Skills Training And Enhancing The Capacity Of Researchers And Extension Staff In Swaziland, 31 May – 3 June 2016, Swaziland

CCARDESA facilitated a second training workshop for research and development stakeholders from Swaziland on current research and development approaches, technology dissemination, topical issues on climate change adaptation, and soft skills required to facilitate effective communication and interaction in a multi-stakeholder environment. The training was organised upon the request of Swaziland Ministry of Agriculture, for CCARDESA to facilitate the re-tooling of their personnel to gain these necessary skills for effectiveness and improved service delivery.

Objectives of the workshop were to: Equip Swaziland R&D actors with soft skills relevant to agricultural development and improving the quality of science, Facilitate inclusive planning and strengthen research and extension linkages,  Refresh participants on current approaches on technology generation and dissemination, Engage stakeholders on the role of ICTs in R&D in particular with respect to technology dissemination and facilitating market access to agricultural commodities,  Sensitize participants on contemporary issues  on sustainable agriculture (Climate Change, Climate change Adaptation, Climate Smart Agriculture, Environmental and Social safeguards).

Following is the agenda of the training:

TUESDAY 31  MAY 2016
TIME ACTIVITY RESOURCE PERSON
  SESSION 1:  WELCOME AND OPENING  
0800 – 0815 Opening Prayer and Introduction of Participants ALL
0815 – 0845 Welcome Remarks and Briefing on the Training Mr S. Mavimbela

Dr Podisi

0845 – 0915 Training Methodology; Structure, Purpose and Outputs Dr Podisi
0915 – 0930 Group Photo ALL
0930 – 1000 Introduction to Digital Agriculture, Trends and Opportunities in Research, Marketing and Early Warning Information  Prof Mafongoya
1000 – 1030 HEALTH BREAK  
SESSION 2: AMEWI – MARKETING TOOL
1030 – 1145 AMEWI – Marketing and Early Warning Information Systems for Farmers, Researchers and Extension Officers Ms Supang, AgriBusiness Botswana
1145-1300 Crop Modelling and Simulation Prof Mafongoya
1300 – 1400 LUNCH BREAK  
SESSION 3: PRACTICAL EXERCISES – CASE STUDIES
1400 – 1500 AMEWI Case Studies/ Exercises Ms Supang
1500 – 1545 M-Farm and other ICT Tools Case Studies Ms Supang/ Langwenya
1545 – 1615 HEALTH BREAK
1615 – 1700 General Discussions
WEDNESDAY 1 June 2016
SESSION 4:  RESEARCH APPROACHES
0800-0830 Opening prayer and Recap Dr Podisi, CCARDESA
0830-0930 Extension Approaches (Packaging of Research Results) Prof. M. Dube, UNISWA
0930-1030 Innovative Technology Dissemination Methods Prof M Dube, UNISWA
1030 – 1100 HEALTH BREAK
1100-1300 Case studies on Dissemination of Technologies and discussion Prof M Dube, UNISWA
1300- 1400 LUNCH BREAK  
 
1400 – 1630 Innovation Systems Approach: Concepts and Practice Dr Dlamini
1630 – 1645 HEALTH BREAK
1645 – 1715 General Discussion Dr Dlamini

 

THURSDAY 2 JUNE 2016
SESSION 5:  RESEARCH APPROACHES CLIMATE CHANGE AND CLIMATE SMART AGRICULTURE
0800-0815 Opening Prayer and Re-cap Dr Podisi
0815 – 1000

 

Climate Change Adaptation in Agriculture and Climate Smart Agriculture: Concepts and Technologies Ms S. Beerhalter
1000 – 1030 HEALTH BREAK
1030 – 1200 Climate Change: Theory and Practise (Adaptation and Mitigation Models, Case Studies on Climate Adaptation) Prof Mafongoya
1200 – 1300 Environmental and Social Safeguards in R&D

 

Dr B. Podisi
1300 – 1400 LUNCH BREAK  
1400 – 1530 Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Climate Change Management Prof Mafongoya
1530 – 1600 HEALTH BREAK
1600 – 1700 General Discussions

 

 
FRIDAY 3 JUNE 2016
SESSION 6:  INNOVATIVE RESEARCH APPROACHES
0830 – 0900 Opening Prayer and Role Play Dr Podisi
0900 – 1030 Evaluation of Farm Level Sustainability: RISE/SHARP Approaches Dr M. Mlipha
1030 – 1100 HEALTH BREAK
1100 – 13:00 Soft-skills for uptake and mainstreaming the ISA

·         Systems thinking

·         Multi-stakeholder  Processes and Institutional change

·         Conflict management

·         Change required for effective mainstreaming of the ISA

Dr P. Dlamini
1300 – 1400 LUNCH BREAK  
1400 – 1600 General Discussion and Case Studies on Innovation Platform and Business Models for Uptake of Technologies Dr P. Dlamini
1600 – 1700 Closing and Departure Dr B. Podisi

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