ws2016In 2012 GFRAS developed the “New Extensionist” document, which details the role that extension plays in an agricultural innovation system, and the strategies and capacities needed (at individual, organisational, and system level). Based on this document the GFRAS Consortium on Extension Education and Training emerged to promote the new extensionist, mainly through training, curricula review, and research on extension. Tapping the knowledge of experts from this field means engaging different stakeholders at the different stages of the development of the learning.

7gam programmeLa 7e réunion annuelle du Forum mondial pour le conseil rural (GFRAS) aura lieu du 3 au 6 Octobre 2016 au Cameroun. Les événements parallèles se tiendront les 3 et 7 octobre. La réunion sera placée sous le thème « le rôle des services de conseil rural (SCR) dans l’entreprenariat agricole inclusif ». Elle sera précédée de la réunion annuelle du Réseau des services de conseil agricole et rural d’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre, RESCAR-AOC) et d’un atelier GFRAS-GIZ portant sur le rôle des SCR dans l’intégration du genre dans les chaînes de valeur. Elle sera également marquée par d’autres activités pertinentes d’apprentissage. La réunion sera organisée par le GFRAS en partenariat avec le RESCAR-AOC, le Forum africain des services de conseil agricole (AFAAS) et le ministère de l’Agriculture et du Développement rural du Cameroun.

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GFRAS Social Media Policy Guidelines Page 1For agricultural extension and advisory services (AEAS), social media presents a huge scope not just to communicate to the farmers  better and with efficiency, but also to act as innovation brokers in Agricultural Innovation Systems (AIS). And not just for the organizations, social media has made it easier for farmers to communicate with extension professionals, experts and peers in real  time. And with this increased potential to share views and ideas and easy access to information, discretion  becomes important for organizations to maintain professionalism in a new social world.



This publication is based on a study on the use of social media in RAS

ckw uganda 1The CKW system, a type of farmer-to-farmer extension, involves local networks of farmer-to-farmer peers serving as information intermediaries. They use smartphones and other information and communication technologies (ICTs) to reach fellow farmers with agricultural (livestock management, agronomic practices for crops), weather (seasonal and daily forecasts), and market price information. Their smartphone connects to a remote server called Salesforce, which provides access to real time agriculture, market price, and weather information.

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Training of Trainers to facilitate multi-stakeholder platforms & resource mobilization in Ethiopia

ethiopia ne trainingFollowing the first training of country fora in Ghana in August 2015, the Ethiopia’s recently established Training and Advisory service Directorate under the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resource Management requested AFAAS and GFRAS to conduct Training of Trainers (ToT) for its staff and CF members on the New Extensionist and multi-stakeholders facilitation skills for development.