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BIO4Africa report outlines inclusive and sustainable bio-based business models for rural Africa

Field testing of bio-based technologies is underway at the BIO4Africa test sites in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal and Uganda. Now attention has turned to the inclusive and sustainable business models that will secure the technologies’ long-term contribution to food and nutritional security and incomes across rural Africa. AFAAS presents the outline for the business models …

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Rwanda Agriculture Extension model, a successful case of farmer field school institutionalisation in Eastern Africa

Rwanda is a small country with 26 338 km² and arable land estimated to 48% of its total area (FAO, 2016). Its population is estimated to 12,952,209 people (UN, 2019) and the majority of its rural households derive their income mainly from agricultural activities. As other countries of  Eastern Africa, Rwanda has experienced the use …

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Making our knowledge travel – A new African Union, CAADP-XP4, and CGIAR partnership framework for Knowledge Management

Key African institutions and CGIAR have drafted a new agriculture-for-development knowledge management (KM) framework for Africa to enhance research (and extension) collaboration that transforms and sustains food, land and water systems. The framework was co-designed by staff from staff of the CAADP-XP4 partnership including African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS), Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and …

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Gender integration in AFAAS policy in the framework of CAADP

A recent desk study assesses the aim for, and extent of, gender integration in policy documents of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), the Framework for African Agricultural Productivity (FAAP) and the African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS). It proposes recommendations to strengthen gender integration in AFAAS documents to enhance the attainment of …

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Digital Connectors for farming communities selected for ACP AIRTEA Funding

AFAAS’s Digital Connectors for farming communities was among eleven (11) Third-Party Projects selected for the ACP AIRTEA Third-Party funding under the project “Strengthening Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Ecosystem for Inclusive Rural Transformation and Livelihoods in Eastern Africa” (AIRTEA). The AIRTEA project is coordinated by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), together with the Association …

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Tapping into Sustainable Land Management resource portal to enhance Extension

Digitalisation of Agricultural Extension and Advisory Service in Africa is a new trend supported by the AFAAS since the year 2020. The adoption and promotion of digital tools and platforms has not only been mandatory because of the COVID-19, but also because AFAAS intends to be more effective and efficient in reaching and empowering a …

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Closing the AEAS capacity gap

Background  The African Forum for Advisory Services (AFAAS) hired a consultant, Myra Wopereis-Pura to conduct a capacity gap assessment and consequently propose a development plan to strengthen the capacities of agricultural extension and advisory service providers (AEAS). This was in line with the AFAAS Strategic plan 2018-2027 and component three of the CAADP XP4 Program. …

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Agricultural Massive Open Online Courses (AgMOOCs) for Extension Workers in Africa

Rapid advances in global knowledge economy are increasing the complexity of the challenge on least skilled workforce in Africa because the workforce requirements demand for innovativeness, flexibility and adaptiveness. In fact, the Fourth Industrial Revolution is creating unprecedented disruptions with the dramatic evolution of technological trends that are reshaping lives for millions of people around …

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CAADP XP4 PROJECT

African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) is a Continental body that brings National Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services (AEAS) under one umbrella. The AFAAS’ goal is to enhance utilization of improved knowledge, technologies and innovations by agricultural value chain actors for improving productivity oriented towards their individual and national development objectives. AFAAS Operational Plan …

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New promising projects starting in 2020

  Facilitating advancement of AEAS is one of the Pillars of AFAAS, with one of the key objectives being leveraging partnerships and projects for advancement of AEAS. Based on this, AFAAS has proactively engaged with several partners, a result of which a number of collaborative projects, key among which are  stated below,  have been approved …

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Last Mile Programme

Agricultural advisory services across continents are facing technical, social, environmental and climate change challenges. According to experts, new market-based mechanisms are required to ensure pluralism in rural advisory services (RAS) delivery based on demand. One of the key findings resulting from the institutional assessment conducted within the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) network, revealed the …

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SERVInnov

Who we are Strengthening innovation support Services to enhance Innovations (SERVInnov) is 3 year Project, aimed at strengthening innovation support services (ISS) to enhance innovations for sustainable food production, ensuring the well-being of rural populations, and reducing environmental degradation and resource depletion. SERVInnov is a consortium of 10 partners and 01 associated partner from 5 …

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