PROCASUR, IFAD, the Pro-poor Value Chain Development Project in the Maputo and Limpopo Corridors (PROSUL) and the Agricultural Development Fund, under the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (FDA/MASA) of Mozambique are launching a CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST to participate to the Local Champions Fair that will take place in Mozambique in April 2018.
Agricultural extension and advisory services play an important role in agricultural development and can contribute to improve the welfare of farmers and other people living in rural areas. They can be organized and delivered in a variety of forms, but their ultimate aim is to increase farmers’ capacity to overcome poverty in a sustainable way.
However, the agricultural extension and the advisory services in many African countries are still facing important challenges, among them, effectively reaching out to marginalized farmers including women, youth, minorities, and people in very remote areas.
In the recent decades in many Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) countries participatory, demand-driven and Farmer-to-Farmer approaches have been introduced – formally or informally - in order to increase the effectiveness of the extension and advisory systems and to go beyond farmers as ‘beneficiaries’ and make them full-fledged partners in agricultural development.
In this framework, a Local Champions Fair will take place in Mozambique in April 2018 as a concrete platform of outstanding talents in ESA towards building up better solutions for extension services. It will be hosted by the Pro-poor Value Chain Development Project in the Maputo and Limpopo Corridors (PROSUL) and the Agricultural Development Fund, under the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (FDA/MASA). It will be facilitated by PROCASUR and co-funded byIFAD.
It aims at exchanging experiences and providing inputs to answer to the following questions:
- How can we improve the Farmer-to-Farmer model and the Local Champions’ role in agriculture extension services?
- What are the needs, opportunities and challenges in the ESA Region for better Farmer-to-Farmer Learning?
The three-day Local Champions Fair will offer spaces for:
- attending workshops and sharing experiences in high level conferences;
- showcasing Innovative Solutions in farmer-to-farmer extension models in a dedicated market place;
- taking part in farmer-to-farmer training and field demonstration;
- planning together the actions to strengthen the farmer-to-farmer model in the market of the extension services in the region and starting up a community of practitioners around farmer-to-farmer extension models.
Do not miss the Fair and express your interest!
In order to express your interest, please download the the Call for expression of interest below for more information and follow the three steps below:
- WRITE TO US
The interested participants are invited to send an email with the subject “We want to join the LC Fair” to Laura Fantini firstname.lastname@example.org and Valentina Sauve email@example.com expressing their interest in participating to the Local Champions Fair before Monday 15th of January 2018.
- LET’S MAKE CONTACT
We will contact all the interested participants for an interview to clarify any doubt about the viability for your participation to the Fair.
- LET’S WORK TOGETHER
After that, we will provide a tailored assistance that ensure your successful participation in the Fair.
Early expression of interest are strongly encouraged!
For further information, please contact by phone or email:
Ms. Valentina Sauve (ESA Regional Coordinator): firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: + 254 706 046 742
Ms. Laura Fantini (Local Champions Fair Coordinator): email@example.com Phone: +39 347 320 7428
Ms. Vivienne Likhanga (Communications): firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +254 20 2716036