Title : Revised Human Resources Manual for AFAAS Secretariat

Author: AFAAS
Date of publication: June 2011
Language: English
Country of origin: –
Number of pages: 80
Target Audience: –



Summary :

The African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) is the continental African body that brings agricultural extension and advisory services (AEAS) 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. It is a platform for developing more innovative approaches aimed at improving the delivery of AEAS and their responsiveness to user demands. It operates within the framework of the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP).

The AFAAS was initially formed as the Sub-Saharan African (SSA) Network on Agricultural Advisory Services (SSANAAS). The SSANAAS was created at the 1st Regional Networking Symposium on Innovations in AAS, held in Kampala, Uganda 11 -14 October 2004. The initial member countries were Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.

A second symposium was held from 24th to 27th September 2006 in Kampala. It brought together additional African countries – Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Zambia – to make a total of fourteen African countries. At this symposium it was decided that the network should go beyond SSA and embrace the whole of Africa. This necessitated the change of the name to the African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS).

The main purpose of AFAAS is to enable Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services to have sufficient capacity to effectively support value chain actors towards increasing agricultural productivity and food security in a sustainable manner. This purpose implies that AFAAS shall, at the first level, be adjudged as having had impact if the competences of agricultural advisory services providers are enhanced in a direction that enables them to better address the needs and demands of various value chain actors.