Caribbean Extension Network launched
A regional network for agriculture extension services has been launched at the Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) with the aim of boosting agricultural productivity. The Caribbean Agricultural Extension Providers Network (CAEPNet) is a collaboration between the University of the West Indies and Extension Service Providers in CARICOM.
"The network is a new association of extension leaders which intends to support the work of agriculture extension at a time when the Caribbean region's food import bill is increasing at an alarming rate. The kind of rate we're talking about is US$4.2B and we can't really afford to be producing no food and importing so much food that we like to eat and of course there are many things that we have to do," said UWI's Dr. David
4th GFRAS Annual Meeting
The Role of Private Sector and Producer Organisations in Rural Advisory Services
The 4th GFRAS Annual Meeting took place on 24-26 September in Berlin, Germany, with several side events on 23 September.
The keynote presentations as well as other sessions were live streamed and recorded on video.
The Integration of Nutrition into Extension and Advisory Services
A synthesis of experiences, lessons and recommendations
GFRAS and the World Bank’s Secure Nutrition Knowledge Platform supported a research project to examine the integration and linkages of nutrition within extension and advisory services (EAS) and workers in Africa, South Asia and the Americas. The major purpose of this work was to analyze and document the past, current and future EAS and the role that nutrition activities play within their portfolio. Through performing an extensive literature review, analyzing survey responses and conducting interviews with actors from worldwide development organizations, governmental agencies, educational and research institutions, and the private sector, this report summarizes the current state of knowledge on the role of nutrition in extension and advisory services.
See the report here.
Extension & Advisory Services for Agriculture Risk Management
Farmers worldwide face a wide variety of risks. These include climate and weather, pests and diseases, and natural catastrophes such as earthquakes or landslides. These risks can cause fluctuations in production, which damage livelihoods and contribute to consumer price volatility. The burden of risk is particularly heavy for smallholders in developing countries. However, more solutions are becoming available to manage risks, and extension services can play a key role.
Management Advice for Family Farms in West Africa
New agricultural advisory services have grown in Francophone Africa following the withdrawal of the State from agricultural extension responsibilities. Agricultural advisory services are once again the subject of increased attention in some countries (Cameroon, Benin, Burkina Faso, etc.), especially following the recent global food crises. Currently we observe a plurality of forms of advisory services provided by a variety of actors. Experiments in MAFF (Management Advice for Family Farms) conducted with French support for nearly two decades in many Francophone African countries have sought to promote comprehensive advice to farms, one that is based on learning methods. Support from various cooperative efforts (French, Dutch, Swiss, Belgian) also helped to test and adapt MAFF in different contexts.
- Caribbean Extension Meeting on “Networking for Change”
- 3rd RELASER Annual Meeting
- The 'New Extensionist': Roles, Strategies, and Capacities to Strengthen Extension and Advisory Services
- Atelier d’harmonisation des stratégies pour la mise en place de RESCAR-AOC
- 3rd GFRAS Annual Meeting
- Forums nationaux de l’AFAAS
- Building Knowledge Systems in Agriculture
- GFRAS Roster of Extension Experts
- GFRAS has joined the CIARD movement
- 3rd GFRAS Annual Meeting