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4th Ruforum Biennial Regional Conference

21. July 2014 -
25. July 2014

Maputo, Mozambique

African Higher Education Week: Celebrating Contribution of Universities and Partners to Africa’s Agricultural Development’

29th International Horticultural Congress

17. August 2014 -
22. August 2014

Brisbane, Australia

The theme of the 2014 congress is 'Horticulture - sustaining lives, livelihoods and landscapes'. We've chosen this theme to highlight the unique potential of horticulture addressing the key issues of modern society - health, poverty, food production and the environment. Horticulture matters to us all, whether we are involved in research, extension, education, or servicing horticulture in commercial, amenity or environmental horticulture, in both developed or developing countries. In the spirit of scientific cooperation and sharing knowledge globally, the Congress will showcase advanced technologies that are becoming globally significant in a world with a rapidly growing population, less cultivatable land and an environment under threat.

International Conference on Asian Food Security (ICAFS) 2014

21. August 2014 -
22. August 2014


Towards Asia 2025: Policy and Technology Imperatives

Asia faces serious challenges to its food security. Changing demographics and consumption patterns, productivity decline in agriculture, degradation of natural resource base, food price volatility, rising input costs, as well as transformation of supply chains and the “supermarket phenomenon”, are but a few of these. Add to this the various anticipated short- to medium-term trends, and it becomes clear that focused efforts towards mitigating the challenges are urgently needed. 

The complexity of food security, dynamism of supply chains and the space offered by Asia’s institutional changes are creating both challenges and opportunities for the region. In light of prevailing and foreseeable trends that have direct consequences for the region’s food security, the second International Conference on Asian Food Security (ICAFS) organised by the RSIS Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies will focus strongly on Asia’s response towards the thinking horizon of 2025.

BIT's 4th Annual World Congress of Agriculture

29. August 2014 -
31. August 2014

Changchum, China

Theme: Accelerating Agricultrue Modernization


Facilitating Information and Innovations for Family Farmers

2. September 2014 -
4. September 2014

Zanjan, Iran

1st International Conference of APIRAS and the 5th Congress of Extension and Education in Agriculture and NRM

Aims of the conference are:

  • To promote dialogue and exchange of practical and theoretical experiences on the situation of extension and education and RASs systems related to food security, sustainability of family farmers’ livelihoods and sustainable natural resources management

  • To understand challenges and required strategies and approaches of extension education and RASs systems for food security, the sustainability of family farmers’ livelihoods, and sustainable natural resources management

  • To enhance the status and role of extension education and RASs systems for empowering farmers, cooperatives and producer organizations

  • Identification, documentation and sharing lessons learned and successful experiences of  the role of producer organizations, private sector, NGOs and government in extension education and RASs systems, particularly for providing their services to small scale family farmers

  • To provide advocacy for taking the attention of policy makers, managers, and scholars to redefine the status of family farming in agricultural development main policies

  • To analyze local, national and international strategies for supporting family farming


    Producer Organisations (PO) in Agricultural Markets

    4. September 2014 -
    5. September 2014

    Toulouse, France

    Collective action in agriculture is receiving an increasing interest, both in developed and developing countries. Given the market globalization and the consolidation in the processing and retailing sectors, the organizations of agricultural producers can be instrumental in obtaining more efficient market outcomes and possibly fairer surplus distributions. The objective of the workshop is to discuss recent theoretical and empirical contributions on the role of producers’ organizations for the functioning of food markets.

    Balkan Agriculture Congress

    8. September 2014 -
    10. September 2014

    Edirne, Turkey

    The congress will be organized by Trakya University in Edirne, Turkey. Main organizers are also Namık Kemal University, Onsekizmart University, Agriculture University of Plovdiv, Trakia University- Stara Zagora, Democritus University of Thrace.

    The congress is intended that the agricultural subjects should be kept broad in order to provide opportunity to the science community to present their work as oral or poster presentations that can be off value for agriculture. 

    The outlook for family farms – an international exchange of experience“

    11. September 2014 -
    12. September 2014

    Berlin, Germany

    In the context of the International Year of Family Farming the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture will host a two-day symposium.

    Advisory service networking promotion towards Eastern Europe for Agriculture and Rural Development

    14. September 2014 -
    16. September 2014

    Jūrmala, Latvia

    A conference by EUFRAS, the European Forum for Agricultural and Rural Advisory Services


    The purpose of the conference is to share actualities of different international networking possibilities and promote cooperation with Eastern European countries.

    The conference is open to representatives from agricultural governmental organizations, rural and agricultural advisory organizations from EU, Central and Eastern Europe and NGOs active in rural areas.

