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Phuhlisani has been awarded a grant by the Ford Foundation to work with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and key roleplayers in the three sectors to facilitate the development of a new integrated policy for extension and advisory services.

Phuhlisani is a consultancy with many years experience in the land and rural development sector. We have assembled a team with diverse skills who have worked locally and internationally.

David Mayson
David is Phuhlisani CEO and will lead the policy drafting team. 
He has over 20 years of experience working in the rural sector with resource-poor people. He focuses on livelihoods, local economic development, land reform and joint venture implementation.
Siyabu Manona
Siyabu will provide overall project management and will  be a member of the policy drafting team.He has over 20 years experience and has worked extensively with marginalized rural communities. He is a tenure specialist with a solid understanding of small holder support needs. 
Rick de Satge
Rick is Phuhlisani principal researcher and a policy dialogue and communication specialist.  
Rick has over thirty years experience as a practitioner and researcher in urban and rural development, agriculture, land reform and sustainable livelihoods. He has extensive policy and strategy development experience.
Boyce Williams
Boyce will provide relationship management and dialogue support.  
He has extensive experience in participatory research, mediation, community and process facilitation. He has over 30 years experience working in rural areas with small farmers. 
Ursula Smith
Ursula will provide project management and  logistics support. 
Ursula has 25 years work experience in the City of Cape Town and the private sector and is highly experienced logistics manager.
Dr Stephen Turner
Stephen will lead the review of trends in international extension and advisory services.
He is independent consultant at Stephen Turner Ltd, UK and was formerly a senior consultant at the Centre for Development Co-operation  at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam where he worked for 25 years.
Dr Steve Worth
Steve will lead the review of the state of agricultural extension and advisory services in SA, and contribute to the development of policy options.
He is a Senior Lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal focusing on teaching, research and community engagement in Agricultural Extension and Rural Resource Management (2005-present) and Community Resource Management (2001-2007). Steve has a many years of practical experience as an extension specialist. 
Associate Professor Mafaniso Hara
Mafa will focus on the state of fisheries extension and advisory services and the generation of  policy options for the fisheries sector.
Mafa works at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape. He is a  C2 rated National Research Foundation researcher,   and has 30 years experience  focusing on rural and coastal communities in South and Southern Africa.
Dr Moenieba Isaacs
Moenieba will work with Mafa. She works at PLAAS, UWC as a Senior Lecturer and is a specialist in policy making in the small scale fisheries sector.
Jeanette Clarke
Jeanette will focus on The state of forestry extension and advisory services, policy options and review. Jeanette is an independent consultant with 25 years work experience with a particular emphasis on forestry in the context of poverty reduction and livelihood security,  adaptive research and extension.

Drawing on experience
The team will work with a reference group which will provide additional expertise and peer review. However we regard the most most important voices as being those of farmers, foresters and fishers who work in a wide variety of settings and at vastly different scales. These producers are the focus of complex support networks driven by the national and provincial departments of agriculture, commodity organisations, input suppliers, financial institutions, state and independent research institutes.   

A national extension and advisory service has to find ways to priorititise needs and do this in a sustainable and cost effective manner. To develop policy which is practical and implementable and which recognises resource constraints will require us to think carefully about what has happened to government funded extension and advisory services in South Africa and internationally. This will form our initial focus.

Getting started
Our team has begun working on two reports to help contextualise the policy development process and enable us to consider a range of policy options:
  •  a rapid review of extension and advisory services in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors. Much work has already been done. Our task is to draw the threads together to develop a shared understanding of the state of South African extension. 
  •  the key shifts in international extension thinking and modes of delivery.
Shaping research led dialogue
These reports will be available online and will provide a starting point for research led dialogue. Phuhlisani recognises that there is enormous expertise in South Africa and the region. We aim to draw on this through online discussions and face to face interactions in the provinces.

Click the image for a view of: Phases in the policy development process
Phases in the policy development process
Posted: 6/26/2012 (5:28:07 AM)


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