3rd GFRAS Annual Meeting, Philippines 2012

APIRAS Logo 415x155The Role of Rural Advisory Services in Agricultural Innovation Systems

26-28 September 2012, Manila, Philippines

icon pdf Shared position on RAS role in AIS - meeting conclusions (pdf 248KB)

icon pdf Minutes (pdf 1MB)

icon pdf Programme (pdf, 90KB) 
Side events: APIRAS meeting, Farmers' Experiences,
Gender in RAS, Extension Policies

icon pdf Participants list (pdf, 319KB)

icon target Find the presentations below

The 3rd Annual Meeting of the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) took place on 26-28 September at The Heritage Hotel, Manila, the Philippines, hosted by the Asia-Pacific Islands Rural Advisory Services (APIRAS) Network. The meeting  contributed to thematic exchange on rural advisory services (RAS) and gave participants the opportunity to discuss GFRAS strategic directions and functioning. Exchange and learning took place in plenary and parallel sessions, group discussions, and a field trip (tentative date: 27 September).

Objectives of the meeting

The objectives of the 3rd GFRAS Annual Meeting were:

  1. Understand and agree on the role of RAS in agricultural innovation systems (AIS)
  2. Strengthen RAS networks for results-oriented activities
  3. Update participants on progress in GFRAS

Main agenda items

The role of rural advisory services in agricultural innovation systems

In reaction to a changing political, social, and economic environment, RAS increasingly play a knowledge, service provision, and brokering role in AIS, helping actors such as farmer organisations, market players, research, and education to improve their activities and linkages. The 3rd GFRAS Annual Meeting will focus on how RAS contribute to success in AIS. Participants will discuss the importance of RAS, their role in the AIS, how this role can be adjusted to changing realities, capacities needed by individuals, organisations, and extension systems to perform this role, and which incentives and enabling environment are required.

RAS fora: Strengthening networking for results

GFRAS and regional RAS networks are engaged in exchange of experiences, creation of partnerships with AIS actors, and awareness raising on the importance of RAS. The RAS fora will discuss how their networking and collaboration can strengthen the role of RAS in AIS and rural development. Cross-regional sharing of experience and lessons learnt will support RAS fora in their future activities.

Progress reporting on GFRAS activities

As the central GFRAS event for discussing strategic directions and functioning, the meeting will be a space for progress reporting and planning. Recommendations to GFRAS and regional RAS fora from the 2nd GFRAS Annual Meeting in 2011 in Kenya and the Nairobi Declaration will be followed up. The GFRAS working groups and secretariat will present activities and results generated in 2012. Key documents will be validated.

New approaches and issues of interest in RAS

Participants had the opportunity to share and discuss their own experience with peers during a share fair. This session was not focused on a specific theme, but rather helped to identify new areas of interest and interaction. It contributed to sharing of information and the creation of links and partnerships between participants.

icon pdf Announcement (pdf 161KB)
icon pdf Flyer (pdf, 533KB)


The Role of Rural Advisory Services (RAS) in Agricultural Innovation Systems (AIS)

icon pdf A.P. Saliot: The role of RAS in the Philippine AIS (pdf 1.8MB)

icon pdf R.S. Vadakkel: The role of RAS in AIS (pdf 425KB)


Strengthening RAS Links and Institutions in Agricultural Innovation Systems

icon pdf E. Ruz: Integrative Vision of PROCISUR (pdf 3MB), Annex, Spanish presentation, Spanish Annex

icon pdf M. Kuegler: European Innovation Partnership (pdf 507KB)

icon pdf M. Blum: AIS in Family Farming and the Role of Innovation Brokerage (pdf 5MB)


Capacities and Policies for Effective RAS in Agricultural Innovation Systems

icon pdf R. Murray-Prior: Framework for Enhancing RAS Contribution to AIS (pdf 626KB)

icon pdf Ch. Ketter: Strengthening Public Extension Services and Agricultural Education in Timor Leste (pdf 2MB)

icon pdf O.I. Oladele: Improving Extension Services in AIS- ExtensionRrecovery Plan in South Africa (pdf 515KB)


Business Orientation in RAS and Agricultural Innovation Systems

icon pdf S.G. Kim, M.H. Lee: Case Study on RDA - PLA model with Agriculture SMEs in the Republic of Korea (pdf 3MB)

icon pdf M. Hird-Younger: Building Business Entrepreneurship and Innovation Skills (pdf 489KB)

icon pdf Y. Zhou: Strengthening Extension - The Role of the Private Sector and ICT (pdf 783KB)

GFRAS Activities since Nairobi 2011

icon pdf K. Davis: GFRAS Activities Since Nairobi (pdf 440KB)


Results Oriented Networking


icon pdf K. Davis: Progress Reporting on GFRAS Function 3 since Nairobi 2012 (pdf 220KB)

icon pdf E. Waldmeier: Certifying European Consultants in Rural Areas - An IALB Lead Initiative (pdf 590KB) 

icon pdf F. Aguirre: Results-oriented Policy Dialogue to Strengthen RAS - The RELASER Case (pdf 681KB) 

icon pdf S.M. Nahdy et al.: Strengthening Agricultural Extension in Africa - AFAAS Role in Supporting AAS Reforms (pdf 786KB)


icon pdf Field Trip Description (pdf 157KB)

icon pdf Assignment for participants (pdf 107KB)

A1 Cyber Village Apalit

icon pdf Introduction (pdf 4.8MB)

icon pdf Municipal Agricultural Extension Services Introduction (pdf 3.6MB)

icon pdf Conclusions-Participants (pdf, 501KB)


icon pdf Introduction (pdf 13.4MB)

icon pdf Introduction Office Provincial Agriculturist Cavite (pdf 8.5MB)

icon pdf Conclusions (pdf 228KB)


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