Title : Proceeding of the 2017 Joint Conference
Date of publication: November 2017
Country of origin: –
Number of pages: 447
Target Audience: –
The African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) is a continental body that brings National Agricultural Extension & Advisory Services (AEAS) actors under one umbrella. The AFAAS’ goal is to enhance utilisation of improved knowledge, technologies and innovations by agricultural value chain actors for improving productivity oriented towards their individual and national development objectives. AEAS is a key component of the innovation system, playing a pivotal role in promoting productivity, increasing food security, strengthening rural communities, and underpinning agriculture as the engine for pro-poor economic growth. AEAS is one of the key pillars for transforming rural livelihoods and contributing to Africa’s agenda 2063. AFAAS upholds the 2014 Malabo Declaration and the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), whose Monitoring and Evaluation Framework is overarching for the CAADP institutions.
One of the main mechanisms that AFAAS has used for pursuing its mission is by promoting lesson learning, sharing of information and increased professional interaction through the “Agricultural Extension Week” (AEW) events. The AEW is a key mechanism for AFAAS to pursue its mission and capitalises on in order to reach its stakeholders and delivering results. This mechanism was demanded and identified by AEAS stakeholders in Africa as a tool to bring together AEAS stakeholders from all African countries to focus on topical issues that need concerted actions, including technology and innovation adaptation and scaling up and out, policy advocacy, promoting lesson learning, sharing information on good practices and increased professional interaction – especially to influence AEAS policies and programming in Africa. The AEW is held biennially, and so far, two AEWs have been held. The first AEW was held in August 2013 in Gaborone, Botswana, focusing on “Value chain approach in agricultural development: Coping with new demands for agricultural advisory services”. The second one was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in October 2015 under the theme: “Reinvigorating extension services for market-led agriculture within the context of the Malabo Declaration”. The third, and currently outlined, AEW was held in Durban, South Africa, from 30 October to 3 November 2017.