NPCA Education And Skills Improvement Agenda
(Strategic Thrust)
NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency
A4RD Pre-PP Event
M...
Key challenges And Opportunities for Africa
Agriculture
What is our response to these challenges and opportunities?
Effect...
• Increased agriculture production and
productivity;
• Better functioning agriculture markets,
increased market access and...
Sustaining CAADP Momentum-
Strategic Thrusts for Response
Institutions,
Policies And
Leadership
Knowledge
And
Learning
Sup...
STRATEGIC ACTIONS AND INPUTS FROM NPCA: IMPLEMENTATION GUIDELINES;
KNOWLEDGE POOLS; CAPACITY BUILDING, PEER REVIEW MECHANI...
Knowledge and knowledge support for public and business
stakeholders, including farmer and commodity
associations
CAADP CA...
Capacity Strengthening and Linking
Research to Education and Skills
Development
The lack of training systems for the agric...
The Big
Questions-
Linking
Science And
Capacity
Building
Knowledge and
Learning Support
(Science,
Education and
Skills
Imp...
Knowledge Information Systems-KIS
• KIS changes the process and modalities for delivering Knowledge
Information for Africa...
Agriculture Education and Training
 Agricultural Education And Skills
Improvement Framework (AESIF)
– Provide overarching...
TEAM Africa
(Tertiary
Education)
Vocational and
Technical
Education and
Training (formal &
semi-formal)
Other complementar...
Tertiary Education for Agriculture
Mechanism in Africa (TEAM-Africa)
• Creating awareness and leverage on improving Agricu...
Agriculture Technical and Vocational
Education and Training (ATVET)
• Core Objective of ATVET Program
– Knowledge manageme...
Target Groups: Rural Youth
Farmers, Farm workers, AEA
Short term
Upgrading
programs
Entrepreneurial
Skill training
Busines...
•Analysis of Government
Policies on Rural Futures
and Job Creation
•Gaps and Opportunities
Presented
•AUC/NEPAD Conference...
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NPCA Education And Skills Improvement Agenda (Strategic Thrust)

  1. 1. NPCA Education And Skills Improvement Agenda (Strategic Thrust) NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency A4RD Pre-PP Event Mrs. Estherine Fotabong (Director, PICD)
  2. 2. Key challenges And Opportunities for Africa Agriculture What is our response to these challenges and opportunities? Effective today→CAADP@10 Tomorrow in the making under OUR mandate→Sustaining CAADP Momentum Next Generation→Outcome s Sought Under CAADP@20 and Higher temperatures Changes in precipitation patterns and extreme weather  Lower yields for crops and livestock Food independency decreases in Africa: Approx. 20% Cereals must be imported Demand grows rapidly: In 2035, 700 million Africans (50%) will live in cities In 2015, 20 million young Africans will enter the labour market Today, 47% of Africans live below 1.25USD poverty line Rising prices of agric. commodities provide incentives Markets and competitiveness Rural employment and incomes Food security Climate change
  3. 3. • Increased agriculture production and productivity; • Better functioning agriculture markets, increased market access and trade; • Increased availability and access to food and building resilience; and • Improved management of natural resources for sustainable agriculture production. Outcomes Sought by CAADP In The Next Decade Context and Background
  4. 4. Sustaining CAADP Momentum- Strategic Thrusts for Response Institutions, Policies And Leadership Knowledge And Learning Support Financing For Agriculture 3/20/2014 4
  5. 5. STRATEGIC ACTIONS AND INPUTS FROM NPCA: IMPLEMENTATION GUIDELINES; KNOWLEDGE POOLS; CAPACITY BUILDING, PEER REVIEW MECHANISMS Level 3: Strengthening systemic capacity for effective execution and delivery of results Assumptions: Political leadership ensure conducive and stable policy environment. Increased systemic capacity, inclusiveness and evidence based action improve public sector planning, implementation and review. Transformational change stimulates private sector investment. 3.1 Improved and inclusive policy design and implementati on capacity for agriculture 3.2 More effective and accountable institutions to drive planning and implementatio n of public policies and investment programmes 3.3 More inclusive and evidence based agriculture planning and implementati on processes 3.4 Improved coordination, partnerships and alliances within and across sectors and countries (regional trade and collaboration) 3.5 Increased (public/privat e) investment financing in agriculture achieving better value for money 3.6 Enhanced knowledge support and skills development for agriculture through improved S&T, Education & Training; Peer learning; Analytical capacity & strategic thinking Sustaining CAAPD Momentum- Our Response
  6. 6. Knowledge and knowledge support for public and business stakeholders, including farmer and commodity associations CAADP CAPACITY BULDING FRAMEWORK KIS (Learning networks; expert pools, knowledge networks linking available information and data to policy design; SAKSS; Think-tanks) Agriculture Science Agenda (Research capacity; research issues; link to knowledge networks; facilitating & supporting innovation. Policy and social research in agriculture) Agriculture Education and Training (Vocational training; private-public sector drive in competency development; curricula; tertiary education-research links; internship) ICT in Agricultural Transformation (Information support to farmers and practitioners; information packaging and dissemination on communicating CAADP)
  7. 7. Capacity Strengthening and Linking Research to Education and Skills Development The lack of training systems for the agricultural and food sector in Africa has limited the growth of the sector. This significant gap in the innovation system uptake in many countries in Africa is the lack of coordination between research (the production of technology) and extension (the transmission of knowledge and information to the farmers) and the vocational and technical training needs of farmers.
