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

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Eng Final Announcement 3rd AFAAS Africa wie Agricultural Extension Week

30 Sep/3 Oct/7 Oct: 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

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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

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3-6 Oct 2016: GFRAS Annual Meeting 2016 in Cameroon

The 7th Annual Meeting of the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) will take place from 3 – 6 October 2016 in Cameroon, with side events on 3 and 7 October.

The topic is the Role of Rural Advisory Services (RAS) for Inclusive Agripreneurship. It will be preceded by the Annual Meeting of the West and Central African Network for Rural Advisory Services (in French: le Réseau des Services de Conseil Agricole et Rural d’Afrique de l’guest et du Centre, RESCAR-AOC), a GFRAS-GIZ workshop on the Role of RAS in Gender Mainstreaming in Value Chains, and accompanied by other relevant learning events. The meeting is organised by GFRAS in partnership with RESCAR-AOC, the African Forum of Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS), and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Cameroon.

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Ensuring successful country fora

Making it happen: Ensuring successful country fora to catalyzing agricultural transformation in West and Central Africa

Country forum of agricultural and rural advisory services (ARAS) is emerging progressively is as a major innovation that could revitalize agricultural advisory services and ultimately contribute to the improving performances of agricultural innovation systems. The Potential added-value of country fora (CF) include among others improved coordination and synergy of actions between the actors of the current pluralistic landscape, knowledge management and enhanced participation ARAS stakeholders in the development and implementation of agricultural policies. Despite the anticipated exciting added-value of CFs, their operationalisation often faces several challenges, numerous factors specifics to the context have to be considered in their shaping. Key factors to ensure the performance of their functioning are yet to be clearly established. Their integration in the agricultural institutional landscape is not easy and there some concerns on their sustainability in the long-term. RESCAR-AOC and its partners will organize in April 2016 an electronic conference of the topic “Making it happen: Ensuring successful country fora to catalyzing agricultural transformation in West and Central Africa”. The objective of this conference is to discuss best-fit approaches and develop and key elements of strategy for an efficient and sustainable establishment and running of CF in the context of agricultural transformation. Further information of this conference will be released on April 11th. For more details, kindly contact Dr Patrice Djamen.