Performance of Agricultural Extension Services: What are the emerging challenges?
Budget Monitoring and Accountability Unit
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Agricultural Extension Services include interventions/activities by Government and Non-State Actors (NSAs) that facilitate access of organizations, and other value chain actors to knowledge, information, and technologies; mediate their interaction with other relevant organizations; and assist them to develop their technical and management capacity in agriculture and family life (NAEP October 2016). The Government of Uganda (GoU) reformed the extension services in FY2014/15 and introduced the Single Spine Extension System. It aims at enhancing agricultural production and productivity, value addition, food security, household incomes and export. In addition, building the capacity of individual farmers and farmer institutions to have greater access to and control over structures and processes that transform their resources and assets into the outcomes that they desire to achieve their goals. This policy brief analyses emerging challenges on the performance of agricultural extension services in the Directorate of Agricultural Extension Services (DAES) and provides policy recommendations. The analysis focuses on the period FY2015/16, to FY2018/19 (Semi-annual) and uses data from the Budget Monitoring and Accountability Unit (BMAU), Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic (MFPED), and Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF).