GFRAS gender scoping study

Promising Experiences and the Role of Rural Advisory Services

While much has been written about the importance of mainstreaming gender in agricultural value chains (and the challenges inherent in doing so), relatively few studies have provided details on cases in which gender integration has been successful. This study, therefore, presents a collection of experiences in which rural advisory services (RAS) were able to successfully mainstream gender into agricultural value chains, categorised in terms of “best-fit practices”. While the examples presented here cannot be precisely replicated in other contexts, they provide general guidance for organisations that implement programming related to agricultural value chains.

A publication of GFRAS

aaesa manualThe Agricultural Extension in South Asia Network (AESA) a manual on Good Practices in Extension Research and Evaluation is developed as a hands on reference manual to help young researchers, research students, and field extension functionaries in choosing the right research methods for conducting quality research and evaluation in extension.

It has been compiled by the resource persons who participated in the Workshop on ‘Good Practices in Extension Research and Evaluation’ jointly organised by the ICAR-National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM), Centre for Research on Innovation and Science Policy (CRISP), Agricultural Extension in South Asia (AESA), ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute (ICAR-CTCRI), and the National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE) at NAARM, Hyderabad (India).

Manual on Good Practices in Extension Research and Evaluation, Agricultural Extension in South Asia (AESA), 2017

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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!