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National Strategy on education and training for agriculture and rural development in South Africa

Prepared by the South African Department of Agriculture in consultation with the National Strategy Formulation Team and with FAO technical assistance







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    Supporting the Development and Implementation of Food Security and Nutrition Plan for South Africa - TCP/SAF/3502 (Phase I) and TCP/SAF/3701 (Phase II) 2021
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    The project was designed in response to a request from the Government of South Africa for assistance in the priority areas of food security and nutrition Efforts to implement FSN policies in an integrated manner were challenged by a lack of effective communication among the various government departments involved The structures to ensure that a multisectoral approach was implemented at decentralized levels of government were either weak or non existent and no mechanisms were in place to ensure mutual accountability The roles of these structures were undefined and the lack of an FSN information management system impeded FSN measuring, monitoring and evaluation (M& The aim of the project was to contribute to improving FSN policy processes and content development in order to reduce food insecurity in the country It would do this by facilitating the generation of baseline information on FSN indicators and policies, and by designing an M&E framework Multi stakeholder coordination of FSN issues would be ensured by establishing or strengthening multi stakeholder FSN coordination structures at national, provincial and district levels Finally FSN capacities and awareness among stakeholders would be increased through a capacity needs assessment for FSN implementation and the development of a capacity building programme Following an FAO/African Union Agricultural Ministers Declaration in April 2020 the FAO Regional Office for Africa developed guidelines to assess the anticipated impact of COVID 19 on food systems, agriculture and food security in African countries Funds from the current project were repurposed to conduct such an assessment in South Africa The aim of the assessment was to inform government responses to the crisis and put in place policies and actions to minimize the disruption of food supply chains, trade, food demand, income and livelihoods, especially among poor and vulnerable segments of the population.
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    Applying a multi-stakeholder process to develop a vocational education and training strategy for the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors in South Africa 2019
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    Multi-stakeholder participation is essential to address complex challenges and opportunities requiring multi-disciplinary inputs and ownership by all concerned. Multi-stakeholder processes (MSPs) can be used at various stages in policy processes - from planning, design and governance of a system, decision-making and implementation as well as monitoring and evaluation. This Occasional Paper presents a multi-stakeholder process conceptualized and implemented for developing a national vocational education and training (VET) strategy for agriculture, forestry and fisheries in South Africa. The MSP was spearheaded by a team from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The MSP involved public and private stakeholders through nine provincial and two national workshops in order to capture the diversity of voices, their challenges and experiences as well as their vision of good practice. National stakeholders further shaped and reoriented the VET Strategy. The publication outlines the MSP, the role of the different stakeholders, the results of the MSP and assesses the MSP to draw conclusions for the implementation of the VET strategy and to provide general recommendations for conducting MSPs for policy development.
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    Agricultural extension manual for extension workers 2019
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    In the context of sustainable agricultural development, agricultural extension has a very crucial role to play. The tasks and responsibilities of extension service will need to be broadbased and holistic in contents and scope, thus beyond agricultural technology transfer. Its normal task of transferring and disseminating to farmers appropriate agricultural technologies and good farm practices would not be sufficient. Extension agencies, services, and workers will need to exercise a more proactive and participatory role and serve as knowledge/information "brokers", initiating and facilitating mutually meaningful and equitable knowledge-based transactions among agricultural researchers, trainers, and primary producers. To improve its cost-effectiveness, proper strategies to advocate favorable and explicit agricultural extension policies are needed. Modern strategic planning and quality management tools and approaches should be utilized in developing or restructuring extension organizations or institutions. More innovative methods must be developed to identify systematically farmer’s problems and felt needs, and to help formulate and set agricultural research agenda based on such needs and problems. In short, there is a need to develop and improve the conceptual, technical, and operational methods and tools in order to strategically plan, efficiently manage, and scientifically evaluate a problem-solving, demand-driven and needs-based agricultural extension program. This manual is a practical guide for extension workers in agriculture. It contains simple, easy to follow tools on the commonly used extension methods and an outline of how extension may be planned and implemented.

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