Structure of ANAFE
Structurally (Figure 3), ANAFE is composed of a Secretariat which is based in Nairobi at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), a continental Board, four Regional Chapters called RAFTs (Regional Fora for Training): Eastern and Central Africa (ECA), Southern Africa (SA), the Sahelian countries (Sahel) and the African Humid Tropics countries (AHT). In these regions ANAFE members are Universities and colleges dealing with agriculture, agroforestry, forestry and other natural resources management areas. Members in each country are organised in national chapters called NAFTs (National Agricultural Fora for Training). Structurally, RAFTs report to ANAFE Board which in turn reports to the General Meeting of members. RAFTs coordinate the work of national chapters (NAFTs). The Executive Secretary is the one responsible for the overall management of the Network, in liaison with donors and partner organisations, information dissemination and reporting.

 Organogram of ANAFE.

ANAFE’s Comparative Advantages
With the number of good education and research networks in existence in Africa, the question “Why ANAFE?” is a reasonable one. ANAFE’s comparative advantage stems from many factors together in combination, the principal ones being:

  • ANAFE is well established, has a widespread membership base, and has been in existence since 1993.
  • ANAFE is pan-African in geographic reach, and has both a broad education and research mandate and agenda,
  • Most other education networks focus solely on graduate-level studies and research, whereas ANAFE also emphasises the quality and relevance of undergraduate and vocational agricultural education.
  • ANAFE does not work with the intention of patching up pressing weaknesses in TAE, but rather with the conviction that it is necessary to strategically transform the whole agriculture education system so it becomes better-positioned to meet and respond to today’s and tomorrow’s development challenges.
  • ANAFE relies on a highly decentralised, member-based structure, whereas most other networks because of more limited geographical, thematic or technical mandates operate with highly centralised structures. (ANAFE believes the decentralised approach helps promote appropriate and locally owned solutions suitable to the African context with better probability for sustainability once in place.)
  • ANAFE stresses relevance of work through consultation processes and the planning and implementations of interventions that address priorities defined by RAFTs and NAFTs, and are approved by the ANAFE Board.
  • ANAFE stresses sustainability of achievements through use of member institutions’ own social capital and financial resources stimulated by externally acquired seed monies.