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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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AFAAS Kicks Off the 2017 Stakeholders Meeting in Kampala

The African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS), which is the parent body for NIFAAS, has kick-started its 2017 Stakeholders Meeting in Kampala, Uganda. The participants include country forum focal persons, host institution’s finance officers, and the communication, information and knowledge managers for each forum. The Stakeholders meeting, which was scheduled from 22 to 24 February 2017, is a forum for reviewing 2016 achievements of country forums (CFs) as well as planning for 2017...

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AFAAS Has Made Tremendous Progress… Mary Kamau, AFAAS BOT Chair

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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NAERLS Launches Renewed Efforts at Entrepreneurship Development

There is a saying that ‘technicians rule the world’. And indeed, no salary earner has ever been cited in the Wold Book of wealthy men and women. In today’s world of economic uncertainties, there is no issue that should be addressed as a matter of urgent national importance than that of skills acquisition, especially with regard to our teeming youths. There seems to be a failure of our education system in yielding the expected economic self-sustenance and sufficiency after years of training in the school environment. A skill is the ability to do something well, usually gained through training...

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NIFAAS Will Drive the Needed Change in Nigerian Agricultural Service… Former Director of GFRAS

The former Director of GFRAS, Ms Christine, who led a team of Feed the Future Developing Local Extension Capacity to Ahmadu Bello University, has said during an interactive session with extension professionals from both the public and private sectors, that NIFAAS is positioned to drive the needed change in the Nigerian agricultural extension system. She said that no other extension body has the capacity to bring together both public and private extension service providers, as well as farmers groups and other stakeholders as NIFAAS. She stated it while fielding questions from participants on how best to move the nation’s...

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NIFAAS holds VSNP Workshop for the Southwest Zone

NIFAAS is holding its Workshop on the Use of AFAAS VSNP for Agricultural Advisory Services for Southwest Zone on Thursday 26 January 2017. The workshop is to be held at the Professor JA Okojie Electronic Postgraduate Room, Department of Forest Resources Management, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ibadan at 10am prompt. The Workshop is generously supported by the African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) and in partnership with the Department of Agricultural Extension and that of Forestry Resources Management, University of...

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Workshop on the Use of AFAAS Virtual Social Network Platform (VSNP) for Advisory Services

Workshop on the Use of AFAAS Virtual Social Network Platform (VSNP) for Advisory Services Date: January 2017 [A CALL TO ALL NIFAAS MEMBERS TO REGISTER] The African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) is a continental platform for mutual learning and innovation among agricultural extension and advisory services providers across Africa. AFAAS, alongside GFRAS, is the parent organization of NIFAAS. As part of its strategies for fostering inter-regional experiential sharing of information and collaboration, as well as building real-time online advisory services platform, AFAAS has developed a Virtual Social Networking Platform (VSNP) using its web-link http://networking.afaas-africa.org/. Users are encouraged...

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NIFAAS Is Strategic in Achieving Extension Aspiration for Nigeria– Permanent Secretary FMARD

Dr. Shehu Ahmed, the Perm. Sec. FMARD & Chairman, NIFAAS  Board of Trustees, has stated that NIFAAS is strategic in fulfilling the aspirations of Nigeria with regard to its agricultural extension agenda. The Permanent Secretary said this while he was receiving a delegation NIFAAS Executive Committee in his office, Abuja, on Wednesday 30 November 2016. He immediately hinted that NIFAAS would be fully mainstreamed into the Ministry’s budget system in the coming years. The committee also presented to the BoT chair his Membership Certificate and NIFAAS Registration...

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NIFAAS Excos Meet with BOT Chairman

The Executive Committee of NIFAAS, on Wednesday 30 November 2016, met with the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development at Abuja. This was part of its Executive Committee meeting which took place at the premises of the Ministry. Highlights included Presentation of Membership Certificate and NIFAAS Registration Certificate to Dr. Shehu Ahmed, Perm. Sec. FMARD, & Chairman, NIFAAS  Board of Trustees  (BoT).  ...

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NIFAAS Holds Its 2016 AGM in Zaria

The Forum has seized the opportunity of the Workshop on the New Extensionist and Professionalization of RAS to hold its Annual General Meeting. It is noteworthy that the AGM had earlier been slated for December 2016, but the administrative executives decided just before the workshop that it would not be wise to ask members to converge from all over the country in less than a month after the training so as to hold the AGM. Hence, the Forum had the AGM on the third day of the workshop (4 November...

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NIFAAS will Revolutionize Nigeria’s Agricultural Advisory Service Provision– NAERLS Director

The new Executive Director of the National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services (NAERLS), Prof M.K. Othman has congratulated the Board of Trustees, Administrative Executives and all other members of NIFAAS on the success of the Workshop on the New Extensionist and Professionalization of RAS in Nigeria, which was held on 2 to 4 November 2016 at NAERLS Conference Centre, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He observed that NIFAAS has brought to the table a new lease for extension service delivery in the country. “NIFAAS is going to make the work of NAERLS easy, as it is creating a common...

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Nigeria’s Extension Professionals are Highly Organized–Ms Ngwenya

The GFRAS facilitator at the Workshop on the New Extensionist and Professionalization of RAS in Nigeria, Ms Hlamalani Ngwenya, expressed her satisfaction with the nation’s umbrella body for all agricultural advisory providers, NIFAAS and stated that it is highly organized. She made this observation while answering questions from members of the Press who were at the Workshop Opening Ceremony on Wednesday 2nd November 2016. Ms Ngwenya, who was renamed ‘Olamidele’ (a Yoruba name roughly translated ‘my wealth would follow me home’) by NIFAAS during the training, facilitated most of the discussion throughout with excitement. It is noteworthy that, the...

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NIFAAS Holds Workshop on the New Extensionist and Professionalization of Rural Advisory Services

The much advertised Workshop on the New Extensionist and Professionalization of Rural Advisory Services (RAS) was held between 2nd and 4th November 2016 at the NAERLS Conference Hall, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. The workshop was the product of a collaboration between the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS), the African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) and the Nigerian Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (NIFAAS). It drew participation from all sections of the Nigerian agricultural extension and advisory services sector. The three day programme was highly commended by the participants, as well as members of the press. The...

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Update on the GFRAS/AFAAS/NIFAAS Workshop

The GFRAS/AFAAS/NIFAAS Workshop on the New Extensionist and Professionalization of Rural Advisory Services in Nigeria kicked off today 2nd November 2016 with a bang at the NAERLS Conference Hall, ABU Zaria! The workshop was declared opened through a ceremony witnessed by dignitaries in the Nigerian agricultural extension sector, as well as members of the press. Thereafter, the training began proper. Ms Hlamalani Ngwenya, the facilitator from GFRAS, was immediately renamed Olamidele by the participants, and she loved the new Nigerian name....

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