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GFRAS
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2015

Os Serviços de Extensão e Consultivos (EAS na sigla inglesa, Extension and Advisory Services)1 desempenham um papel importante no desenvolvimento da agricultura para segurança alimentar e da nutrição, soberania alimentar e estabilidade económica. No entanto, muitos serviços consultivos requerem novas capacidades para abordarem os atuais desafios que a agricultura enfrenta, a fim de contribuir melhor para a inovação agrícola – um processo que exige interações e o fluxo de conhecimentos entre uma vasta gama de atores no sistema de inovação agrícola (AIS na sigla inglesa, Agricultural Innovation System)2. Nos últimos anos, verificou-se que o cenário da extensão se tornou mais pluralista, com uma participação crescente do setor privado (insumos agrícolas, agronegócio, serviços financeiros), das organizações não-governamentais (internacionais e locais), grupos de produtores, cooperativas e associações, consultores (independentes e os ligados a associações de agronegócio e/ou de produtores) e serviços baseados nas tecnologias da informação e comunicação (TIC). Esse pluralismo, porém, não é bem compreendido por planeadores, decisores políticos, investigadores e até mesmo pelos consultores dos serviços de extensão.

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Os Serviços de Extensão e Consultivos (EAS na sigla inglesa, Extension and Advisory Services)1 desempenham um papel importante no desenvolvimento da agricultura para segurança alimentar e da nutrição, soberania alimentar e estabilidade económica. No entanto, muitos serviços consultivos requerem novas capacidades para abordarem os atuais desa os que a agricultura enfrenta, a m de contribuir melhor para a inovação agrícola – um processo que exige interações e o uxo de conhecimentos entre uma vasta gama de atores no sistema de inovação agrícola (AIS na sigla inglesa, Agricultural Innovation System)2. Nos últimos anos, veri cou-se que o cenário da extensão se tornou mais pluralista, com uma participação crescente do setor privado (insumos agrícolas, agronegócio, serviços nanceiros), das organizações não-governamentais (internacionais e locais), grupos de produtores, cooperativas e associações, consultores (independentes e os ligados a associações de agronegócio e/ou de produtores) e serviços baseados nas tecnologias da informação e comunicação. Esse pluralismo, porém, não é bem compreendido por planeadores, decisores políticos, investigadores e até mesmo pelos consultores dos serviços de extensão. 

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Author:
Burton E. Swanson & Kristin Davis
Version:
2014

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), working in collaboration with the University of Illinois (UIUC), FAO, and the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS), developed the Worldwide Extension Study database as part of the assessment of the status of agricultural extension and advisory services worldwide between 2009-2013.  Also collaborating were the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the Danish Agricultural Advisory Services (DAAS), and the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD).  The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supported the work. This report briefly outlines the status of public extension in these countries by region and sub-region. Much more detailed information, data, web links, and secondary documents on most countries can be found at http://www.g-fras.org/en/world-wide-extension-study.html

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Author:
GFRAS
Version:
2012

Roles, Estrategias y Capacidades para Fortalecer los Serviciosde Extensión y Asesoría

GFRAS NuevoExtensinista screen Page 01A pesar que durante los últimos años se ha discutido mucho sobre el fortalecimiento de la extensión y asesoría en apoyo a las comunidades rurales, menos se sabe acerca de cómo construir las capacidades necesarias dentro de los servicios de extensión y asesoría (SEA). Tampoco se sabe lo suficiente sobre el papel que juegan los SEA dentro del sistema de innovación agrícola (SIA). Es por esto que este documento pretende llenar este vacío de conocimiento mediante la articulación de una nueva visión de los SEA dentro de los SIA, a lo que llamamos el «Nuevo Extensionista», reconociendo que esto no sólo se trata de funciones y capacidades individuales, sino a nivel organizacional y de sistema. El documento analiza las formas de desarrollar las capacidades necesarias para poner en práctica la referida visión en estos niveles.

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GFRAS
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2012

Roles, Estrategias y Capacidades para Fortalecer los Serviciosde Extensión y Asesoría

GFRAS NuevoExtensinista screen Page 01A pesar que durante los últimos años se ha discutido mucho sobre el fortalecimiento de la extensión y asesoría en apoyo a las comunidades rurales, menos se sabe acerca de cómo construir las capacidades necesarias dentro de los servicios de extensión y asesoría (SEA). Tampoco se sabe lo suficiente sobre el papel que juegan los SEA dentro del sistema de innovación agrícola (SIA). Es por esto que este documento pretende llenar este vacío de conocimiento mediante la articulación de una nueva visión de los SEA dentro de los SIA, a lo que llamamos el «Nuevo Extensionista», reconociendo que esto no sólo se trata de funciones y capacidades individuales, sino a nivel organizacional y de sistema. El documento analiza las formas de desarrollar las capacidades necesarias para poner en práctica la referida visión en estos niveles.

