social media aesa blogThough Social Media applications can be effectively used by extension and advisory services, lack of awareness and skill about its use currently constrain its widespread use. Moreover the organisational culture within extension organisations also restricts exploitation of its full potential by extension professionals, argues Saravanan Raj and Suchiradipta Bhattacharjee in this AESA blog. 

In the context of the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) and in conjunction with other GFRAS activities in that area the the FAO Research and Extension Unit is now hosting an e-mail conference on “Tailoring rural advisory services to family farms" which will allow participants to share their knowledge, ideas and experiences on this topic. The conference takes place 1-18 December 2014.

CAC-conferenceFrom 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.

large 530x290 newsThroughout  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".

CFS 41 Look Small ENcfs ms 175The 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 DevelopmentFood Safety and Quality: Essential Ingredients in the Recipe for Food Security Supporting Family FarmingSmallholders’ 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.