The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries launched on Thursday 21st September, 2017 the Guidelines, Standards, Code of Ethics and Process for Registration and Accreditation of Extension Service Providers in Uganda. The event took place at Protea Hotel in Kampala and was graced by the State Minister for Animal Industry, Hon. Joy Kabatsi.
The 3 documents presented are the result of consultations between MAAIF and national and international actors operating in the agricultural extension and advisory services. Among those actors, the Uganda Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (UFAAS), a country chapter for the African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) had been mandated by MAAIF to develop the Guidelines, Standards, Code of Ethics and Process for Registration and Accreditation of Extension workers. The documents were developed through a consultative and participatory process involving a wide range of stakeholders from the private and public sectors.
In 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, formulated the National Agricultural Extension Policy (NAEP) which was approved by Cabinet on October 2016. The policy envisions a pluralistic delivery system with multiple providers. To ensure that the wide range of agricultural extension service providers offer quality service to farmers and other beneficiaries, NAEP provided for the development guidelines and standards to guide and regulate the players.
The process for registration and accreditation of Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services (AEAS) is part of the strategy aimed at establishing a high quality, well-coordinated and harmonized pluralistic agricultural extension delivery system for sustainable development. Its aim is to promote professionalism, accountability and ethical conduct among the actors for increased efficiency and effectiveness of the agricultural extension system in Uganda.