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Multistakeholder Institutional Innovation for Integrated CSA extension: Case of the UFAAS

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Multistakeholder Institutional Innovation for Integrated CSA extension: Case of the UFAAS

  1. 1. MULTISTAKEHOLDER INSTITUTIONAL INNOVOVATION FOR INTEGRATED CLIMATE SMART AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION : A CASE OF THE UGANDA FORUM FOR AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY SERVICES at The 3RD AFFAS AFRICA-WIDE AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION WEEK, October 2017 DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA By Beatrice Luzobe (Focal Person-UFAAS)
  2. 2. 1. OVERVIEW OF UFAAS 2. Rationale for integrated CSE 3. UFAAS approaches for integration 4. Outputs/ benefits
  3. 3. • A country Forum of AFAAS in Uganda that brings together agricultural extension and advisory services actors (AEAS) from: – Public sector, – Private sector, – Academia, including schools – NGOs/civil society, – Farmer Organizations, – Media **See UFAAS profile (brochure) or website for details
  4. 4. • A legally registered Non-State Actor that closely works with: – with the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) –Other development partners and AEAS actors • Membership: AEAS Organizations & individuals • Leadership: Representation of all sectors
  5. 5. ORGANISATION ACTIVITY/ SUPPORT AFAAS/EU (current) • Temporary Hosting • Extension Innovation sub grants from EU • Direct Grant for CF strengthening, CIKM, Advocacy MAAIF and Feed the future (Recent) • National planning and Policy formulation • Ensuring Extension professionalism AFAAS/ IFAD (2013- 2015) • Forum strengthening; support to national AEAS approached, and CIKM FARA (2014) • Training on Innovation Platforms • and Gender responsive AEAS University of Illinois and Feed the Future (current) • Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services (MEAS) project (2015) • Materials devt. and sharing on extension • INGENAES project (USAID funding thru Feed the Future
  6. 6. Rationale for integrated Climate Smart Extension RATIONALE: • Much as Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) – transforms and reorients agricultural systems to effectively support development and ensure food security in a changing climate • there is an urgent need for more inclusive AEAS that further integrate in – Gender Responsive and Nutrition-sensitive Agriculture; – Youths in Agriculture (YinAg) – and ICT innovations for Agriculture (ICT4Ag). • However, the challenges, dynamics and interaction within such integrative systems are not yet well understood. • Hence, the need to work with other partners, capture issues for integrating gender and Nutrition, youths and ICT within a changing climate.
  7. 7. Rationale for integrated Climate Smart Extension… Climate Smart Agriculture ICT Gender and Nutrition Youths
  8. 8. • Mobilizing and working with partners depending on their focus. – UFAAS has a partner(s) for each of the above thematic issue Climate Smart Agriculture Gender and Nutrition Youth in Agriculture ICT for Agriculture
  9. 9. Partners mobilized around thematic areasSub-Theme Key Partners Key Interventions / activities Climate Change • Makerere University • TEFCU –an FO in the East • Capacity building • Climate smart fruit growing Gender and Nutrition • Makerere, Gulu and Kyambogo University, • VEDCO • AUPWAE (NGOs) • TODIFA-FO -Eastern • Fellows on gender and nutrition related research • Promotion of Orange fresh Sweet potato and PHH techs • Capacity building in Gender • Kitchen Gardens for nutrition security Youth • Gutsinda (NGO), ZAABTA -an FO in the central region • Youths in ICT • Nokia Youth offering basic production support services ICT • Makerere University • M-Omulimisa (Extension approach linking farmer to extension worker
  10. 10. Has had different ways of working around the thematic issues : • Establishing a Community of practice (COP)around a theme. For example in Uganda , Gender and Nutrition. • Supporting the review, documentation and implementation of 7 local based agricultural extension innovations (see success stories book) • Working with partners to enhance understanding and addressing issues the thematic issues: • At different levels • In different for a – Capturing of case stories that motivate actors along a particular sub- theme.
  11. 11. 1. Community of Practice around Gender and Nutrition… • UFAAS is working together with the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) to implement the Integrating Gender and Nutrition within Agricultural Extension Services (INGENAES) project in Uganda. • The project is funded by USAID through the Feed the Future. • Key activities – Capacity building of 30 Farmer based Organization integration of G&N within their value chain – Public sector extension strategy support in the area of nutrition and gender – Robust Community of Practice (COP) around gender and nutrition. 108 (38 F) actively participating – Fellowship Program and capacity building for 11 students (PhD and Msc) young professionals
  12. 12. 1. Community of Practice around Gender and Nutrition… • Quarterly meeting to discuss and understand: – The Gender and nutrition concept – The impact of Climate change on G&N – The involvement of Youths and the use of ICT in Agriculture and more specifically G&M • WhatsApp group – General and Random discussions Participants of the Launch of the INGENAES project in Uganda, at the Hotel Africana
