Above: A section of participants during a group discussion
This post was first published in the New Vision, 18th November 2020, by Joshua Kato
In Uganda, the impact of climate change is evident in rising temperatures, prolonged droughts, short rain seasons with unevenly spread rainfall amounts that cause flooding and mudslides in many areas around water bodies.
How can agricultural extension and advisory services (AEAS) be positioned for resilient agriculture and food systems? This was the discussion at Uganda's third Agricultural extension Symposium. The event which brought together a community of researchers, practitioners and policymakers from Uganda and beyond took place on 10-20th July 2020, at a time when most countries were under lock down due to the Covid19 pandemic.
We would like to share with you what was presented in 6 webinars during the 3rd e-Symposium under the theme: "Positioning agricultural extension and advisory services for resilient agriculture and food systems".
Webinar #1 (21 July): Climate Smart AEAS - Capacity and needs of actors
UFAAS CEO (Front Centre), The Minister of Agriculture (Back centre) and the team after the Launch of the e-Agricultural Extension Symposium 2020. (Photo: UFAAS)
Article by Elizabeth Asiimwe, with input from Richard Miiro, Beatrice Luzobe and Ambrose Owoesigire
The 4th AFAAS Africa-Wide Agricultural Extension Week (AAEW) will be held in Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire) with a focus on building synergies between Public and Private Sector Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services (AEAS) for Sustainable Agricultural Development in Africa. The event will be embedded in the Agricultural and Animal Resources Fair (SARA).
As the planting season begins in many regions in Uganda, farmers anticipate challenges like Fall Armyworm which has continued to affect the production of crops like Maize. This has both direct and indirect impacts on the nutrition security of households. Watch this https://youtu.be/JlFOZAj3iT8 video on the best practices to tackle Fall Armyworm.