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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FFS c FAO R GangaleThere 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. It is not standardised in a format that allows easy and rapid comparison of approaches. The Global Good Practices Initiative (www.betterextension.org) aims to bridge this gap by providing information about extension approaches and methods in easy-to-understand, standardised formats. It makes “Good Practice Notes” available online, as well as CDs and print.

GFRAS is calling for proposals to develop global good practice notes on integrating gender and nutrition in RAS. Indicative topics can be found in the special call for GGP notes on gender and nutrition. Deadline is 15 February 2016.

 

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.

video and rasVideos, especially digital ones, are a relatively new technology. Videos may help to meet the challenges of disseminating information to farmers and reaching the poor, marginalised, women, and young people. Some uses of video in agriculture include raising awareness, stimulating demand for support, farmer-to-farmer extension, training on agricultural innovations, stimulating creativity, and as a tool for documenting and monitoring and evaluation (M&E). 

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