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Policy dialogue to strengthen agricultural Extension and advisory services in Africa

Group photo of participants at the Policy Dialogue

The East Africa Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services Policy Dialogue took place under the theme, "Towards enabling policies for the 'New Extensionist" from 16 to 18 June 2015 in Kampala, Uganda. The official launch was made by Hon. Tress Buchanayandi, Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries of Uganda in the presence of Dr. Silim Nahdy, Executive Director of AFAAS, Dr. Kristin Davis, Executive Secretary of GFRAS and Christian Koenigsperger from GIZ.   Read more

published: 2015-06-19

Kenya CF formed and officially launched

 Kenya Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (KEFAAS) is one of AFAAS country chapter across Africa. Its formation involved 2 day (20-21 May 2015) stakeholders workshop followed by a high level launch function on the third day (22 May 2015) at Nyeri Wambugu ATC. AFAAS was represented at this event by Max Olupot, Technical Assistant of the Executive Director, in charge of Partnership.

This event was the occasion to bring together farmers; extension workers; research institutions; academic institutions; farmer organizations; community based organizations; pastoralists; fisher folk; financial institutions; faith based organizations; agro-input dealers; non-governmental organizations.

KEFAAS objectives are:

  • Establish Fora for sharing information among stakeholders in the agriculture sector;
  • Identify national, regional and international best practice and standards in extension service delivery and design interventions to adopt them;
  • Highlighting innovations in service delivery;
  • Identify and support strategies of harmonizing extension service delivery;
  • Enhance synergy in strategies, programs and projects within the sector for purposes of coordination and harmony.

As other Country Fora, KEFAAS aims to strengthen Agricultural Advisory Services through interactive learning and improved knowledge exchange in Kenya.

published: 2015-05-28

AFAAS signed the MoU with Ghana CF and MOFA

Family photo of participants attending the National Agricultural Extension Policy Review Forum

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed between AFAAS, Ghana Country Forum and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) during the National Agricultural Extension Policy Review Forum held in Accra from May 05-14, 2015.

The Forum was convened by the Directorate of Agricultural Extension Services (DAES) of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), in collaboration with the Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services (MEAS) Project and the USAID/Ghana Feed the Future Agriculture Policy Support Project (APSP). The purpose of the Forum was to promote policy dialogue and conduct a stakeholder review of Ghana’s existing agricultural extension policy and its implementation. Results of the Forum will be used to inform the Government of Ghana and other stakeholders involved in policy decision-making and advocacy efforts.   

published: 2015-05-20

World Bank supervision mission to AFAAS

Field trip in the farm with the World Bank team at Zirobwe

A World Bank team undertook a supervision support mission to AFAAS from 27-29 April 2015. The overall objective of the mission was to review the implementation progress of the Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) and any operational issues since the last mission in November 2014. Part of the activities was a field trip to the Zirobwe Agaliawamu Agribusiness Training Centre (ZAPTA) in Zirobwe. The World Bank team consisted of Willem Janssen (Task Team Leader) Bremala Nathan (Operations Officer), Tekola Dejene (Lead Consultant) and Joel Byaruhanga (FM Consultant based in Kampala). The mission was joined by Patrick Seruyange, the project representative of the European Commission’s Uganda Delegation. Dr. Silim Nahdy, the AFAAS Executive Director who was accompanied by AFAAS Secretariat staff. 

PROIntensAfrica launched in Accra

Group photo of PROIntensAfrica Consortium Members at the kick-off meeting

The kick-off of PROIntensAfrica held at FARA Secretariat in Accra, Ghana from 21 to 23 April 2015.PROIntensAfrica is a partnership initiative between Africa and Europe on the issues of sustainable intensification of Agriculture. The project currently involves 23 research and development organization. 15 are drawn from Europe and 8 from Africa. AFAAS is one of the African organizations taking part in PROIntensAfrica.   Read more

AFAAS Africa Wide Agricultural Extension Week 2015

The second Africa Wide Agricultural Extension Week will take place from 05-10 October 2015, in Desalegn Hotel, Addis Ababa Ethiopia under the theme. “Reinvigorating Extension Services for Market-led Agriculture within the context of the Malabo declaration”. The event is expected to bring together agricultural extension and advisory services practitioners and other agricultural value chain actors across and outside Africa. This edition is hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.    

