Caribbean Extension Meeting on “Networking for Change”
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During the period 28 February - 1 March 2013, a regional meeting of extension experts was held at the St. Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), with representatives from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago. The meeting, which was hosted by the UWI in collaboration with the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Service (GFRAS) was convened under the banner “Networking for Change”.
4th GFRAS Annual Meeting: Registration is open
The Role of Private Sector and Producer Organisations in Rural Advisory Services
The 4th Annual Meeting of the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services will take place on 24-26 September at Hotel Park Inn, in Berlin, Germany. The meeting will contribute to thematic exchange on rural advisory services (RAS) and give participants the opportunity to discuss GFRAS strategic directions and functioning. Exchange and learning will take place in plenary and parallel sessions, group discussions, a share fair and a field trip (25 September). Side events will take place on 22-23 September. The 4th GFRAS Annual Meeting is hosted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the International Academy of Rural Advisors (IALB).
World Wide Extension Study
The Worldwide Extension Study (WWES) provides empirical data on the human and financial resources of agricultural extension and advisory systems worldwide. It was started in 2009 by IFPRI, FAO, and GFRAS, and is now housed on the GFRAS website.
The interactive database, with information human and financial resources of agricultural extension and advisory systems worldwide, also has regional, sub-regional, and country profiles of extension and advisory services.
Survey on Home Economics and Nutrition
GFRAS and The Secure Nutrition Knowledge Platform of the World Bank are undertaking a mapping exercise on home economics and nutrition in extension and advisory services and workers in Africa, South Asia, and the Americas.
The objective of this work is to map the past, current and future rural extension services that include nutrition, home economic and diet-related activities.
We are conducting a survey on the topic, which should take approximately 20 minutes to complete on-line.
3rd RELASER Annual Meeting
With more than 100 participants from different sectors, the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Latin American Network for Rural Extension Services took place in Santa Cruz, Bolivia from 10 to 12 October 2012. During the meeting, the main strategic topics of RELASER were ratified: innovation, generation of evidence and capacity building. The importance of the National Forums of RELASER were highlighted; Colombia and Paraguay presented their experiences and several new countries expressed their interest in building new forums. Additionally, a thematic group of academics from universities was build within the network that aim to contribute from their perspective.