In 2011, the International Conference on innovation in extension and advisory services looked at current policies, practice and learnings from current and past reforms in the area. The aim was to build a coalition moving towards addressing the future needs of small-holder farmers, marginalised communities, women and youth.
Following the conference, CTA commissioned six case studies on extension and advisory services in a number of ACP countries including Jamaica and Malawi.
Alongside these and other activities in this area conducted by CTA, a group of scholars, Africa Extension Reform Group (AERG), also carried out a study to better understand the bottlenecks and make a strong case for an alternative approach to extension programming, organisation and practice in Africa.
Taking all the various initiatives into consideration, CTA is hosting a Policy Learning and Planning Workshop/Writeshop for improving the effectiveness of extension and advisory services.
Extension experts from around the ACP region will draw on knowledge gained from the earlier activities to provide a synthesis report and policy brief on policy learning for improving effectiveness of extension and advisory services. In addition they will devise a case study methodology for identifying and evaluating best practices in capacity building and the delivery of efficient and effective extension and advisory services. The group also aim to arrive at a consensus on setting up an ACP extension experts working group.
For more information contact Judith Francis, Senior Programme Coordinator for Science & Technology Policy email@example.com.