14 Oct. SAA-IFPRI-AFAAS Online Official Side Event for FAO Science and Innovation Forum “Multidimensional agricultural extension to support innovation: Experiences and lessons on building African farmers’ resilience to global crises”


On the occasion of the FAO Science and Innovation Forum, SAA will host an online official side event “Multidimensional agricultural extension to support innovation: Experiences and lessons on building African farmers’ resilience to global crises” in collaboration with IFPRI and AFAAS

  • Date: Friday, October 14, 2022, 12:00- 14:00 (CEST time zone, UTC+2hrs)
  • Co-organizer: IFPRI, AFAAS
  • Language: English only

Registration: https://www.saa-safe.org/pastevents/fao-2022/

 African smallholder farmers continue to adapt and innovate in the face of challenges such as low productivity, soil degradation, water scarcity, post-harvest losses, limited market access, and climate change. But global challenges continue to rise, including the COVID-19 pandemic and the major price increases of food, fertilizer and fuel aggravated by the crisis in Ukraine. Through a process of inclusive decision-making, knowledge sharing, and skills and technologies provision through agricultural extension, innovations can enable food, nutrition, and income security for African smallholders as well as build their resilience.

 The Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) is an international NGO that promotes adoption of cost-effective agriculture technologies for smallholder farmers through innovative agriculture extension models in Sub-Sahara Africa, some of which have been incorporated into the national extension policies in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Uganda. SAA has reached millions of smallholder farmers in 17 African countries and helped improve their livelihood since 1986.

Together with the African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS), which is a continental platform for mutual learning and innovation among agricultural extension and advisory services providers across Africa, and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), which provides research-based policy solutions to sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition in developing countries, this forum will highlight the critical role of multidimensional agricultural extension services in supporting innovation among rural communities in Africa and will share hands-on partner experiences and lessons learned.

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