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ICTs and CSA Advisory Service Provision


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ICTs and CSA Advisory Service Provision

  1. 1. ICTs and CSA Advisory Service ProvisionICTs and CSA Advisory Service Provision The Nigerian StoryThe Nigerian StoryThe Nigerian StoryThe Nigerian Story Presentation at the 3rd Africa-wide Extension Week in Durban South Africa 29 to 3rd October 2017 Dr. Godfrey Onagwa AFAAS CIKM for Nigeria
  2. 2. Nigeria: Some factsNigeria: Some facts • 180 million, with 70 million neighbours • Over 65 million farmers • Public sector dominated extension system • Large research & Ext system (17 crop- based ARIs, 1 national extension institute, 34 agric colleges, 3 specialized agric universities, 37 ADPs, etc)
  3. 3. Some Challenges: Imperatives for CSASome Challenges: Imperatives for CSA 1. Government: Policy environment (ICT, funding, etc) 1. Extension agents: a. Smallholder farmers dominate b. High EA/Farm families ratio c. Unstandardized service delivery (haphazard operations at all levels) d. Poor knowledge base system for research and extension e. Below-average capacity f. The realities of globalization 2. Farmer/farming: a. Poverty (agric still seen as poor man’s job) b. Low technology adoption c. Aging population (youth apathy to agric) d. Peculiar challenges of today’s youth in the information age (e-all) e. Gender issues f. Climate change-related challenges (incidences of drought, diseases, floods, decreasing soil fertility, etc)
  4. 4. Interventions so farInterventions so far Government •Development of an extension policy that is ICT-driven, people- centred and result-based • Extension Providers a. Using ICT tools (both conventional and new media) to initiate national dialogues on policy issues (funding, recruitment, continuous development, etc) b. Capacity building programmes for service providers on CSA tools c. Helping to develop a countrywide info and knowledge management system d. Building ICT-supported and enabled working groups (to network and collaborate at local and global levels) e. Promotion of CSA innovations through fairs
  5. 5. Interventions… Farmer/Farming a. YES Programme, N-Power Agro & N-Power Tech b. Youth Agriprenuers c. Increased involvement of farmers in tech development and dissemination strategies using ICT-enabled platforms d. Promotion of e-agric for agribusiness (e-agric, e-extension, Corporate Farmers TV, Youth Agro Innovation fair, FHL, N-Power tabs, internet and social media use, etc) e. Gender working groups ICT platforms, use of website and social media for dialogues f. Dissemination of CSA info (eg on drought-tolerant, disease-resistant, low soil nutrient-tolerant, etc varieties)
  6. 6. Scaling Up 1. N-Power programme 2. Full integration of NFHL 3. Best Practices applications 4. User-friendly applications (interfaces in consideration of literacy, offline streaming, etc) 5. Policy on internet access (data, especially) and Broadcasts 6. Continuous capacity development
  7. 7. Thank you for listeningThank you for listening