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User guide for remote and blended working

After a year adapting to the new normal, AVANTI has published a manual on remote and blended working.


Due to international travel restrictions, national lockdowns and social distancing, virtual events have been standing in for traditional face-to-face events. AVANTI, like many other projects that previously relied on international travel, had to adapt to the new normal.

Their new manual titled ‘A user-guide for remote/blended working’ shares a remote or blended approach to running AG-Scan workshops. It gives a general introduction to remote working and its benefits, and shares tips on the best software to use, how to prepare, how to present and how to conduct the self-assessment process virtually.

Ethel Sibanda commented:

‘We are excited to share this user-friendly manual that will provide colleagues with the tools and guidelines they need for effective online communication and organising online or blended AG-Scans.’

The manual does not comprehensively cover the AG-Scan process or the methodology. It must therefore be used in combination with existing guidelines and tools such as the AVANTI user-guide and the AVANTI flyer.

AVANTI aims to improve countries’ ability to measure Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) indicators that relate to agriculture and rural development. The initiative is implemented through a seven-step approach, running from identifying countries opting to participate, to implementation and monitoring their respective action plans. Central to this process is the AG-Scan methodology (agriculture capacity scan), which is based on the assessment of five pillars: Leadership, Evaluation & monitoring, Accountability & partners, Planning & budgeting, and Statistics.


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Get in touch with Ethel Sibanda (, if you are interested in discussing the manual or the AVANTI AG-Scans.