In July 2014, a meeting of national AEAS stakeholders in Liberia was held under the sponsorship of AFAAS whereby the Liberia Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (“LIFAAS”) was officially launched andduring which time an “Interim Steering Committee” (ISC) comprising of 9 (nine) persons was constituted. Members of the ISC include farmer’s organization, public, private, academic and research institutions and the NGOs community.
The forum has currently 73 members from public, private, academia, research, NGOs, and farmers organization,
Progress/activities so far have included the following:
Two (2) Interim Steering Committee (ISC) meetings (January 22 and February 6, 2015)
Election conducted for ISC Chairman and Vice Chairman (at January 22, 2015 meeting). This was preceded by a summarized 4-point criteria recommended for election of ISC chair and co-chair:
Formulation and finalization of a Term of Reference for the ISC
Endorsement and signing of TOR by 7 ISC members out of 9 members (those present at meeting of February 6, 2015.
Finalized draft report of July 3, 2014 stakeholders meeting completed awaiting printing.
The immediate activities/priorities
Develop proposal to get financial support from IFAD and other donors
Validate constitution and bylaws
Elect officials to CF
Develop strategic plan
Suprot for 2 persons to participate in AFAAS in AFAAS week in Ethiopia
Support to compile data base of extension service providers in Liberia
Support to develop implementation strategy of the extension policy.