8th GFRAS Annual Meeting, 10 - 13 September 2017, Ingham and Townsville, Australia

youthEnsuring effective linkages, synergies and complementarities between urban, peri-urban and rural areas to support balanced, sustainable and inclusive rural and urban transformation is critical to end hunger, eradicate poverty and to achieve the other Sustainable Development Goals. It is also vital for the sustainability of agricultural value chains and food systems, to increase incomes and to create opportunities for decent employment, particularly for young people.

Rural advisory services (RAS) can play important roles in these processes. The 8th GFRAS Annual Meeting provides a unique opportunity to exchange on and learn about the roles, relations, challenges and opportunities of youth and RAS in the context of rural and urban transformation. Participants will also examine the capacities needed by RAS to effectively support processes of inclusive transformation and discuss the adaptations to policies and investments required.

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image010The New Extensionist is a global view of extension and advisory services (EAS) that reinvents and clearly articulates the role of EAS in the rapidly-changing rural context. It argues for an expanded role for EAS within agricultural innovation systems (AIS) and development of new capacities at different levels for EAS to play this role.

GFRAS has developed a learning kit for the New Extensionist. It contains 13 modules designed for self-directed, face-to-face or blended learning and can be a useful tool for everyone directly or indirectly involved with EAS, including individual extension field staff, managers, lecturers, non-governmental organisations, private sector RAS providers and education and training 

Six Modules are published for the remaining seven we are seeking interested people or institutions that would test the elaborated training material. Please contact Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. until 25 March for more details.

luke3Unleashing the power of young people for development and promoting the roles of youth in agriculture and inclusive rural transformation are receiving increased attention in the international, regional and national development policy and programmes. In September 2016, GFRAS regional networks and partners decided that youth in RAS will be a key topic for further work in 2017. Please participate in our small online survey to guide the focus of this work by sharing your brief thoughts and suggestions by 30 January 2017. Thanks in advance for your contribution! 

There is a heightened awareness globally and within development institutions and governments of the need to better understand the links between agriculture and nutrition, and to decipher the ways in which the agriculture sector can contribute to improved nutrition. The ‘what’ and the ‘how’ of effectively delivering ‘nutrition-sensitive agriculture’ (1)services to rural households remain even less understood.

Extension workers (through public, private, and nongovernment organisation (NGO) channels) are often thought of as a promising platform or vehicle for the delivery of nutrition knowledge and practices to improve the nutritional health of rural communities because they reach and interact closely with farmers in different settings. They act as significant service providers of crop, livestock, and forestry aspects of food security, consumption, and production

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agripreneurshipAs a pre-meeting activity to the 7th GFRAS Annual Meeting an e-discussion takes place from 23 August to 2 September to prepare the topic of "The Role of Rural Advisory Services (RAS) for Inclusive Agripreneurship".

Stephen C. Mukembo gave us a first definition of agripreneurship: “the application of entrepreneurial principles to identify, develop, and manage viable agricultural enterprises/projects optimally and sustainably for profit and improved livelihoods”. How is this different from agribusiness start-ups mentioned by Sivakumar P S? Who are these famous agripreneurs? Farmers? Young business men exploring opportunities in agriculture? Women who venture into off-farm activities? And: Aren’t all farmers agripreneurs?

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