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

Nouveaux enjeux du conseil agricole en Afrique

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. Les formes, les acteurs et les modes de gouvernance du conseil agricole ont largement évolué, notamment pour faire face à l’insuffisance des dispositifs étatiques, et ce dans un contexte de tensions autour des ressources financières dédiées au conseil agricole.

Ce bulletin de veille spécial Conseil Agricole d’Inter-réseaux propose une série de références bibliographiques qui rendent compte de ces transformations et des nouveaux enjeux du conseil agricole en Afrique. Il est accessible ici

 

 

 

THE 4th AFRICA-WIDE AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION WEEK 2019, 25th – 29th November, 2019, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

The African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) is organizing, in partnership with the West and Central Africa Network of Agricultural and Rural Advisory Services (RESCAR-AOC), the National Agency for Rural Development (ANADER) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Cote d’Ivoire, the 4th Africa-Wide Agricultural Extension Week back to back with the continental Agricultural and Animal Resources Fair (SARA) under the theme “Private Sector and Agricultural Advisory Services: What Synergies for Sustainable Agricultural Development in Africa” from 25th to 29th November 2019 in Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire).

The AFAAS Africa Wide Agricultural Extension Week (AEW) is an international event that brings together averagely 600 participants from across Africa and the World to take stock on a strategic theme for a better contribution of agricultural extension and advisory to sustainable development in Africa. Its purpose is to facilitate processes for improving the use of knowledge, technologies and innovations by agricultural value chain actors to achieve their individual and national development goals.
The context of the 4th AEW is characterized by growing efforts at national, regional and international levels to make agriculture in Africa more productive, profitable and sustainable. This transformation expected to lead to increased technical, economic and environmental performances of agricultural value chains entails a paradigm and operational shift from farming for subsistence to farming for business i.e. sustainable wealth creation.
The theme of the event is: “Private Sector and Agricultural Advisory Services: What Synergies for Sustainable Agricultural Development in Africa”.

Goal of the event:   Diverse value chain actors including policy makers, youth, women, and other key AEAS professionals develop strategies for navigating round the knowledge barriers preventing AEAS from effectively supporting the engagement of the private sector in sustainable agricultural development in Africa.

Objectives of the event: 

  1. To deepen the understanding of the roles of AEAS in creating synergies between the private sector and rural farmers
  2. To facilitate continued professional networking and learning of AEAS actors in Africa
  3. To enhance the knowledge base on how AEAS can promote agripreneurship by the youth and women in agricultural commodity value chain
  4. To develop capacities for Agripreneurship and Value Chains development in Africa
  5. Outline strategies to enhance efficiency and sustainability of private sector – AEAS platforms

Further and updated information on the event will be released frequently from end of April 2019.

2019 GFRAS Annual Meeting, 30th September-4th October 2019, Jamaica

Save the date! The 10th GFRAS Annual Meeting, whose topic is « Role of RAS in Climate Change & Disaster Risk Management » will take place in Jamaica between 30 September and 4 October, and registration for the event will open soon, at the end of April. The concept note will also be available then. Side Events are planned to take place on September 30th, the main meeting between October 1-3, and a General Assembly on October 4th.

more information on www.g-fras.org

 

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