    The main themes of the conference:


    • EUFRAS networking with Eastern Europe - advisory services motivation to cooperate

    • EUFRAS Regional Sub-networks

    • Thematic networks as platform for experts meetings and qualification improvement

    • Joint actions to increase the capacity of advisory services in developing countries 

    Find more information in this document: docEUFRAS_Invitation_to_conference_September2014.doc94 KB

    Tropentag 2014: Bridging the gap between increasing knowledge and decreasing resources

    17. September 2014 -
    19. September 2014

    Prague, Czech Republic

    International Conference on Research on Food Security, Natural Resource Management and Rural Development

    Bridging the gap between increasing knowledge and decreasing resources

    5th GFRAS Annual Meeting 2014 Argentina

    22. September 2014 -
    26. September 2014

    Buenos Aires, Argentina


    The 5th GFRAS Annual Meeting 2014 will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 23 - 25 September, with side events on 22 and 26 September. 

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    Promoting Agricultural Trade to Enhance Resilience

    8. October 2014 -
    10. October 2014

    This year's annual ReSAKSS conference will take place on 8-10 October 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The theme of the conference will be “Promoting Agricultural Trade to Enhance Resilience”. More information will be provided later; please stay tuned and mark your calendar.

    2nd International Conference on Agricultural and Rural Development in Southeast Asia

    12. November 2014 -
    13. November 2014

    Manila, Philippines

    Strengthening Resilience, Equity and Integration in ASEAN Food and Agriculture Systems

    The conference aims to provide a venue for sharing the wide and diverse knowledge pool on ARD that exists within and beyond the Southeast Asian region. It endeavors to highlight creative and innovative technological and practical approaches in the various processes of the agricultural system, showcase and derive useful lessons from institutional successes (and failures) in the management of the agricultural system and rural communities, and draw evidence-based policy implications to guide regional, national and sub-national policies and initiatives in the context of intensified regional cooperation and integration.

    Future Internet and ICT Innovation in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

    13. November 2014 -
    14. November 2014

    Debrecen, Hungary

    The fundamental aim of the conference is to promote non-profit, research and business professionals in the sphere of exchange of experience and hence the development of international relations. This conference provides a forum for agriculture related professionals, professors, lecturers and PhD students to exchange information on education, research, applications and developments of Information Technologies in Agriculture and Rural Development and publish the most recent results. It covers a wide array of topics. Official conference language is English/Hungarian.

    Regional Conference on Rural Advisory Services (RAS) in Central Asia and the Caucasus

    17. November 2014 -
    21. November 2014

    Issyk Kul, Kyrgyz Republic


    Poor linkages between researchers, advisory services systems, farmers, especially women farmers, private sector stakeholders and policy makers are a common issue in the countries in the Central Asia and the Caucasus (CAC) region. The unsystematic level of interaction undermines the ability of farmers to access and introduce innovative technologies and practices on their farms, and thus deprives them of innovationbased opportunities to improve their productivity, profitability and their livelihoods. In view of this challenge, CACAARI (Central Asia and the Caucasus Association of Agricultural Research Institutes) and CACFRAS (Central Asia and the Caucasus Forum for Rural Advisory Services), a still informal regional platform of GFRAS (Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services), have decided to join efforts and undertake joint actions towards strengthening Rural Advisory Service Systems in the region. The goals are to learn from each other, develop common approaches, and coordinate efforts to strengthen agricultural innovation systems in the region.

    In autumn 2014 CACAARI and CAC-FRAS, in collaboration with GFAR (Global Forum on Agricultural Research) and MEAS (Modernising Extension and Advisory Services) and possibly other partners, will organise a joint Regional Conference on Rural Advisory Services in the Issyk Kul region of the Kyrgyz Republic.

    icon pdf CAC RAS conference announcement english (pdf 334KB)

    icon word Registration Form english (doc 790KB)

    icon pdf CAC RAS conference announcement russian (pdf 369KB)

    icon word Registration Form russion (doc 792KB)


    22nd European Seminar on Extension and Education

    28. April 2015 -
    1. May 2015

    Wageningen, The Netherlands

    The conference will provide an opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences among university staff, private and professional personnel and others who are involved in Extension and Education. This is also an excellent opportunity to look back at the development of competencies and their impact on Extension and Education.. We would like to exchange thoughts about the development of our field and also to look forward towards the future. Whereas the input during the conference will be predominantly given by researchers and academics, professionals from extension and education practice are equally welcome. We will make an effort that practitioners will benefit from and contribute to the program.

    Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) · c/o Agridea Eschikon 28 · 8315 Lindau · Switzerland · Tel. 0041-(0)52 354 97 64 · This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.