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APESS workshop: West Africa, 2013

What strategies for capacity building of farmers in a context of improving the functions of livestock in the local development in West and Central Africa?

Strengthening of human capital is one of the essential conditions for agricultural transformation in a country, particularly in relation to the technical and managerial skills, knowledge and experience of farmers, ranchers and others. Many recent studies concerning the capacity of actors and Skills for Agricultural and Rural agree to emphasize that the needs of countries in West and Central Africa are very important, and that the current arrangements training are not always adapted to development issues. Today, the region is lagging behind in agricultural production, and depends to a large extent on imports of staple foods (meat, fish) to ensure supplies for its people. Education and training in agriculture are important in building the human capital needed for agricultural transformation. However, most strategies for capacity building developed for the agriculture sector are not always suited to the livestock sector, lifestyle, characterized by its mobility, and faced with multiple challenges and constraints that limit its impact on local development. A growing number of children (especially girls) in rural areas without access to primary education. Such that by adulthood, they will not be able to enjoy all the technical and economic information for the development of their activities. This lack of access of rural basic education and vocational training, particularly higher among farmers, is a formidable handicap in a world in transformation, and is a major issue in the coming years. Breeders who have service that can analyze their constraints, to identify opportunities, to express their needs, share knowledge and strengthen their bargaining power will have better access to relevant technologies.So as to drive the promotion of livestock development. The capacity building will have a direct impact on livestock productivity and performance of "family breeding of modern life," according to the policy options and strategic thrusts of the Association for the Promotion of Livestock in Sahel and Savannah (APESS).Improve the lot of farmers requires the establishment of a new distribution of power that would enable them to exercise real control over decisions affecting their livelihoods and their socioeconomic status. The complexity of the problem of capacity building and vocational training for farmers in West Africa and Central will need the experience of other continents (Africa, Latin America, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania).Possible and even desirable part of an International Symposium exchanges can be co-organized in the sub-region at the initiative of the network and APESS LifLod.