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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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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