01/2016. Appointment to the Technical Working Group (TWG) in the Formulation of the Extension Policy and Strategy
BY MARILYN KABALERE, Advocacy Officer
Posted: January 2016
For the past decades, Government, private sector and Civil Society Organisations have been involved in provision of extension services amidst the numerous reforms since 1970’s during the Progressive farmer approach, to the Training and Visit (T&V) that was transformed to the Unified Extension in 1990s. In 2001 NAADS through an act of parliament was established. In June 2014, government adopted the Single Spine agriculture extension system to replace NAADS and a Department on Agriculture Extension was formulated last year 2015.
This reform of the National Agriculture Extension System is expected to form the core extension service delivery in a pluralistic environment and along which private sector provisions will evolve as commercialization takes shape. The key pillar guiding this reform is the agricultural extension policy and strategy which the government has prioritized and accordingly established a Technical Working Group (TWG) to provide leadership in formulation of the policy instruments, oversee the development of core institutional arrangements and operational guidelines necessary for the new system to function effectively.
PELUM Uganda has been appointed to the Technical Working Group for the development of the National Agricultural Extension Policy and Strategy. The TWG is tasked with specific assignments including: Participation in the collection of Information, commission studies and undertake comparative studies where required and benchmark the policy and strategy. PELUM Uganda has been requested to seek for information from her membership, Non State Actors, Partners and Civil Society Organizations to this regard.
PELUM members and other partners will participate in the ongoing regional and national consultations to enrich the process by sharing views on how the new national agricultural extension system should be modeled and how it should be operationalized to ensure sustainable growth, transformation and modernization of the sector.