Month: March 2017

Improved Maize Varieties for Economic Empowerment

  The Stress-Tolerant for Africa (STMA) project has released over 60 varieties of maize to combat the harsh climatic conditions brought about by climate change. And these are available nationwide. STMA is designed to develop, test, and deliver new maize varieties that can mitigate the combined effects of multiple stresses in farmers’ fields. The emphasis is on incorporating multiple stress-tolerant varieties and hybrids that have well defined product profiles and have abiotic characteristics (in the areas of drought, nitrogen-use efficiency and heat). More specifically, these are: Development and testing of varieties tolerant to drought, striga and low nitrogen Promotion...

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AFAAS Has Made Tremendous Progress… Mary Kamau, BOT Chairperson

Mrs Mary Kamau has observed that the continental body, AFAAS has made tremendous progress with regard to its mandate of implementing the Agric Extension and Advisory Services component of CAADP. She mentioned this while presiding over the various country reports at the 2017 Stakeholders Meeting of AFAAS in Kampala, Uganda, The Stakeholders meeting is a forum for review of 2016 achievements of country forums (CFs) as well as planning for 2017 activities. present at the meeting also financial officers of CF host institutions and Communication, Information and Knowledge Managers of each...

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3rd AFAAS/African-Wide Agric Extension Week, Durban 2017

ANNOUNCEMENT, CALL FOR PAPERS AND POSTERS, AND REGISTRATION 2017 FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION – CLICK HERE >>> JOINT CONFERENCE: 3rd AFAAS AFRICA-WIDE AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION WEEK 51st ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN SOCIETY FOR AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION “SCALING UP CLIMATE SMART AGRICULTURE: INTEGRATING YOUTH, WOMEN, AND THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION” 30 October to 3 November 2017 (Arriving 29 October, departing morning of 4 November).   FINAL ANNOUNCEMENT, CALL FOR PAPERS AND POSTERS, AND REGISTRATION “SCALING UP CLIMATE SMART AGRICULTURE: INTEGRATING YOUTH, WOMEN, AND THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION” Tsogo Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotels, 63 Snell Parade, Durban, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa   FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION – CLICK HERE >>>     ABOUT THE CONFERENCE 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”. The theme was selected in recognition of the fact that climate change is having grave impacts on resource-poor African farmers and increasingly contributing to food losses along the whole value chain. According to the World Bank Group, FAO and IFAD (2015), CSA is an approach that can help to guide actions needed to transform and reorient agricultural systems to effectively support development and ensure food security in a changing climate. Hence agricultural extension and advisory services (AEAS) should reorient and re-equip themselves to provide farmers and other actors in...

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NIFAAS Pushes for Increased Membership in the Southwest

The Nigerian Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (NIFAAS), recently held a sensitisation workshop at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, for non-members with a view to encouraging them to become members. The immediate past Dean, College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD), Professor Segun Apantaku, in a presentation titled, “Sensitisation of Non-Members and Benefits of NIFAAS”,  emphasised the aims of NIFAAS, saying that the Institute sought to standardise and professionalise agricultural advisory and extension services in Nigeria. According to him, the institute strives to “enhance capacity building and training of members, serve as knowledge platform and enhance communication patterns among...

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