Regional Conference on Rural Advisory Services (RAS) in Central Asia and the Caucasus
From 17 to 21 November 2014, the Central Asia and the Caucasus Association of Agricultural Research Institutes (CACAARI) and the Central Asia and the Caucasus Forum for Rural Advisory Services (CAC-FRAS), in collaboration with GFAR (Global Forum on Agricultural Research), MEAS (Modernising Extension and Advisory Services), ICARDA (International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas), IFPRI (International Food Policy Research Institute) and other partners, will organise a joint Regional Conference on Rural Advisory Services in the Bishkek region of the Kyrgyz Republic.
Global Dialogue on Family Farming
Throughout 2014 – the International Year of Family Farming, a series of multi stakeholder policy dialogue fora have highlighted the present and potential contribution of family farmers to eradicating poverty, safeguarding the environment, and nurturing our planet. As the IYFF enters its final phase, a Global Dialogue on Family Farming (GDFF), held on 27-28 October in Rome, brought together government representatives, family farmers and their organizations, civil society, private sector, academia and development agencies, to take stock of the momentum created and set the tone for a pro-family farming agenda for action post-2014.
GFRAS together with FAO organised a side event on "Rural Advisory Services for Family Farming".
Committee on World Food Security
The 41st session of the Committee on World Food Security CFS took place at FAO in Rome on 13 - 18 Octobner 2014 under the theme of "Making a difference in food security and nutrition". The CFS 41 informed on the state of food insecurity in the world and seeked to provide guidance around key food security and nutrition issues. Several side events were held, among others to the topics of Building Cohesion on Talent Development, Food Safety and Quality: Essential Ingredients in the Recipe for Food Security Supporting Family Farming, Smallholders’ Access to Inputs in Africa, and The Contribution of Fisheries & Aquaculture to Food Security. GFRAS was represented by Mohammed Ali, PMAS-Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
Global Good Practices in Rural Advisory Services Initiative
There is plenty of information available in the public domain that covers various aspects of extension and know-how about new methodologies for implementation. However this information is often scattered and presented in complex academic language. Hence practitioners, who often have very limited time and/or may only have basic formal education, find it difficult to make use of this information.
The Global Good Practices Initiative aims to bridge this gap by providing information about extension approaches and methods in easy-to-understand formats. As part of this effort, it makes “Good Practice Notes” available to all on a downloadable website.
5th GFRAS Annual Meeting 2014 Buenos Aires
RAS policies - evidence and practice
Thank you all for participating or following the meeting! It was a great pleasure seeing you again, getting to know you for the first time, exchanging experiences and knowledge, and working and learning together.
In the coming weeks we will publish on this page more videos, pictures and eventually the conclusions and minutes of the meeting and its side events. For now you can find some photos of the meeting on flickr
See you all next year in Kyrgyzstan!