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AFAAS Knowledge Management Champions 2022 Awarded; Determined to Reach the Last Mile

The CAADP-XP4 Consortium through the leadership of Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa(FARA), with funding from the European Union  jointly and successfully  held the Knowledge Management for Agricultural Development (KM4AgD) Conference 2022 edition  from 14th to 16th September 2022 at Alisa Hotel, in Accra, Ghana. The conference themed Strengthening the African Knowledge Ecosystem for achieving & Sustaining …

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Can we Innovative and Double Efforts in Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services (AEAS) to Transform African Agriculture?

Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services (AEAS) are an indispensable enabler for agriculture led equitable prosperity (economic), stewardship (environment), and wellness (health) through the many and expanding roles AEAS play all over the world. The roles include farmer organization, market linkage, technology and practice promotion, stakeholder network development, while addressing persistent as well as emerging issues …

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Agroecological block, a promising ecological solution in Southern Madagascar

The Agro-ecological Technical Center of the South (CTAS) has developed agro-ecological regions in Southern Madagascar to promote sustainable food production in semi-arid areas. An agro-ecological block is a physical and biological development block (in a single piece), with an initial minimum area of 10 hectares used for r nutritional, productive and environmental purposes. An agro-ecological …

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Resources and reflections from Uganda’s first Virtual Agricultural Extension Symposium

How can agricultural extension and advisory services (AEAS) be positioned for resilient agriculture and food systems?  This was the discussion at Uganda’s third Agricultural extension Symposium.  The event which brought together a community of researchers, practitioners and policymakers from Uganda and beyond took place on 10-20th July 2020, at a time when most countries were …

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Does the coronavirus pandemic accentuate the need to digitize Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services (AEAS) in Madagascar?

The health crisis linked to the coronavirus has turned the world upside down. No sector of activity was spared like agriculture, and more specifically AEAS activities. That’s why FCA Madagascar (1), Forum du Conseil Agricole Madagascar or Agricultural Council Forum Madagascar, conducted a small survey among its members in order to identify possible solutions and …

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Digital disruption opportunities in invigorating extension and advisory services​

There is growing evidence on how digital disruptions could transform agriculture service provision including extension. Digitally-enabled advisory services could significantly change its delivery in Africa, facilitating extensive and timely information delivery. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, digital platforms have taken a critical role in facilitating information, goods and service delivery. It is thus …

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How the Nigerian Forum For Agricultural Advisory Service is Adjusting to the New Normal

NIFAAS Seizes Opportunities in ICTs to Build Capacity of Members Nigeria has not been spared from the general economic meltdown and social lockdown imposed by the global pandemic of Covid-19. As at 31st July 2020, the country has recorded 43,151 confirmed cases of the virus, with 879 deaths. Consequently, all schools and government institutions are …

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Incentivising Outstanding Performance in Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services

Date: 30 November 2019 The South African government established the National Extension and Advisory Services Awards (NEASA) led by the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development in recognition of excellent service in the agricultural sector. The NEASA was launched in 2017 during the 3rd Africa Wide Agricultural Extension Week (AEW) held in Durban, …

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UFAAS organizes Africa’s first e-Agricultural Extension Symposium: Minister launches an e-registration process for agricultural extension workers

UFAAS CEO (Front Centre), The Minister of Agriculture (Back centre) and the team after the Launch of the e-Agricultural Extension Symposium 2020. (Photo: UFAAS) The Uganda Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (UFAAS), The African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) in partnership with the Ministry of Agricultural Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) and other partners …

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Recommendations for AEAS actors in the context of COVID-19

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has put unprecedented strain on social and economic life, with adverse effects on food security as one of the most worrisome fallout. It has put unprecedented strain on access to critical agricultural inputs, movement of man and materials, availability of production and harvesting manpower, access to markets and other necessary services. …

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Experience of AFAAS in applying the CDAIS tool

By Samson Eshetu (PhD), AFAAS Capacity and Institutional Development Specialist The EU initiative on the Development of Smart Innovation through Research in Agriculture (DeSIRA) intends to boost the transformation of innovation in agriculture and food systems in partner countries and make them more resilient to climate change and better respond to development demands. The objective …

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Dealing with emerging issue of COVID 19; underlying global food insecurity

By Silvia Muburu CIKM facilitator, KeFAAS Food security and economic crisis have highlighted both the urgent need and potential for developing sustainable agricultural systems. Nearly one billion people – one out of nine globally – lack access to adequate food and nutrition. It is envisioned by 2050 the global population will surpass 9 billion people, …

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