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AFAAS signed a MOU with AUC

H.E. Mrs Tumusiime Rhoda Peace and Dr Silim Nahdy signing the MOU

Addis Ababa 13th April 2015

The African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the African Union Commission-Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture (AUC-DREA).  Read More

published: 2015-04-17

Workshop for the formalization of the West and Central Africa Network of Agricultural and Rural Advisory Services (RESCAR-AOC)

Group photo at the opening ceremony of the RESCAR-AOC workshop

The workshop for the formalization of the West and Central Africa Network of Agricultural and Rural Advisory Services (RESCAR-AOC) started today at Ivotel in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. This is three days’ workshop from 18th - 20th February 2015. It is attended by 54 participants working on extension and advisory services coming from western and central Africa countries, development partners, regional networks, Country Fora, ANADERCORAF, AFAAS, and GFRAS.    Read more

The AFAAS 12th Board Meeting, 24 November 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa

Group Photo of AFAAS Board Members and staff at the end of the board meeting 

World Bank Support Supervision Mission to AFAAS

AFAAS Secretariat staff and Dr.Tekola Dejene from WB during their session. 

Conducted by Ms. Brem Nathan and Dr.Tekola Dejene from the World Bank, the main objective of this mission was to review progress in implementation of AFAAS Strategic Plan 2011-2015. The specific objectives were: i) review the implementation of AFAAS Annual Workplan & Budget, Procurement Plan 2014, ii) provide technical support to AFAAS Secretariat in finalizing the WP & Budget, Procurement Plan and Training Plan 2015, iii) review key legal documentation (AFAAS grant guidelines, Grant Agreement, standard conditions, disbursement letter, MDTF Launch Aide memoire etc.) and iv) discuss joint monitoring and evaluation (role of FARA, GFRAS). The mission took place at AFAAS Secretariat  in Kampala, Uganda from 12th -13th November 2014.

UFAAS National Annual AEAS Stakesholder's Workshop

Group Photo at the opening ceremony of the UFAAS National Annual AEAS Stakeholder's Workshop, 29Oct. 2014-Kampala, Uganda

This workshop held in Kampala, Uganda from 29th to 30th 2014 under the theme : "Uganda’s Agriculture at Crossroads: Critical issues in the Extension and Advisory Services (AEAS) System".  The main purpose of the workshop was to bring together a broad range of actors to take stock of the current critical issues affecting Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services (AEAS) in Uganda. UFAAS needs to continuously advocate for the value and relevance of AEAS and also continuously build the capacity of its members to be up to date with the emerging issues and approaches. It is also imperative that UFAAS initiates the process of setting standards for the extension and advisory services in Uganda and advocates for their adoption by MAAIF which has the mandate for this function.

Review of the progress in implementation of the AFAAS Strategy and Medium Term Operational Plan (MTOP) workshop

Group photo at the opening ceremony of the AFAAS Review Workshop, 14Oct. 2014-Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

First follow up meeting on IAR4D Institutionalisation in Uganda

Members of the committee in discussion

Kampala, 18 September 2014

At the end of the Training on Enhancing the Capacity to Implement IAR4D Concept for AFAAS Members and NARS in Uganda, held in Kampala from 9th to 12th September 2014, a National Committee in charge to take forward action on IAR4D Institutionalisation in Uganda was formed. The first meeting of that Committee took place yesterday (18th September 2014) at AFAAS Secretariat in Kampala. This Committee is formed by members from AFAAS, UFAAS, NARO, NAADS and CIAT (Humidity Tropics). Additional members are proposed to be brought on Board. The outcomes of this first meeting are the following: task force set up, TOR drafted, Committee settled, Action Plan (September-December 2014) drafted.

Training on Enhancing the Capacity to Implement IAR4D Concept for AFAAS Members and NARS in Uganda

Group photo at the opening Ceremony of the Enhancing the Capacity to Implement IAR4D training for AFAAS Members and NARS, Kampala, Uganda- 9th  Sept.2014 


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Given that...

  • Most Africans still live in rural areas and are largely dependent on subsistence agriculture

  • Most African economies are also greatly dependent on agriculture

... it is logical to conclude that improved agricultural performance will:

  • Uplift both physical and economic access to food

  • Raise the purchasing power of households

  • Generate investment

UPCOMING EVENTS

AFAAS- Africa Wide Agricultural Extension Week 2015

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When 5 to 10 Oct 2015
Where Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
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published: 2014-09-24

OPPORTUNITY

Consultancy to Develop AFAAS Gender Mainstreaming Strategy 

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