The Forum for Agricultural Advisory Support and Services, Ghana (GFAASS) envisions “being the lead network facilitating agricultural advisory/extension support and services to sustainably transform agriculture to the benefit of all stakeholders.”
The Mission of GFAASS is: “to build capacity and empower stakeholders along agricultural value-chains through knowledge-sharing, resource mobilization and skills-development for sustainable improvements in agricultural productivity, food and nutrition security and livelihoods.”
GFAASS will pay close attention to its vision and mission statements and work towards their fulfillment. The vision and mission statements are meant to give direction and passion to GFAASS to drive its entire operations. These statements need to be clearly understood and communicated to all connected to GFAASS. The leadership of GFAASS will lead the way and use every opportunity that comes its way to communicate and broadly share the vision and mission among its personnel and members.
Goal and Objectives
The overall goal of GFAASS is to develop and promote a coordinated, inclusive and demand-driven agricultural advisory support and service network in Ghana.
The specific objectives of GFAASS are to:
1. Bring together Agricultural Advisory Support and Services (AASS) actors in Ghana and maintain a directory to the benefit of all stakeholders.
2. Promote the development of AASS networks at the national, regional and district level.
3. Link AASS stakeholders in Ghana with Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) processes and to other networks with similar goals such as the Network of Agricultural and Rural Advisory Services in West and Central Africa (NARAS_WCA), the African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) and the Global Forum for Rural advisory Services (GFRAS).
4. Identify opportunities for sharing, training and promoting AASS experiences and lessons on best fit practices among stakeholders.
5. Closely collaborate with AASS education and training institutions.
6. Actively interact with Agricultural Research bodies for the development and dissemination of relevant and proven technologies that will meet the needs of value-chain stakeholders.
7. Set standards and priorities for Agriculture Extension and Advisory Services in Ghana.
8. Certify and facilitate the regulation of all AASS actors (public, private, non-governmental, etc.) activities to ensure conformity with set standards.
9. Advocate for and influence policy decisions and practices to the benefit of all AASS stakeholders.
10. Mainstream gender in AASS.