  8. 8. The Big Questions- Linking Science And Capacity Building Knowledge and Learning Support (Science, Education and Skills Improvement in Agriculture) How can, Knowledge, Science and Education be pursued to address the needs of farmers and other operators along the value chain at different scales of operation? What type of capacity needs and associated priority thematic areas are needed to support the transformation of agriculture in Africa? What are the key policy considerations that need to be taken into account in terms of facilitating innovation, technology generation and transfer to end users and its utilization by them How can the levels and sources of investment in Knowledge, Science and Education could best make a difference in the long-term How do we Improve absorptive capacities of farmers and youth in Africa by recognizing their vocational, technical and skills training needs How do we Improve and reform Africa Agriculture Education Systems to train the next generation of agricultural scientist by recognizing the training (quantity and quality) for the youth; including women in science
  9. 9. Knowledge Information Systems-KIS • KIS changes the process and modalities for delivering Knowledge Information for African agricultural development from an externally driven process to an African owned and led process. – That greater availability of African led and owned knowledge, information and skills at the national, regional and continental level will lead to improved agricultural planning and policy making at the national level; – That the application of African led and owned knowledge, information and skills at national, regional and continental levels will lead to CAADP being more efficient as a promoter of appropriate policy and institutional reforms – That a more effective CAADP will lead to African government planners better able to make the case for public investment in agriculture, in turn increasing the share of investment in agriculture to a minimum of 10 per cent of the national budgets. – That this increased investment will contribute to raising agricultural productivity by at least 6 per cent.
  10. 10. Agriculture Education and Training  Agricultural Education And Skills Improvement Framework (AESIF) – Provide overarching visionary priorities and targets and therefore common agenda in rallying multi-consortia private-public partnerships on agriculture education and skills development. – Build and ensure a continuous replenishment of the much needed human capital to drive the agriculture transformation agenda in Africa. – Provide a practical set of guidelines and tools for peer sharing of experiences and learning as well as brokering private-public partnerships. – The key principles that would guide the development and implementation of the strategy would be guided by the following principles and methodology
  11. 11. TEAM Africa (Tertiary Education) Vocational and Technical Education and Training (formal & semi-formal) Other complementary skills development initiatives and programmes (e.g. on job training; foreign training and south-south technical exchange) Common Agenda & Guidelines on overarching strategic priorities and targets “Agricultural Education and skills Improvement Framework (AESIF)” (Overarching principles and guidelines) Tracking progress & performance; Sharing & learning platforms and tools Knowledge and Information Hub including capacity for overarching analytical studies
  12. 12. Tertiary Education for Agriculture Mechanism in Africa (TEAM-Africa) • Creating awareness and leverage on improving Agriculture education system in Africa; • Mainstreaming TAE into the framework of CAADP processes and plans and strengthen the relationship between Education, Research and Extension services • Bringing greater coherence and coordination between institutes, networks and development partners, • improving training methods by academic reforms and access of new learning tools to respond to the modern and dynamic education needs.
  13. 13. Agriculture Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ATVET) • Core Objective of ATVET Program – Knowledge management and survey of approaches, information and best practices sharing of ATVET in Africa – Anchoring of ATVET in the AU structures and in the CAADP-country process promotion programs – Development and assessment of pilot qualification measures for farmers, the youth, employed persons and service providers at national level.
  14. 14. Target Groups: Rural Youth Farmers, Farm workers, AEA Short term Upgrading programs Entrepreneurial Skill training Business Advisory Services Income Generating Services, e.g. Production Technology Transfer Certification & Diploma Programs (10+1+2+3) Modularized Non Formal Programs Services provided upon demand of private & public sector Modern ATVET COLLEGE Labor Market Formal and Non Formal Programs Business Services Links to Universities LONG TERM VISION
  15. 15. •Analysis of Government Policies on Rural Futures and Job Creation •Gaps and Opportunities Presented •AUC/NEPAD Conference on Job Creation and Employment Skills and Job Creation Initiative Gap Analysis • Green Jobs •Agriculture and Agribusiness Value Chains •Informal and Semi-formal economies •Construction •artisanal jobs •Capacity Development, Skills, Education and Training Country’s Youth Employment Plan of Action • Priority Value Chains • Agribusiness • Informal Jobs • Vocational and Technical Education, Incubation and Skills Development Rural Futures Development Zone •RFP and ATVET Centre of Excellence •Best practices on Rural Futures program from country level •Meting Point academia, civil society and policy makers, private sector and partners Knowledge Management, E-Learning, K- Products and K-Services CAADP+ (Linking Agriculture To Rural Development
  16. 16. Thank You

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