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Author:
GFRAS
Version:
2015

GFRAS 5y highlights web Page 01The fifth anniversary of GFRAS provides an opportunity to celebrate the past as well as look to the future. With that in mind, we offer you this snapshot of our accomplishments over the past half-decade and a taste of what lies ahead for us as the international community defines the global sustainable development agenda that will succeed the Millennium Development Goals in 2015.

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Author:
GFRAS
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2015

01 E 14 8 WEB GFRAS annual report Page 01 
This report contains the full audited financial statement that is not present in the printed copies.

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Author:
Kristin Davis
Version:
2015

gfras brief 3 a5 2015 en web Page 01The brief calls for the reform of curricula and learning materials. It urges decision makers to better balance the training of extension professionals between technical and functional competencies. It promotes the idea of the “extension professional,” and the need for professional associations where extension professionals can exchange experiences and gain new knowledge.

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Author:
Ian Christoplos, Peta Sandison, Sanne Chipeta
Version:
2015

GFRAS guia para evaluar extencion Page 01Esta Guía de Evaluación de Extensión Rural ha sido desarrollada por el Foro Global para los Servicios de Asesoría Rural (GFRAS). El propósito es apoyar a las personas involucradas en la evaluación de extensión a elegir cómo llevar a cabo evaluaciones más completas, rigurosas, creíbles y útiles. La Guía ayuda a los lectores a entender los diferentes tipos de evaluación, para tomar decisiones sobre lo que es más apropiado para sus circunstancias, y para acceder a otras fuentes de información teórico-prácticas.

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Author:
GFRAS
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2015
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GFRAS Producer Organisations in RAS 2015 5 Page 01This Position Paper was written to raise awareness of the roles of producer organisations in rural advisory services, and to contribute to discussions about how their effectiveness in these roles can be increased so that they contribute to improved livelihoods and poverty reduction. It is aimed at all actors involved  in the provision of rural advisory services, including  producer organisations themselves.

We argue that rural advisory services will contribute to improved rural livelihoods and poverty reduction  if they are demand-driven and pluralistic. Demand-orientation ensures that services meet the expressed needs of farmers. Pluralism – the co-existence of a variety of rural advisory service providers with specific comparative advantages – ensures that services can match the diversity of rural livelihoods.

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Author:
GFRAS
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2014

GFRAS-Annual-Report-2014-Web

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gfras gender equality in rasThis brief explains the concept of gender equality in advisory services and discusses the opportunities that gender equality in rural advisory services can create for global and local food production, women’s economic empowerment, household food security, and nutrition. It summarises experiences of how gender equality can be pursued in advisory services and provides some practical examples.

This publication is reviewed on Twitter. Follow #genderinras

 

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A Synthesis of Experiences, Lessons, and Recommendations

An executive summary

gfras-nutrition-report

The major purpose of this study was to analyze and document the past, current, and future role of EAS, with regard to human nutrition. This report summarizes the current state of knowledge on the role of nutrition in EAS resulting from 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.

The full report is available here.

 

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Version:
2013

A Synthesis of Experiences, Lessons, and Recommendations

gfras-nutrition-report

The major purpose of this study was to analyze and document the past, current, and future role of EAS, with regard to human nutrition. This report summarizes the current state of knowledge on the role of nutrition in EAS resulting from 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.

The Executive Summary of ths report is available as a separate publication.

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Version:
2013

Este guia foi financiado por recursos da Fundacao Bill & Melinda Gates.Os resultados e conclusões contidos neste documento são dos autores, e não necessariamente refletem posições ou politicas da Fundacao Bill & Melinda Gates. O Instituto de Recursos Naturais - Natural Resources Institute (NRI ) contribuiu com os documentos de referencia e uma versão inicial deste guia.

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translated by Mohamed H. Abdel Aal
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GFRAS annual report 2012 web title

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Author:
GFRAS
Version:
2012

newextensionistRoles, Strategies, and Capacities to Strengthen Extension and Advisory Services

Extension and advisory services (EAS) 1 play an important role in agricultural development. However, these services need new capacities to address the current challenges in agriculture and to contribute better to agricultural innovation – a process that that requires interactions and knowledge flows among a wide range of actors in the agricultural innovation
system (AIS).

A summary of this paper is available here.

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Author:
GFRAS secretariat
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2012

Roles, Strategies, and Capacities to Strengthen Extension and Advisory Services

GFRAS NewExtensionist Summary A4 2013Extension and advisory services (EAS) 1 play an important role in agricultural development. However, these services need new capacities to address the current challenges in agriculture and to contribute better to agricultural innovation – a process that that requires interactions and knowledge flows among a wide range of actors in the agricultural innovation
system (AIS).

The full position paper is available here.

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