The AFAAS and the South African Society for Agricultural Extension (SASAE) together with Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) will be organising the 3rd AEW conference on the theme of “Scaling up Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA): integrating youth, women, and the digital revolution”. The theme was selected by the AFAAS Board and stakeholders in recognition of the negative impact of climate change on the right to and access of productive resources (finance, land, water and assets) by the most vulnerable populations, specifically the youth and women. In this respect, there is need to actively boost an inclusive access of information, knowledge, technologies and innovations to rural farmers in order to enhance their utilisation of productive resources for improved livelihoods. Additionally, integrating CSA as an approach that can help to guide actions needed by the most vulnerable groups to transform and reorient their agricultural practices to effectively support development and ensure food security in a changing climate, will further help reduce their vulnerability. Hence the AEAS have to reorient and re-equip themselves to be able to provide vulnerable farmers, especially women and youth, and other actors in agricultural innovation systems with the knowledge and technologies they need to identify and deploy agricultural strategies and practices suitable to their local conditions. Specifically the AEW will focus on the following sub-themes: (i). Integrating Youth and Women in CSA (ii) Scaling up ICT innovations for CSA (iii) Scalable CSA technologies and innovations (iv) Capacity development for scaling up CSA Innovations (v) Knowledge Management and ICT tools for CSA, and (vi) CSA Innovations for entrepreneurship. Giving the focus on integrating youth and women, this proposal falls under the strategic direction one of IFAD strategy. In particular, sub-themes (iii), (iv), (v) and (vi) of the Extension Week will be inclusive of experiences, practices and tools that strengthen the capacities of, and empowers the vulnerable groups to access and productively use available resources, and especially in light of climate change. Additionally, the focus on ICT tools makes this proposal event more relevant and a very useful means to improve AEAS capacities, widen their knowledge base; and to support value chain development and access to productive resources and information, including weather forecasting, market information, agricultural financing and other tools and information sources. The themes that will be addressed at the AEW are relevant for Rural Inclusiveness – as gender and youth are integral in Rural Transformation. ICT for Development and development of rural entrepreneurship are themes that will be central to the event.
The Africa-Wide third AEW is scheduled to run from 30th October to 3rd November 2017 in Durban, South Africa. The Government of the Republic of South Africa (RSA), through its Ministry and Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries together with the South African Society for Agricultural Extension are the main partners, organisers and hosts of this noble event.
See more on