This study was part of a broader study that developed a framework for improving coordination
in the provision of Agricultural Support Services (ASS) to farmers in the Oshikoto region,
Namibia. This part of the study determined coordination linkages among various stakeholders
of ASS in the region, and the study revealed weak linkages among ASS providers, although a
significant eagerness for them to work together was identified and great emphasis was placed
on collaborative work plans and budgeting that needs to be in place for them to work together.
The input from the stakeholders on various ASS led to the suggested framework to improve the
coordination of and to strengthen ASS linkages in the Oshikoto region. The suggested
framework emphasises the importance of a bottom-up approach and that all ASS providers, as
well as farmers, must be represented at all decentralised structures. It is essential for
Agricultural Extension Specialists (AESs) to be represented at all the levels, as well as for
Subject Matter Specialists (SMSs) to give constant advice to the headmen and councillors in
the region. For this framework to be successful, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and
professional bodies should be in place, as well as financial investment and continuous
monitoring and evaluation (M & E).