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Agriculture education and skills improvement framework (AESIF) 2015-2025

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Agricultural Education and Skills Improvement Framework (AESIF)


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This policy document argues that the empowerment of human Capital is a pre-requisite for the successful implementation of our development programmes toward the African Transformation. Better education and training constitute the corner stone of this transformation. Indeed, knowledge as 'human capital' has always been central to economic development. Recent evidence from the emerging countries clearly demonstrated the fact that knowledge-based economy is liable to bring innovation, create new jobs, generate income and catalyse an inclusive growth and a sustainable development. AESIF envisions to transform Africa's Agriculture Education and Training (AET) in order to leverage the quality and quantity of skilled workforce required for the advancement of agricultural growth and the achievement of targets set in the CAADP Malabo Declaration on accelerated agricultural growth and transformation for shared prosperity and improved livelihoods. AESIF's mission intends to address the following AET constraints: Misalignment between type of training provided and skills needed in the workforce; Fragmentation of knowledge actors and isolation of AET from research and extension services; Duplication and inefficient allocation of resources by public, private and development partners; The apathy of youth and women towards AET learning systems and development of entrepreneurial skills. The AESIF's mission is to stimulate and guide policy and institutional reforms to strengthen AET capacity to produce the desired skilled workforce with entrepreneurial competencies. During the first decade of implementing CAADP, the AET actors have been left out without any concrete support to adapt their training programs for needed skills and competencies for the current agricultural demands. Based on that experience, some specific studies have been undertaken, that has yielded three key strategic priority areas for AET, including: (1) Governance and Management policies; (2) Teaching and Learning Systems; (3) Public and Private Partnership mobilisation. By building on lessons learnt from the first decade of the CAADP, AESIF envisages to: Play a central role in guiding capacity building to continuously replenish the skilled human capital much needed to drive the agriculture transformation agenda in Africa; Provide a common agenda in leveraging multi-consortia private-public partnerships on agriculture education and skills development to drive innovation and wealth creation; Offer practical guidelines and tools for sharing of experiences and learning; and Ensure coherence among initiatives and alignment between actors, and integration of all processes into a common agenda mainstreamed within the CAADP process.

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