Call for papers and posters
The 4th AFAAS AEW will be held in Abidjan (Cote 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 and sustainable development. Agricultural Extension and Advisory services and Private sector amongst other actors have a key role to play for the achievement of this transformation.
The potential added-value and mutual benefits of enhanced synergies between Private sector and AEAS are huge, and necessary for achieving sustainable agricultural development. However, in most places in Africa, the collaboration between AEAS and private sector is still weak, erratic and informal more often, occurring generally in the frameworks of projects. The 4th AEW intends to contribute to filling this gap and explore efficient strategies and modalities for fostering and harnessing synergies between AEAS and private sector in the framework of agricultural transformation.
Terms of participation.
Participants of AFAAS Extension Week include: AEAS providers from public (Ministry of Agriculture officials especially Directors of Extension from AFAAS member and non-member countries), Farmer based organisations, farmers, fishermen/folks, Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs)as well as institutions and programmes actively involved in Agricultural and Rural Development. Private sectors3 (e.g. Telecommunications companies, agro-processors etc.)
The African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) is inviting individuals and organizations to prepare proposals or abstracts of papers or posters on topics related to the central theme of the conference or any of the below related sub-themes:
Addressing new demands for AEAS, ensuring fruitful private sector – farmers synergies for post-harvest management and value addition of agricultural products;
Professionalizing AEAS for successful rural youth and women agripreneurship;
Strengthening Private sector and AEAS collaborations for the development of smart farming;
Improving efficiency of social investments in rural sector through enhanced involvement of AEAS;
Building efficient and sustainable frameworks for partnerships between Private sector and AEAS.