Title : AFAAS Strategic 2018-27

Author: AFAAS
Date of publication: 2020
Language: English
Country of origin: –
Number of pages: 26
Target Audience: –



Summary :

The African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) is the continental African body that brings agricultural extension and advisory services (AEAS)1 stakeholders under one umbrella. It embraces both public and private actors who have a stake in AEAS along the agricultural value chain – not just the providers of AEAS. AFAAS developed its first Strategy and Operational Plan (combined in one document referred to as the Strategic Plan) for the period 2011 – 2017 whose implementation was concluded. This is AFAAS second strategy (hereafter referred to as the new strategy) developed for the ten year period from 2018-2027. Its preparation was informed by internal consultations within the AFAAS Secretariat and analysis of the results of a survey that was sent through AFAAS networks and partners. There were 107 respondents (24% female) from 28 countries (24 from Africa). The majority of the respondents (81%) were operating at national level and embraced diverse domains of work that included public and private sector AEAS providers, agricultural support services, non-government organisations (NGO), agricultural research, higher education, farmers’ organisations, and civil society.

The ground for the new strategy is set by presenting an overview of AFAAS (Section 2), the development challenges that it is likely to face in the period of its implementation (Section 3) and the stakeholders’ perspectives on the future of AFAAS (Section 4). These are used as the foundations for articulating the strategic orientation of AFAAS for 2018 -2027 (Section 5). Subsequently, the pillars that shall anchor the operationalisation of the new strategy are outlined with its objectives, sub-strategies and key performance indicators (Section 6). A more detailed discussion is given to the strategic aspects of the implementation arrangements, sustainability mechanisms, risk management and, finally, operational planning and budgeting (Sections 7 to 11 respectively).