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I. Moumouni and J. Francis, Université de Parakou, Benin

I. Moumouni and J. Francis, Université de Parakou, Benin

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  • 1. Agricultural advisory services in Benin: footprints, pathway and perspectives Ismail Moumouni, Judith Francis Faculty of Agriculture, University of Parakou, Benin CTA, The Netherlands
  • 2. Outline
    • Objective and rational
    • Policy analysis framework and methods
    • Evolution of agricultural development policies
    • Evolution of extension policies and approaches
    • Current status
    • Key learning an d perspectives
  • 3. Objective and rational
    • Based on case study of agricultural advisory services in Benin commissioned by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation in 2011
    • Aims at presenting the evolution and perspectives of the agricultural advisory services
    • Feed current debate and provide evidence for policy making
  • 4. Policy analysis framework and methods 1960 2010 Agricultural development policies
  • 5. Benin
    • Location  : West Africa
    • Border countries : Nigeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Togo
    • Stretch : 112 620 km2
    • Population  : 8.5 millions
    • 12 departments and 77 districts
    • Farmers : 60%
    • Main products : cotton, groundnut, pineapple, maize, sorghum, etc.
  • 6. Evolution of agricultural development policies 1960 1975 Letter of rural development policy statement 1991
    • Reinforcement of privatisation
    • Strengthening of farmers associations
    • - Towards demand-driven services
    2000 2010 Policy statement of rural development Strategic plan for boosting the agricultural sector Action plan for agric development - Market-oriented agriculture - Public-Private partnership
  • 7. Evolution of extension policies and approaches TVS with Village level participatory approach Demand-driven extension 1960 1975 1985… 1996 1998… Public extension organisations organised extension, input and credit supply, marketing, experimentation, etc. 1991 Advice to farm family: CeRPA + NGOs+FO - Technical advice - Management advice
    • - Limitation of public services to extension
    • Liberalisation of extension
    • National Agric Ext. System
    Diagnostic and planning conducted at village level
  • 8. Current status : Public extension services: Training and visits Ministry of Agriculture Regional Centres for Agricultural Promotion District Centres for Agricultural Promotion Matter specialists, Extension agents Farmers
    • Policy making
    • Definition of AAS principles
    • Developing approaches with technical support of development agencies
    • Identification of the types of AAS to provide to farmers
    • Definition of the role of stakeholders
    White book on AAS D e 6 ° 7 ° 8 ° 9 ° 1 0 1 1 ° 1 2 ° 1 ° 2 ° 3 ° 4 ° c * Niger 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 3 0 0 km Nigeria Togo Burkina Faso
  • 9. Subsidiarity Complementarity Mutual trust Contractualisation Free adherence Cost sharing Principles of agricultural advisory services in Benin Current status
  • 10. Swiss technical cooperation Belgian technical cooperation French technical cooperation Ministry of agriculture National Farmer Organisation and privates Dutch technical cooperation Stakeholders Current status
  • 11. AAS providers CADG GERME LARES CRED GERED IAMD GERDA CeRPA/CeCPA FUPRO/URP GERME MRJC IAMD FUPRO/URP Current status
  • 12. Capacity building Current status
  • 13. Swiss technical cooperation Belgian technical cooperation Dutch technical cooperation French technical cooperation Ministry of agriculture National Farmer Organisation and privates PADYP 2008-2013 EUR 14,800,000 PROCOTON 2009-2013 USD 6,000,000 ASPAP 2006-2011 FAFA 2008-2013 EUR 6,145,000 PARFCB 2009-2012 EUR13,263,100   Projects and funding Current advisory service projects and funding
  • 14. Key learnings et perspectives
    • Successive policy reforms reinforced the process of privatization
    • Privatization did not give full satisfaction
    • Local stakeholders were not well prepared to implement new policies and approaches
    • Public support to AAS is still required
    • Regulation and coordination need improvement
    • Collaboration platforms need to be strengthen: Benin Forum for AAS is going to be established
    • Framework for agricultural advisory services exists
  • 15. Key learnings et perspectives
    • Lack of information makes it difficult to capture the impact of advisory services
    • Need for capacity development, especially for policy making , ICT use , Networking and impact assessment
      • Starting collaboration between agricultural faculties/schools and development workers
      • Networking at continental and international levels: in Africa through AFAAS and worldwide through GFRAS
  • 16. Thank you for your attention Merci pour votre attention