Steering Committee for CAADP ATVET Inaugurated in Kampala

Kampala, 26th November 2019. A Steering Committee for the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Technical Vocational Education and Training Project has been inaugurated in Kampala today by Mr. Pius Wakabi Kasajja the MAAIF Permanent Secretary.

As experienced in other member countries of the African Union, CAADP ATVET helps to create more coherent policies for agricultural education and training in Africa, particularly for women and youth who are the most valuable asset for Africa’s future.

The project objective is to integrate agricultural vocational and technical education into the CAADP process of selected countries through, among other areas, Knowledge management and survey of approaches, sharing of information and best practices of ATVET in Africa, Anchoring of ATVET in the African Union (AU) structures and in the CAADP country processes, Developing and assessment of pilot qualification measures for farmers, the youth, employed persons and service providers at a national level.

Members of the newly-inaugurated steering committee with the Permanent Secretary after the ceremony in Kampala.

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About CAADP ATVET

In 2012, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) launched a new project, “Promotion of Technical Vocational Education and Training for the Agricultural Sector in Africa (CAADP ATVET)” with the support of the German Government through GIZ.

The project is expected to have a total duration of six to seven years. In a first two-year phase (2012/2013) the programme will work at a continental level (NPCA) and in two pilot countries (Ghana and Kenya). The aim will be to develop and implement market-oriented qualification measures, as well as coherent concepts to incorporate agricultural technical vocational training components into the national education systems.

Participants in the just-concluded inauguration ceremony for the CAADP ATVET Steering Committee.

The expansion of value chain approaches in development strategies calls for the adequate qualification both of the value chain actors and the implementing institutions.

CAADP ATVET helps to create more coherent policies for agricultural education and training in Africa, particularly for women and young people who are the most valuable asset for Africa’s future. CAADP ATVET fills a thematic gap in the current CAADP process and has a strong potential to contribute to achieving the CAADP goals of agricultural sector growth, generating rural income and reducing poverty.

The project objective is to integrate agricultural vocational and technical education into the CAADP process of selected countries. The project focuses on three support areas, namely

  • Knowledge management and survey of approaches, sharing of information and best practices of ATVET in Africa
  • Anchoring of ATVET in the African Union (AU) structures and in the CAADP country processes and
  • Developing and assessment of pilot qualification measures for farmers, the youth, employed persons and service providers at a national level.

About the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF)

The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries is a Ministry in the Government of Uganda charged with creating an enabling environment in the Agricultural Sector.

The Ministry formulates, reviews and implement national policies, plans, strategies, regulations and standards and enforce laws, regulations and standards along the value chain of crops, livestock and fisheries.

Vision: A competitive, profitable and sustainable agricultural sector.

Mission: To transform subsistence farming to commercial agriculture.

Strategic Objectives

  • To initiate the formulation and review of the policy and legal framework for the sector
  • To establish and implement systems for service provision in the sector
  • To strengthen and implement strategies, regulatory framework, standards, institutional structures and infrastructure for quality assurance and increased quantities of agricultural products to access and sustain local, regional and export markets
  • To design and implement sustainable capacity building programmes for stakeholders in the agricultural sector through training, re-tooling, infrastructure, provision of logistics and ICT
  • To develop strategies for sustainable food security
  • To develop appropriate agricultural technologies for improved agricultural production, productivity and value addition through research
  • To develop effective collaborative mechanisms with affiliated institutions and
  • To take lead and establish a system and institutional framework for agricultural data collection, analyses, storage and dissemination to stakeholders including Uganda Bureau of Statistics.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) is made up of four Directorates including the Directorate of Crop Resources, Directorate of Animal Resources, Directorate of Agricultural Extension Services and the Directorate of Fisheries Resources each with Departments, Divisions and Partnership Projects.

The Departments of the Ministry which do not fall directly in the above include the Department of Agricultural Planning and Development, the Human Resource Department, the Department of Finance and Administration and the Department of Agricultural Infrastructure, Mechanisation and Water for Agricultural Production.

The Ministry is also made up of seven Agencies including the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS), Cotton Development Organisation (CDO), Dairy Development Authority (DDA), Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) and Coordinating Office for the Control of Trypanosomiasis in Uganda (COCTU) and the National Animal Genetic Resources Centre and Databank (NAGRC&DB).

For media-related inquiries and accreditation contact Solomon Kalema Musisi, Senior Communications Officer-Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries using the email below:

solomon.kalema@agriculture.go.ug