logo-blockRAS 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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ruforumOn 22 July, Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) together with the African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) and GFRAS hold a side event at the 4th Bienniel Conference of the Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM). The side event with the title of "Extension education and training: A link for translating outputs of agricultural science to meet smallholder farmers’ needs in Africa" wanted to explore how outputs of agricultural science can be translated into extension curricula to meet national and farmers’ needs. 

presented by Kristin Davis, GFRAS Executive Secretary

Sanne-Chipeta 4During recent years there has been increased global attention to women’s equal economic opportunities. Women’s roles in agricultural production are a central aspect of this , as well as the perspective of improving food and nutritional security for poor families. Women’s equal access to rural advisory services is therefore crucial. 

GFRAS through its host AGRIDEA, the Swiss Association for the Development of Agriculture and Rural Areas, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome, Italy. 

While in Rome, the GFRAS Steering Committee elected a new chair and co-chair for the next two years.