large 530x290 newsThroughout  2014 – the International Year of Family Farming, a series of multi stakeholder policy dialogue fora have highlighted the present and potential contribution of family farmers to eradicating poverty, safeguarding the environment, and  nurturing our planet. As the IYFF enters its final phase, a Global Dialogue on Family Farming (GDFF), held on 27-28 October in Rome,  brought together government representatives, family farmers and their organizations, civil society, private sector, academia and development agencies, to take stock of the momentum created and set the tone for a pro-family farming agenda for action post-2014.
GFRAS together with FAO organised a side event on "Rural Advisory Services for Family Farming".

CFS 41 Look Small ENcfs ms 175The 41st session of the Committee on World Food Security CFS took place at FAO in Rome on 13 - 18 Octobner 2014 under the theme of "Making a difference in food security and nutrition". The CFS 41 informed on the state of food insecurity in the world and seeked to provide guidance around key food security and nutrition issues. Several side events were held, among others to the topics of Building Cohesion on Talent DevelopmentFood Safety and Quality: Essential Ingredients in the Recipe for Food Security Supporting Family FarmingSmallholders’ Access to Inputs in Africa, and The Contribution of Fisheries & Aquaculture to Food Security. GFRAS was represented by Mohammed Ali, PMAS-Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

 

There is plenty of information available in the public domain that covers various aspects of extension and know-how about new methodologies for implementation.  However this information is often scattered and presented in complex academic language. Hence practitioners, who often have very limited time and/or may only have basic formal education, find it difficult to make use of this information.  

The Global Good Practices Initiative aims to bridge this gap by providing information about extension approaches and methods in easy-to-understand formats. As part of this effort, it makes “Good Practice Notes” available to all on a downloadable website.

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RAS policies - evidence and practice

5thannualmeetingThank you all for participating or following the meeting! It was a great pleasure seeing you again, getting to know you for the first time, exchanging experiences and knowledge, and working and learning together. 
In the coming weeks we will publish on this page more videos, pictures and eventually the conclusions and minutes of the meeting and its side events. For now you can find some photos of the meeting on flickr

See you all next year in Kyrgyzstan!

 

RAS policies – evidence and practice

 

The 5th GFRAS Annual Meeting  will take place on 23-25 September 2014 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The meeting will contribute to thematic exchange on rural advisory services (RAS) and give participants the opportunity to discuss GFRAS strategic directions and functioning. This year’s GFRAS Annual Meeting will foster exchange and learning on evidence-based RAS policies and actions to influence them – an important step towards effective RAS, rural development, and poverty reduction.

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