African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services

AFAAS HISTORY

The African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) was initially formed as the Sub-Saharan African 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 24-27 September 2006 in Kampala. It brought together the additional African countries of Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Zambia; this brought the total of participating member African countries to fourteen.

MISSION

To promote professionalization and participatory lesson learning, strengthen capacities, enhance visibility and influence, facilitate and enhance effective and continuous knowledge generation and information exchange, and add value to initiatives in agricultural extension and advisory services through advocacy, skilling, sharing of experiences and information, and increased professional interaction.

VISION

Agricultural extension and advisory services that effectively and efficiently contribute to sustained productivity, profitability and inclusive growth of agriculture for food, nutrition and income security, job and wealth creation in Africa.

GOAL

Enhanced utilization of improved knowledge and innovations by agricultural value chain actors for improving productivity oriented towards their individual and national development objectives.

MANDATE

Implement the Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services aspects of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)- An Africa-Owned and Africa-led initiative through which interventions to transform agriculture are coordinated.

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