The 4thAFAAS AEW will be held in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) back to back with the continental Agricultural and Animal Resources Fair (SARA) under the theme “Private Sector and Agricultural Advisory Services: What Synergies for Sustainable Agricultural Development in Africa”. The context of the 4th AEW is characterized by growing efforts at national, regional and international levels to make agriculture in Africa more productive, profitable and sustainable. This transformation expected to lead to increased technical, economic and environmental performances of agricultural value chains entails a paradigm and operational shift from farming for subsistence to farming for business i.e. sustainable wealth creation. Agricultural Extension and Advisory services and Private sector amongst other actors have a key role to play for the achievement of this transformation.
The AFAAS Africa Wide Agricultural Extension Week (AEW) is an international event that brings together averagely 600 participants from across Africa and the World to take stock on a strategic theme for a better contribution of agricultural extension and advisory to sustainable development in Africa. Its purpose is to facilitate processes for improving the use of knowledge, technologies and innovations by agricultural value chain actors to achieve their individual and national development goals. Beyond thematic debates, the AFAAS AEW is a unique venue for sharing experiences and learning between professionals from different backgrounds, strengthening interactions with policy makers and investors and developing fruitful partnerships. The AFAAS AEW is also meant to discuss new developments, emerging needs in capacity development and defining new directions in agricultural extension and advisory services for the coming years. It is held biennially, and so far, three AEWs have been organised. The 1st 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 2nd one took place 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 3rd AEW was held in Durban South Africa from 30th October to 3rd November 2017, under the theme “Scaling up climate smart agriculture: integrating youth, women, and the digital revolution”.