultural Extension Week combined with the 51st Annual Conference of the South African Society for Agricultural Extension will 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.

International Workshop of Rescar-Aoc

The West and Central African Network of Agricultural and Rural Advisory Services (RESCAR-AOC) in partnership with GFRAS, GIZ, CTA, GWI, AFAAS, and MINADER/Programme ACEFA is organising an international workshop in Limbe (Cameroon) from September 30 to October 2, 2016 with finalization and complementary meetings on October 2 and 7. The topic is “Improving Responsiveness of Agricultural and Rural Advisory Services (ARAS) in the context of Climate Change and Agripreneurship in Western and Central Africa”. “Better engagement with women, youth and farmer’s organizations through knowledge management.” 

The overall objective of the workshop is to discuss requirements necessary to ARAS to provide more effective support for an inclusive management of climate change and agripreneurship development hence contributing to the achievement of sustainable development in West and Central Africa. This international workshop is organised back-to-back with the 7thAnnual Meeting of the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) that will take place from 3 – 6 October 2016 at the same venue with the topic “Role of Rural Advisory Services (RAS) for Inclusive Agripreneurship”.

To participate, kindly fill and submit by September 12, 2016 the online registration form available here . For further information, send an email to ateliers@rescar-aoc.org

Download announcement and programme
Rescar-Aoc _ CTA al Atelier International _ Réactivité des services de conseil agricole et rural

10 – 31st Oct. 2017: E-conference : Efficiency and Sustainability of Country Fora

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”.

Find more information

To subscribe to the e-conf: ateliers@rescar-aoc.org