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46th ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN SOCIETY FOR AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION

ANNOUNCEMENT, CALL FOR PAPERS & POSTERS AND REGISTRATION:

"EXTENSION POLICY REQUIREMENTS FOR IMPROVED
ACCOUNTABILITY: PROGRAMME PLANNING; DELIVERY / IMPLEMENTATION; MONITORING & EVALUATION"

THE DOCKLANDS HOTEL, DURBAN, KWAZULU NATAL PROVINCE, 8 MAY – 10 MAY, 2012



ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

The Board of SASAE is planning to hold the 2012 Annual Conference in KwaZulu Natal, May 8 – 10, 2012. The theme of the conference is. “Extension policy requirements for improved accountability: programme planning; delivery / implementation; monitoring & evaluation”.

There is no single Extension Policy Approach that can assist in all aspects of extension and development, but a policy is essential to assist in planning, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of all extension activities, projects and programmes. An extension policy should have clear guidelines on what extension should be focusing on while at the same time create some flexibility for extension to take full ownership and accountability of what they are introducing, or which change of behavior they finally would like to have.

Taking into account the need to address food insecurity, as a Global Issue, the conference is encouraging papers which can identify the critical issues that should be included in a policy, while at the same time look at the challenges deriving from non-flexible policies.
To facilitate this process, contributions relating to any of the following sub-themes are invited:

Issues of accountability in extension.

This sub theme seeks to create awareness about accountability. Where does accountability start? Is there a policy to guide the interactions of different partners?

Project and programme planning in extension.

What are the policy requirements in these areas are. Can public extension fill the demand for project and programme planning?

Monitoring and evaluation in extension.

What guides the process, is there a policy? What tools can be used in M & E, is there politically interference and how is it managed?

Extension deliverables.

What is the influence of policy in this area? What is the most expected outcome, is it the behavioral change or material e.g. infrastructure? Is extension done professionally?

CALL FOR PAPER AND POSTER SUBMISSIONS

Individuals and organisations/institutions are hereby invited to prepare proposals of papers or posters on:
Topics related to the central theme of the conference or any of the above related aspects.
Any other extension related proposals or submissions that are not directly related to the conference theme, but are of potential interest and value to conference participants

Research and philosophically based papers, as well as papers based on practical experience, will be considered. However, proposals related to the central conference theme will receive preference.

All proposals will be peer reviewed and for this purpose the following is required:
A summary of a minimum of 200 words, if possible, with clear reference to (a) Introduction (b) Purpose of the paper (c) Methods or data sources, (or reasoning used in theoretical/philosophical papers) (d) Results, (e) Conclusions and extension implications.

Separate title page with name(s) of author(s) and full contact information. E-mail address is especially important.
Submission by e-mail in Microsoft Word to the e-mail address below.
An indication whether the proposal is intended as a paper or as a poster presentation. More than one proposal may be submitted.

PROPOSALS ARE DUE NOT LATER THAN FEBRUARY 1, 2012 and should be sent to the Conference Secretary, E-mail:
ben@sasae.co.za  or Fax: 086 541 2166.


Presenters will be required to register for the conference and to pay the conference registration fee. If the Registration Fee is not paid, the paper will not be published in the proceedings.

The due date for completed papers and posters are 30 March 2012. If we do not receive your final paper by then, you will not be allowed to present at the conference. The paper must be in MS Word format for publication in the proceedings. MS PowerPoint presentation will not be accepted for publication. You may use MS PowerPoint for your presentation at the Conference.

CONFERENCE VENUE

The venue for the 46th Conference of SASAE will be The Docklands Hotel, Durban, KwaZulu Natal. The Docklands Hotel is situated at:
40 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Durban Waterfront, Point, Durban. 

ACCOMMODATION:

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The registration at the conference in Durban will start on the afternoon of 7 May 2012 and the Conference will start on 8 May 2012 at 09:00. The Conference will end with a Gala Dinner on the evening of 10 May 2012 and everybody will depart on 11 May 2012

REGISTRATION

The conference registration fee is R2 500.00 for members and R3 000.00 for non-members, registering on or before 12 March 2012. Both members and non-members registering after 12 March 2012 will pay R500 extra. Registration (payment) after 23 April 2012 will have additional charges (see online registration form). The conference registration fee covers: Conference proceedings, full conference facilities, all meals (excluding dinner on Monday 7 May 2012), teas and coffees with pastries or biscuits, an informal braai (barbecue), a gala dinner and bus transport for the conference excursion.

For registration, use the online registration form, but please do not mail your payment to us. Deposit your payment into the SASAE Account No.: 540 810 257, ABSA Bank, Branch Code: 334 745 (Lynnwood Road, Pretoria), Swift Code for International Members is: ABSA ZA JJ and fax or email a copy of your deposit slip, with clearly indicated reference information (Initials and Surname), to the Conference Secretary at Fax 086 541 2166 Email: ben@sasae.co.za  to secure your registration.

You will only be registered if you have submitted proof of payment and submitted the online registration form.

KEY DATES:

Deadline for abstracts: 1 February, 2012
Submission of papers, posters (electronically by e-mail: ben@sasae.co.za ) 30 March 2012
Notice of acceptance: 11 February, 2012
Early Registration: on or before 12 March 2012

ENQUIRIES CAN BE DIRECTED TO:

The Conference Secretary (Ben Stevens) Tel. 014 5332172; Fax: 086 5412166; Email: ben@sasae.co.za 
Ms. Marlise Bornman Tel 014 777 1559 Fax 014 777 1873 , Email: bornmanme@agric.limpopo.gov.za 
Ms. Bongi Bhengu Tel. 031 508 7491; Fax. 086 538 7003; Email: bongi.bhengu@sugar.org.za 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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