The 3rd Annual AFAAS Africa-Wide Agricultural Extension Week 2017 was held October 30th thru November 3rd in Durban, South Africa. Over 700 Agricultural Extension professionals from all over the continent converged on Durban to take part in this year’s theme, ‘Scaling Up Climate Smart Agriculture: Integrating Youth, Women and the Digital Revolution’, with two of Uganda’s own INGENAES Fellows; Rosemirta Birungi and Docus Alowo, in attendance and the middle of it all.
The Uganda Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (UFAAS), a country chapter of AFAAS, has partnered with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) to implement the INGENAES Project, which stands for, 'Integrating Gender and Nutrition within Agricultural Advisory Services'. INGENAES is sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the 'Feed the Future' programme, and strives “to increase agricultural production and the incomes of both men and women in rural areas who rely on agriculture for their livelihoods”.
During the Africa Wide Extension Week, 2017, in Durban, South Africa, AFAAS and UFAAS team participated in visiting Karkloof farm located in uMngeni municipality. Britt and Rene Stubbs bought the farm in 1986 for beef and maize production. He decided to develop the farm into a dairy farm. Maize, soybeans, potatoes and carrots were planted using conventional cultivation methods. The total size of the farm is 790ha and situated in an area with an average rainfall of 1150mm/year.
The Uganda Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services identified the AFAAS Virtual Social Networking Platform (VSNP) as one of the ways to deliver agricultural information to farmers through the extension advisors. The platform was recently upgraded to include a mobile friendly function that will help famers have their questions answered professionally. With the help of a simple mobile phone, extension workers will be able to network, interact, exchange information and share experiences with other extension workers and experts of different agricultural spheres globally.
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is pleased to inform this community that it has been supporting the establishment of drone operators in Benin, DRC, Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda. These drone operators are equipped to facilitate advanced crop research using remote-sensed data interpretation services offered by the French company, Airinov.
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The Association of African Universities (AAU) has intensified its support for students from its member institutions to acquire employable skills before graduating from their universities. Through support from its development partners, namely African Capacity Development Foundation (ACBF) and Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), the AAU has secured funds for its member universities in good standing (whose annual subscription payment to AAU is up to date) to offer small grants of up to US$600 per student for graduate internships.
AFAAS and SASAE together with DAFF will be holding a joint conference on the theme of “Scaling up climate smart agriculture (CSA): integrating youth, women, and the digital revolution”.