Sub-TWG on Agricultural Extension was agreed to be established in the TWG-AW meeting held in December 2015 to have specific discussion and dialogue between RGC and relevant and interested development partners and stakeholders. The establishment of Sub-TWG on Agricultural Extension is in line with the Guideline of the Roles and Functioning of TWGs, which allows each TWG to create sub-group for specific priority sectoral development issues with appropriate numbers of members.
This Sub-TWG will play critical role in mobilizing and coordinating the external resources for supporting the implementation of agricultural extension policy, which was approved by the minister of MAFF in 2015. Followings are key objectives of sub-TWG on Agriculture Extension.
- To facilitate a common understanding, develop an evidence-base and provide recommendations for improving the implementation of Agricultural Extension Policy;
- To coordinate knowledge sharing, advocacy and foster learning across stakeholders and support coordination and advocacy for extension sub-sector improvement;
- To facilitate the consensus and agreement in the process of elaboration and/or review of relevant strategy, technical guidelines, operational work plans related to extension service;
- To develop extension service toolkit for specific crop: rice, maize, cassava, vegetable, horticulture to be updated based on the experiences gained during the different projects implementation.
- To facilitate coordinated mobilisation of external development assistance resources to support the extension sub-sector; via the development of the 3-5 years rolling plan of MAFF for extension services that will be submitted to DP/MEF and full TWGAW for endorsement and implementation by both DP and MAFF. This 3-5 years rolling plan should appear the budgetary line of MAFF to be sent to MEF every year and
- To support the TWGAW to undertake any task given by the TWGAW related to extension.
The sub-working group will meet once every two months and additionally if needed. The agenda is based on the need and set one week in advance of each meeting. The members of the sub-working group will take and circulate minutes in English version on a rotational basis. In each meeting, the minutes-taker for the next meeting will be identified. The co-chair of the sub-working group will circulate the minutes of the last meeting at least 7 days prior to the next meeting.
This Sub-TWG will report to the plenary session of TWG-AW meeting about the progresses and challenges and also proposed solutions.
This Sub-TWG has been technically and financially supported by the Agriculture Services Programme for Innovation, Resilience and Extension (ASPIRE) for its operation.