First Uganda National Agricultural Extension Symposium

Date
Mar 13, 2018 05:00 -
Mar 15, 2018 17:00 EAT
Location
Hotel Africana       , Wampewo Avenue, Kampala, Uganda

First Uganda National Agricultural Extension Symposium

Enhancing Uganda Agricultural Extension Capacity and Quality

Promoting Gender Responsive, Nutrition Sensitive and Professional AEAS in Uganda

This national symposium , organized by Uganda Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (UFAAS) together with Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) and The Integrating Gender and Nutrition within Agricultural Extension Services (INGENAES) project, in collaboration with the Developing Local Extension Capacity (DLEC) Project, will bring together extension stakeholders across Uganda to deliberate on enhancing agricultural extension’s capacity and quality to address needs of both women and men farmers, with a special focus on gender and nutrition and professionalism.  The event will convene thought leaders, government actors, donors, practitioners, academicians, private-sector organizations, and NGOs to deliberate on what has worked, how do we build on what is working and how do we strengthen the enabling environment for promoting gender responsive, nutrition sensitive and professional AEAS in Uganda. The objectives of the symposium are to:

  • Explore and showcase successes, challenges, lessons learned in integrating gender responsive and nutrition sensitive approaches, within extension service delivery;
  • Build capacities of AEAS actors (individual and organizations) to better respond to male and female farmers needs for food, nutrition and income security;
  • Sensitize participants about professionalization of AEAS for better performance and image of the sector; and
  • Strengthen and widen the current gender and nutrition community of practice to facilitate networking, information and knowledge exchange among the AEAS.

What will be the Focus:

  • WHAT WORKS? Innovative and effective tools, approaches and technologies that strengthen AEAS's ability to improve women’s agricultural productivity and enhance household nutrition
    • Focus: Action-oriented research, local best practices, relevant gender-sensitive technologies, and strong communities of practice
  • BUILDING ON WHAT WORKS. Building capacity of AEAS actors to better respond to male and female farmers' (young and old) needs for food, nutrition and income security.
    • Focus: Capacity building of organizations and individuals, engaging youth in agriculture and agripreneurship.
  • STRENGTHENING THE ENABLING ENVIRONMENT. Strengthening AEAS in Uganda for better performance and improve service delivery mechanisms to better integrate gender and nutrition.
    • Focus: Sensitization on professionalism guidelines, standards and tool, launch of the national registration process, enabling better policies, collaborating with local extension providers, rolling out the New Extensionist Learning Kit, and rewarding AEAS actors for performance.

The symposium will be in a highly interactive format designed to promote better sharing of ideas and learning. Some of the approaches that will be used are plenary speeches, group discussions, panel discussions, World Café style presentations, shift and share session, poster session, parallel skills building workshop sessions and a share fair. The expected outcomes are:

  • Strong advocacy of gender and nutrition integration within AEAS to diverse stakeholders
  • Sharing of successes, challenges, and lessons learned in integrating gender and nutrition in extension service delivery
  • Stronger and wider community of practice
  • Good local practices extension practices exhibited around gender and nutrition integration 
  • Advocacy for youth engagement in AEAS
  • Better understanding of AEAS professionalism
  • AEAS actors registration and recognition tools launched. AEAS actors recognized

Who should attend:

Delegates/participants shall primarily be pluralistic extension service providers working together to improve agricultural extension services in Uganda. This group will include public, private and civil society, FBOs, community-based organizations, research and educational institutions, CoP members, national/regional/continental network members (UFAAS, AFAAS) media, donors and other development partners.

How to Register:

To register, complete online registration form at: https://ingenaes-uganda-symposium.eventbrite.com . Alternatively, a printed form can be submitted in person at the UFAAS Focal Desk, AFAAS Secretariat, Plot 22A, Nakasero Rd, Kampala. For clarification on this contact Esther Michaala (AFAAS) or Mr. Siya Aggrey (UFAAS) at the AFAAS secretariat.

How to Contribute:

Call for Proposals

A call for proposals together with selection criteria is available at http://bit.ly/2DbdnpG. Interested professionals in agricultural development are encouraged to submit proposals (Papers, stories, videos, posters etc.) completed forms by February 12, 2018 to mjones10@Illinois.edu  

Success Story Competition

The gender & nutrition within extension success story competition aims to capture real-life case studies of stakeholders in Uganda who are strengthening AEAS by integrating gender and nutrition approaches, leading to improved livelihoods for smallholder farmers. Ten winning cases will present their cases at the symposium in a Shift & Share session. Application: www.goo.gl/forms/fma0Dr29TpieXj6s2    

Event Sponsors and Partners

Feed the Future

USAID

MAAIF

INGENAES

AAFAS

Co-sponsors: 

Digital Green

IFPRI

CARE

GFRAS