5th GFRAS Annual Meeting 2014
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.
Country Forum of Madagascar founded
In July the country forum of Madagascar was founded under the name of "Forum of agriculture consu.tants" FCA (Forum des conseillers agricoles). The forum wants to be a platform for all actors and stakeholders in Rural Advisory Services to exchange knowledge and experiences, to produce and promote innovative approaches and to advocate and foster partnerships and collaborations between the various organisation that are active in RAS. FCA works closely with AFAAS.
Linking Agricultural Science to Smallholders
On 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.
GFRAS Highlights in 2013
presented by Kristin Davis, GFRAS Executive Secretary
Gender Equality in Rural Advisory Services
During 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.