  13. 13. 1. Community of Practice around Gender and Nutrition… –Planned and timed Monthly “Ask INGENAES discussions” • The role of the Media in ensuring Gender and Nutrition integration within AEAS-Farmers Media •How the Fast-tracking Project- with Department of Extension-Makerere University. • Bio-fortified foods helping tackle malnutrition in Uganda. A case of OFSP – with VEDCO • etc
  14. 14. 2. Supporting the scaling up of local based innovations Since 2013: Climate Change • Provision of agricultural advisory services to the fruit farmers through improved fruit tree spraying technology in Teso sub region by Teso Tropical Fruit Co-operative Union LTD (TEFCU) Soroti (2015) • Innovation on youth participation in climate smart fruit farming in Teso Sub- region by Teso Tropical Fruit Co-operative Union LTD (TEFCU) Soroti (2017)
  15. 15. 2. Supporting the scaling up of local based innovations Since 2013: Youth in Agriculture • Re-designing, testing and showcasing the School Agricultural Innovation Platform (SAIP) by Gayaza High School (GHS) in Wakiso (2015) • Scaling up and scaling out the Nokia Farming Agricultural Innovation Platform (NOFAIP) by Zirobwe Agariawmu Agribusiness Training Association (ZAABTA) in Luwero (2017)
  16. 16. 2. Supporting the review, documentation and implementation of local based innovations Since 2013: Gender and nutrition • Enhancing food and nutrition security within the farming community of Rubongi and Osukuru sub counties by Tororo District Farmers Association (TODIFA) in Tororo (2017) • Scaling out Post Harvest Management (PHM) innovations by The Volunteer Efforts for Development Concerns (VEDCO) (2017)-
  17. 17. 2. Supporting the review, documentation and implementation of local based innovations Since 2013: ICT for Agriculture • Scaling up the m-Omulimisa for improving the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Agriculture Extension Services, by the Department of Extension and Innovation Studies, Makerere University. (2016-17)
  18. 18. 3. Working with AEAS actors to understand and address the thematic issues • In May 2017, UFAAS embarked on a phased and progressive process of working with partners to: – Understand the concepts – identify and discuss challenges and recommendations – Come up with appropriate of integrating and scaling up the thematic issues within extension. • This was achieved through: – Identification and training – capturing information from different actors at different levels and fora, – Summarizing and concretizing information
  19. 19. TOT (May) Regional Meeting (June) National Level joint activities -at the Jinja Agric Show (July) Write- shop (August) Participati on in the AAEW function(M ay-July)
  20. 20. Training of trainers • Training of 31 (11F) selected extension actors as champions from 4 region (Central, East, North, West) • Field demonstration on the identification of issues and capturing of case stories AEAS Actors who attended the TOT at the National level A field visit identified Nehemiah as one of the success stories
  21. 21. Activation of the SMS mobile function -Identification of moderators -Train moderators and champions in the use of the function -Activated and used the function to collect information from the field The training of the moderators and champions The selected AEAS champions for the western region
  22. 22. Regional Meetings Engaged 89 (25F, 63M) AEAS actors in: - identification and discussion of the challenges around the thematic areas within extension. • Came up with recommendations from each region • Captured more case stories on the topical issues. AEAS Actors who attended the TOT at the National level Rating of the level of understanding of the thematic themes at a regional level
  23. 23. National Level Fora –at the Jinja Agric Show (July) -Co-exhibited approaches on thematic issues with 7 partners to over 500 show goers -Staged and facilitated a 4 daily world cafés each of the thematic issues. 84 (37F) attended. -Carried out a survey of exhibited approaches that integrate thematic issues. 14 stalls were visited AEAS Actors who attended the TOT at the National level A daily bringing together show goers to discuss one of the sub- themes.
  24. 24. Write-shop • Convened with 8 Selected thematic Champions/ partners who participated in gathering information during different activities to: • Summarize the; Best practices, Challenges and Recommendations • Concretize all issues into • a paper for sharing (draft • policy brief and communique on each theme for advocacy Participants of the write-shop represented: • Gender and Nutrition • Youth • ICT and Media Note: These documents still in draft form but will be widely shared
  25. 25. • Capturing of Best practices, challenges, recommendations from the AEAS actors and beneficiaries • Capturing motivating case stories (some shared in the UFAAS booklet). For example: – The Nokia Model (Brought to the AAEW) – The graduate farmer, PICs Bags, SAIP, • Mobilizing more partners/paid-up members • Strengthening ownership of the Forum- more than 10 have sponsored representatives to this AAEW • And many more

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