about 1The Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services GFRAS is about enhancing the performance of advisory services so that they can better serve farm families and rural producers, thus contributing to improved livelihoods in rural areas and the sustainable reduction of hunger and poverty. Rural advisory services help to empower farmers and better integrate them in systems of agricultural innovation. The GFRAS structure reaches smallholder farmers via the regional rural advisory services networks, which are made up of national-level platforms. The national platforms include actors from all sectors working in rural advisory services, and work directly with smallholders. National platforms help prioritise national-level issues and formulate demands to be taken to the regional and global levels.

Vision & Mission

Our vision is for rural advisory services to effectively contribute to agricultural innovation systems for sustainable development. 

Our mission is to provide advocacy and leadership on pluralistic and demand-driven rural advisory services for sustainable development.

Strategic fields of action 

To achieve its mission and vision, GFRAS focuses on the three strategic fields of action, discussed below. In doing so, it pursues outcomes (changes in behaviour) related to the enabling environment, institutions and organisations (focusing on regional networks as the core of the forum), and human resource development (individual capacities). 

Strategic field 1: Advocacy and support for an enabling policy environment and appropriate investment in rural advisory services

Strategic field 2: Professionalisation of rural advisory services

Strategic field 3: Facilitation and enhancement of effective and continuous knowledge generation and exchange


about 2Many challenges exist in agriculture and rural development today, including food price crises, natural resource depletion, changing and uncertain markets, environmental degradation, and climate change. Countries worldwide are affected, regardless of their social, economic, or political status. Additionally, in spite of national and international development efforts, there is still persistent rural poverty, and global nutrition challenges. Rural advisory services are fundamental to supporting people to deal with existing and new challenges, and to improve the livelihoods of rural people worldwide.



# Assistant Publicity Officer , Agriculture Extension Sindh PakistanMustafa Nangraj 2015-08-08 19:21
It is good forum. My suggestion is start sub forums of it in different countries / regions and organize seminars / workshops to discuss rural advisory service. Out comes of the events can include and implement on global level.
# Mr.Kebba Ceesay 2016-03-10 14:40
One of the best ways to make people especially the poor to have better life is through Agriculture. It takes some people long time to realize that Agricultural is the way to get wealth of money and food in life..Please, do more and more in your commitment and convince people to take up Agriculture as a solution to their economic problems.
.I am from a village in Foni Bintang Karanai District, in West Coast Region of The Gambia. This year, I strongly have in mind to embark on vegetable gardening or horticulture and I need your advice before I start the project.
# RAS in GambiaLorenz Schwarz 2016-03-14 11:36
Hi Kebab
Thanks for your comment - we entirely agree with it. Regarding your question about horticulture I'd like to direct you to our page about Gambia, there you might find organizations better qualified to answer it then GFRAS. See http://www.g-fras.org/en/world-wide-extension-study/africa/western-africa/gambia.html#extension-providers
# Mrs.Caroline Nyaplue-Daywhea 2016-11-30 13:55
I hold a Master of philosophy in agricultural extension and lecturer at the college of Agriculture and Sustainable development- Cuttington university-Liberia.I am in the process of writing a proposal in title INTEGRATING EXTENSION FUNCTIONS INTO ICTS: CONNECTING SMALLHOLDER FARMERS TO AGRO-INFORMATION in two counties of Liberia but do not know funding agencies that are interested in this. Therefore, I will like to know if you can fund researchers to undertake such work?. Thank you.