Levels of advancement
The VS have no mechanism in place to inform
The capability of the VS to keep stakeholders informed, in a transparent, effective and timely manner, of VS activities and programmes, and of developments in animal health and food safety.
stakeholders of VS activities and programmes.
The VS have informal communication mechanisms.
The VS maintain an official contact point for
communications but it is not always up‐to‐date in providing information. 4. The VS contact point for communications provides up‐ to‐date information, accessible via the Internet and other
appropriate channels, on activities and programmes.
The VS have a well developed communication plan, and
actively and regularly circulate information to stakeholders.
Results Strengths : The VS have a training unit with strength in communication and extension The VS actively work with a communication officer from the Ministry of Agriculture in developing press releases There is good evidence of collaboration with NAU and MBN when communicating with stakeholders Weaknesses : Not using their own website as a communication platform Supporting documentation (documents or photos): Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry ‐ Press Release 31 July 2008: Suspected Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak at Kamutjonga village in Mukwe Constituency Kavango Region Press Release Press Release2 Detailed findings during visit: Communication/Information: The VS works closely with the media liaison officer of the Ministry of Agriculture in drafting and circulating press releases in case of disease outbreaks in their territory, and also in neighbouring countries. The VS maintains a good relationship with the local press. The VS is actively engaged in providing relevant technical information to the NAU and MBN newsletters in order to raise awareness among farmers.
Priorities/Recommendations Short Term : Establish an active and updated website as a platform for all aspects of VS
Medium / Long Term : Consider improvements to the communication network for communal farmers and other stakeholders north of the VCF.