Addressing Challenges and Seizing Opportunities: Developing Effective Partnerships in RAS
The 9th Annual Meeting of the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) took place from 22-25 October 2018 in Jeonju, Korea. The topic was Addressing Challenges and Seizing Opportunities: Developing Effective Partnerships in RAS. It was co-organised with the Rural Development Administration (RDA), the Asia-Pacific Islands Rural Advisory Network Services (APIRAS), and the Rural Innovation Centre for Knowledge and Investment (RICKI).
The three interrelated objectives of the meeting were:
- to identify and define good practices, best-fit approaches and strategies to develop, strengthen, and maintain effective partnerships in RAS, with a particular focus on smart technologies, financing, and collaboration across stakeholders
- to identify and define ways to build the capacities needed at different levels and by different stakeholders (policy, research, education, extension, farmers) to develop, strengthen, and maintain effective partnerships in RAS
- to identify and define the roles and capacities needed by GFRAS and its regional RAS networks to play an important and meaningful role in developing, strengthening and maintaining effective partnerships.
The Jeonju Declaration
We, more than 152 participants, comprising extension practitioners from public, private and civil society organizations, farmers’ organisations, policymakers and representatives of the agricultural research and development community, academia, the private sector, donor agencies, and financial institutions from 56 countries; congregated at the Rural Development Administration in Jeonju, Korea, from 22 to 25 October 2018 for the 9th GFRAS Annual Meeting under the theme ”Addressing Challenges and Seizing Opportunities: Developing Effective Partnerships in Rural Advisory Services (RAS)”. Concerned on the role and importance of RAS globally:
We hereby call upon all key stakeholders - including governments, extension professionals, farmers’ organizations, regional and global bodies, the private sector, civil society, development partners and donors - to work together to:
- Invest innovatively and continuously in RAS as an effective means to eliminate poverty and hunger,
- Strengthen the role of the public sector in providing RAS effectively and efficiently (as has been demonstrated in countries such as Korea and Vietnam), and create enabling environments for leveraging partnerships among and between RAS actors for sustainable rural livelihoods.
- Reinforce partnerships among RAS actors nationally, regionally, and globally, taking advantage of information and communication technologies, and
- Enable the young generation to contribute to the future development of sustainable agriculture and rural society.
Dated this 25th of October, 2018