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

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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

13th – 15th Dec. 2017: Developing Capacities of Public Agricultural Advisory Services

 

The objective of this workshop is to facilitate the development of robust strategies to enable public agricultural and rural advisory services (P-ARAS) improve their knowledge management systems by better mobilizing the potential of ICT to address the challenge of scaling up agricultural entrepreneurship and climate-smart agriculture (ACI). This achievement is necessary to increase the contribution of P-ARAS to sustainable development in West and Central Africa.

The workshop is part of effort for the operationalization of results of recent reflections at held at national, regional and continental levels on the role of agricultural advisory services to facilitate innovation processes for an agriculture with higher performances at  technical, economic and environmental levels. It will be held from 13th  to 15th December 2017 in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire). It is organized by the West and Central African Network of Agricultural Advisory Services (RESCAR-AOC) in partnership with the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS), the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and the National Agency for Rural Development (ANADER) of Côte d’Ivoire.

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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