National Agriculture and Livestock Extension Policy (NALEP)
Agriculture and Livestock Extension Taskforce
The Government of Southern Sudan is committed to the development of agriculture, livestock and Fisheries subsectors in order to attain food security for the growing population, provide income and employment for rural people, and protect theenvironment. Agricultural extension services is expected to play a very important role in development of the agricultural sector in transforming and modernizing agricultural production from subsistence small holder farming to commercial, profit-oriented undertakings. For this to happen, appropriate extension policy is necessary.
The National Agriculture and livestock Extension Policy (NALEP) andits implementation frame work were formulated by the two Agriculture sector Ministries of (MAF and MARF) with technical assistances from FAO, EC and the WB. Stakeholders, experts, professionals, NGOs, and private sector participated in the process.
NALEP gives directions for the management and organisation of a pluralistic extension system with both public and private extension service providers.The policy offers guidance for service providers and other stakeholders on matters of standards, and approaches and on how to strengthen coordination among all actors.
In order to strengthen the provision of extension services in the Agriculture sector, the policy needs to be fast tracked to stimulate Agriculture, livestock and Fisheries development in Southern Sudan. Categorizing extension asone of government priority areas where financial commitment will be made is a desirable step.
The sector ministries are committed to take a lead in policy implementation in collaboration with all stakeholders
This policy document and its implementation framework is an outcome of a collaborative work carried out by a taskforce.
First and foremost, the task forcewishes to acknowledge the source of funding that enabled this work to be accomplished. In particular we would like to acknowledge the financial support received from EC, WB for the finalization of the National Agriculture and Livestock Extension Policy. The taskforce is also grateful to FAO for the technical assistance provided through Dr. Michelle Glenn, who compiled inputs from States` consultativeworkshops, and John Pressing who critically revised the policy document and made significant recommendations. Equally important, we are indebted to the members of the larger working group and the senior officials in the two ministries, MAF and MARF, for having read through the draft policy document and made invaluable comments, contributions and recommendations. Our sincere thanks go to FrancisLuala and Simon Baka who helped in facilitating the consultative workshops at the States level.
The Taskforce would also like to thank all persons who assisted in the realization of the undertaking. Over 300 people were consulted in the course of this policy formulation process through workshops in the ten states of Southern Sudan and meetings with members of the technical committees in theMinistries of Agriculture and Forestry, Animal Resources and Fisheries. We thank them for sharing their time, experiences, and insights so generously with us. We would also like to thank the Undersecretaries of the two ministries and acknowledge the efforts made by Dr Leju, Dr John Kanisio, Mr. John Choul in initiating the process which formed the basis for our work.
Taskforce core team:
Mr.Augustino Atillio, Mr. Joseph Brok, Dr. Purna Chhetri, Mr. Ezana Getahun and Mr. Arne Eriksson
ABBREVIATIONS AND ACRONYMS vi
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY vii
SECTION I POLICY 8
1 INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND 8
1.1 Role of Agricultural Sector in Southern Sudan 8
1.2 Evolution of Extension Services in Southern Sudan and Lessons Learnt 9
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