7gam programmeThe 7th Annual Meeting of the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) will take place from 3 - 6 October 2016 in Cameroon, with side events on 3 and 7 October. The topic is the Role of Rural Advisory Services (RAS) for Inclusive Agripreneurship. It will be preceded by the Annual Meeting of the West and Central African Network for Rural Advisory Services (in French: le Réseau des Services de Conseil Agricole et Rural d’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre, RESCAR-AOC), a GFRAS-GIZ workshop on the Role of RAS in Gender Mainstreaming in Value Chains, and accompanied by other relevant learning events. The meeting is organised by GFRAS in partnership with RESCAR-AOC, the African Forum of Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS), and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Cameroon.

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GFRAS Social Media Policy Guidelines Page 1For agricultural extension and advisory services (AEAS), social media presents a huge scope not just to communicate to the farmers  better and with efficiency, but also to act as innovation brokers in Agricultural Innovation Systems (AIS). And not just for the organizations, social media has made it easier for farmers to communicate with extension professionals, experts and peers in real  time. And with this increased potential to share views and ideas and easy access to information, discretion  becomes important for organizations to maintain professionalism in a new social world.

 

 

This publication is based on a study on the use of social media in RAS

ckw uganda 1The CKW system, a type of farmer-to-farmer extension, involves local networks of farmer-to-farmer peers serving as information intermediaries. They use smartphones and other information and communication technologies (ICTs) to reach fellow farmers with agricultural (livestock management, agronomic practices for crops), weather (seasonal and daily forecasts), and market price information. Their smartphone connects to a remote server called Salesforce, which provides access to real time agriculture, market price, and weather information.

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Training of Trainers to facilitate multi-stakeholder platforms & resource mobilization in Ethiopia

ethiopia ne trainingFollowing the first training of country fora in Ghana in August 2015, the Ethiopia’s recently established Training and Advisory service Directorate under the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resource Management requested AFAAS and GFRAS to conduct Training of Trainers (ToT) for its staff and CF members on the New Extensionist and multi-stakeholders facilitation skills for development. 

yurtYouth in Rural Advisory Services are crucial to develop and sustain effective, efficient, inclusive, and sustainable RAS systems. But youth in RAS is a complex issue, with many challenges - and opportunities - faced on different levels by many actors. In the GFRAS creative competition "Youth in RAS" young people working in agriculture and/or RAS were invited to reflect this topic in a creative way. The submissions were presented at the 6th GFRAS Annual Meeting and two winners selected.