The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) shut down its activities in December 2020 at the end of its mandate. The administrative closure of the Centre was completed in November 2021.

Joint Impact Assessment of CTA’s support to ANAFE

The African Network for Agriculture, Agroforestry and Natural Resources Education (ANAFE) as a key partner of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) was involved in the joint Capacity-centred Impact Pathway (CcIPA) study initiated in October 2012.The CcIPA had four phases: 1. planning phase (October 2012 to March, 2013); 2. quick scan and mid-term review phase (April to July, 2013); 3. in-depth study phase (August to November, 2013); and 4. the follow up phase (DATES MISSING). In this in-depth study, ANAFE explored the effects of CTA supported activities in four study areas: effect of short skills enhancement training that was technically and financially supported by CTA; effect of participation in CTA sponsored conferences and meeting; joint implementation of activities with CTA; and effectiveness of information disseminated and improved capability to relate. Due to the geographic spread of the network throughout sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), equal numbers of institutions were sampled from the ANAFE focus regions of Southern Africa, Eastern and Central Africa, Africa Humid Tropics and Sahel regions. Purposive sampling of respondents was carried out to find more in-depth responses on each of the four study areas. Key questions were asked on what changes resulted from participating in events, the process through which change occurred and the challenges faced in causing the desired change, and recommendations to increase the effectiveness of these activities. Results from the quick scan also beefed up the responses.In the past 10 years, CTA has provided training for ANAFE secretariat staff and lecturers from its member institution on a number of topics, e.g. M&E, proposal development, value chain analysis, agricultural science and technology innovation, food security, and Web 2.0 tools. Approximately 135 lecturers and three secretariat staff attended training workshops. Participants valued them and noted that the workshops improved their proposal writing, M&E and project management, making their work much easier. These training workshops have filled a significant gap so needed to be run on a continuous basis.
The nomination of ANAFE’s executive secretary to the CTA International Advisory Committee for Science and Technology (from 2005 to 2012), boosted her leadership skills and contributed enormously in increasing the visibility of ANAFE through networking and participation in various international CTA events. Other CTA programmes that have increased ANAFE visibility in the international arena include the Women Science Competion, the Young Scientist compettion and Agriculture Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society (ARDYIS).CTA provided support for a total of 35 lecturers from Tertiary Agricultural Education (TAE) institutions to attend the 2003 and 2007 ANAFE symposia on Improving Agriculture and Natural Resources Education, and Mainstreaming Climate Change into Agricultural and Natural Resources Management Education: Tools, Experiences and Challenges. These symposia attracted 223 educators, policymakers, farmers, enterprise developers, natural resource managers, researchers and development workers. Proceedings and books were produced from the symposia. Respondents appreciated the guidance they received in producing scientific publications and noted that this is helping them guide students and contribute to their peer’s research activities. Respondents felt that it was important to devote some time during the symposium to the development of networking - the key tenets and how to sustain networks.CTA used ANAFE channels to disseminate their products. They also used such gatherings to collate their databases so that they could reach institutions better. Respondents noted that due to staff turnover in institutions, it was important to regularly verify whether their contacts were still in the institutions they originally subscribed from. More effective ways of distributing CTA products could be through institutions/librarie or dean’s offices. Such mechanisms could ensure that students could reach these materials more easily.The ANAFE network enhances the capacity to relate through interactions during conferences, meetings and workshops. Respondents interviewed noted that the interactions ensured that they were up-to-date in terms of their stakeholders needs and they could easily reach policymakers and integrate the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) into their agenda.The CcIPA emphasises the pathway from activity implementation, benefits at institutional and individual level, and long-term transformation, in ANAFE’s land use education programmes. Moving forward, it will be important to train institutions on the CcIPA so that it becomes an integral part of institutional management processes. Institutions can benefit tremendously from its implementation.