The New Extensionist Learning Kit (NELK)

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.

How to get the Kit?

Full Kit: http://www.g-fras.org/en/knowledge/new-extensionist-learning-kit-nelk.html

A short introduction Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/playlist list=PLxyw0OhIoFl0PTHerfJJqSn6MQvUlgexS

All the module are accessible at the following page: http://nelk.g-fras.org/index.php/en/home-alias-alias/topic-1

 

DLEC Report: Agricultural Extension and Advisory in Senegal

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

Recommendations include

  • 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 full version of the report is available here: DLEC-Senegal-In-Depth-Assessment-Extension-Final

Revised GFRAS Policy Compendium

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

Local Champions Fair: Innovative Solution in Agricultural Extension

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 gestionsdessavoirs@procasur.org  expressing their interest to participate in the Local Champions Fair at latest on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

for more information, click on the following links:

Appel À Manifestation D’intérêt Foire Des Champions Locaux Mozambique 2018

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A decision guide tool for Agricultural Advisory Methods

This decision guide is intended to help extension professionals and their organizations make informed decisions about which extension method and approach to use for providing information, technologies and services to rural producers and to facilitate interactions and knowledge flow. Expected users include field-based rural advisors, extension managers and programme planners.

click here for download: A decision guide for Rural Advisory Methods

 

DLEC Report: Agricultural Extension in Guinea

The document present outputs of the diagnostic studies conducted by USAID funded Project Developing Local Extension Capacities (DLEC) to evaluation and analyse local Extension and advisory Services (EAS) operating contexts and capacities for Feed the Future and aligned countries.

Some key findings include: (i) Inadequate operational resources and low salaries; 10k:1 ratio of farmers to extension agents; (ii) some donor projects are training young people as self-supporting extension agents; (iii)  there are not many local NGOs; some farmer orgs and private providers exist; (iv) some video and radio are used and can be scaled; (v) market engagement is weak and key value chains could be developed; (vi) Some attempts to target women in projects; topics such as gender, nutrition and climate change could be integrated into regular training; (vii) agro-input dealers, farmer federations, existing cadre of agents and new self-supporting agents show promise for scaling

download the full report

 

3rd Agricultural Extension Week: The Durban Declaration

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.

The Durban Declaration is avalaible here