2nd ANNUAL PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE ETHIOPIAN SOCIETY OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION (ESRDAE)

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2nd ANNUAL PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE ETHIOPIAN SOCIETY OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION (ESRDAE)

11-12 October, 2015

Hilton Hotel, Addis Ababa

TO BE HELD AS PART OF THE AFRICAN FORUM FOR AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY SERVICES (AFAAS) AFRICA WIDE AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION WEEK TO BE HELD ON 12-16 OCTOBER 2015 AT THE SAME VENUE

SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR PAPERS

The Role of Agricultural Extension in Sustainable Agricultural Development

Introduction

An indispensible precondition to agricultural development is the existence of extension professionals with the requisite knowledge and skills to drive the agricultural modernization process. Agricultural extension and advisory services are under pressure to make a positive difference in the lives of smallholder farm families and the resource base they depend on. This pressure is creating demands for continuing professional growth of extension personnel to develop the capacities to meet ever-growing demands for extension and advisory services.

The 2nd Annual Professional Conference of the Ethiopian Society of Rural Development and Agricultural Extension (ESRDAE) will be held on 11-12 October, 2015 at Hilton Hotel in Addis Ababa. The conference, whose main theme is ‘The Role of Agricultural Extension in Sustainable Agricultural Development’ is intended to create a joint forum for extension professionals to share their experiences and best practices in moving Agricultural Extension System forward.

All individuals and organizations involved in agricultural extension and support services are invited.

Conference sub-themes

 

  1. National Agricultural Extension Policies and strategies.

There will be a special session for discussing the Ethiopia Extension Strategy. Well researched papers on extension policies and strategies will be welcome.

  1. Conservation Agriculture,

 

Approaches and methods promoted to prevent soil, biodiversity, and forest resources from losses and contributed to improve livelihoods and development.

 

  1. Empowerment of Farmers

 

Extension approaches and services that help farmers to make sound decisions in light of sustainable development. All kinds of creative organizational forms of farmers and extension workers, policy measures and associated programs, networks, advocacy practices in light of sustainable development falls in to this category

 

  1. Training and education

 

Training approaches, knowledge sharing mechanisms, curriculums that reelects a balanced view on increasing productivities and carrying for the environment

 

  1. Local Innovation

 

All approaches, methods and experiences on identifying, developing and sharing local innovations in agriculture and natural resource management, which is in agreement with boosting production and contributing to combat climate change effects

  1. Approaches and methods for enabling innovation

Approaches and methods which include organizational and institutional setups created to facilitate innovation development by different organizations and initiatives. This also includes innovation platforms, research- extension-farmer linkage mechanisms.

Objective for the conference

  • To share experiences on best fit extension practices and success stories relating to the theme and sub-themes.

Expected Outputs

  • Best fit extension practices and success stories shared.

Call for papers

Papers are invited on research and other experiences in extension. While conceptual papers will be considered, preference will be given to papers based on practical experiences related to the conference theme.

The deadline for submitting full papers is 15 August, 2015. Please send your papers to:

Chimdo Anchala, e-mail: chimdo.anchala@gmail.com

and

Elias Zerfu, e-mail: Ezerfu@yahoo.com

Registration for the ESRDE Conference

All participants will be required to pay a registration fee of Birr 150.00 on arrival. This fee will cover all expenses related to the conference.

For planning purposes, we would be grateful if you could complete the registration form below and send it to Chimdo and Elias by 15 August, 2015.

Registration for the AFAAS Extension Week

Please see details in AFAAS Announcement www.afaas-africa.org

Sponsorship

As the Society does not have funds to sponsor participants. We appeal to employers (MoA, regional bureaus of agriculture, development partners, universities and colleges) to encourage their staff to participate and to cover the costs (transport and accommodation) of their participation. The conference will greatly enhance the professional growth of your staff.

GUIDELINES FOR FULL PAPERS

Outline

The following is a suggested structure for full papers:

  • Title
  • Authors name(s), institutional affiliation(s)
  • E-mail address for the corresponding author only
  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Materials and Methods/methodology
  • Results and Discussions
  • Summary
  • Acknowledgements
  • References

General. The main section headings should be bolded, capitalized and left justified. The section headings (or subheadings) should also be bolded, left justified but with only the first letter capitalized. Further subdivision(s) of the text is generally not recommended. However, if a third level subdivision is used, this should be bolded, first letter capitalized, and on the same line of the paragraph.

Papers should be written on A4 paper, single spaced, leaving a margin of 2.54 cm (1’’) on all four sides of the paper, and limited to a maximum of 8 pages. Use Times New Roman, Font # 12 throughout the document.

Title. The title should be brief, concise, informative and accurately describe the contents of the paper. The title should not exceed 15 words. There is no need for a separate title page

Author(s) Address(es) . The names of author(s) should be given without title(s) and/or academic qualifications. Authors should provide full mailing address, of the corresponding author.

Abstract. An abstract not exceeding 250 words in length should be informative, self-explanatory and not contain references. The abstract should clearly state the rationale and objective of the study, tell why and how the study was done, what the results were, why they are important, and what new facts or information has been obtained from the investigations.

References. Articles or books published or ‘in press’ may be quoted, cited or referred to in the paper. Arrange your references in alphabetical order. For journal articles, the reference(s) should have the following sequence: author(s) name(s) followed by author(s) initial(s); year; title of paper; name of journal, volume number; and page number(s). Only the first word and proper nouns should be capitalized. Chapters in books include: author(s) name(s), year, chapter, title, pages, editor(s), book title, publisher and city. Conference or symposium proceedings should include: editor(s), date and place of symposium, publisher and page numbers.

Titles of journals must be given in full, and not abbreviated. Reference to personal communication, and documents not available to general scientific public, should as much as possible be avoided. However, if these are cited in the text, they should not be included in the ‘Reference’ section. In the text, give name(s), date, and institution or organization that provided the information.

Figures and Tables. Figures should be drawn in black ink on white paper and of a size that allows for reduction in size of up to 50%. Figures produced on computer using standard graphic packages, such as Havard Graphics, Excel of Freelance, are equally acceptable. Photographs, if they need to be included, should be supplied in black on white paper. Colour photographs may be supplied but owing to high production costs, these may be produced in black and white.

Figures and tables should be self-explanatory and selected to illustrate significant points made in the text. The word table should have the ‘T’ capitalized and placed at the top left hand corner. Also the word figure should have the ‘F’ capitalized and placed at the bottom left hand corner. Captions should be short and brief, but adequately describe the contents of the figure or table. Tables and figures should be numbered in Arabic numerals. The word Table should always be spelt out in full, but the word Figure, which should be spelt out in full in the caption, may be abbreviated to Fig in the text.

Units of measurement. SI units (i.e., metric units) should be used throughout the text. In the event that non-metric units are used, or are preferred, metric equivalents should be given at least once when they are first used in the paper.

Abbreviations. Abbreviations may be used in the text in the interest of brevity and conciseness provided these are explained and spelt out in full when first mentioned or used in the text. Avoid the use of non-standardized abbreviations.

Length of papers. A maximum of 8 single spaced pages.

Only full papers meeting the above requirements will be accepted. No abstracts will be considered.

2nd ANNUAL PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE ETHIOPIAN SOCIETY OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION (ESRDAE)

11-12 October, 2015

Hilton Hotel, Addis Ababa

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