African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services


 Uganda’s agricultural extension face challenges like fake inputs, climate change, limited market information, gender related issues and the higher numbers of extension to farmer ratio. The departure from the non-conventional agriculture to more digital agriculture led to the existence of digital connection for the farming communities where the last mile is the main target group to benefit since it provide faster solutions to the problems faced through providing extension services and agricultural inputs digitally.

The purpose of this dialogue was to deliberate on district policy environment for innovation Platforms activities and the delivery of digitalized agricultural Extension Services issues, so as to inform both policy and practice with regard to implementation of the AIRTEA Digital Connectors for farming communities. The main objectives were to highlight the importance of digitalizing AEAS and its central role in the development of farming communities at district, present the current policies and how they impact / support digitalization of AEAS, identify key policy recommendations relevant to digitalization, discuss the current capacities (gaps and needs) of the different categories of extension actors and farmers and come up with recommendations for effective District digital AEAS delivery in the district. The digital connectors provide services like areas like provision of quick quality inputs, provision of digital advisory services at a fee, provision of finance and whether information, agricultural Insurance, digital Packaging Solutions for agricultural produce, advisory information and market place for rabbit farmers, irrigation Management