AESA Publication - Conversations on Extension: Taking Stock and Shaping the Future
During the last six years (2013-2019), the Agricultural Extension in South Asia (AESA) Network has served as a platform for collating the voices, insights, concerns, and experiences of people in the extension sphere of South Asia. Diverse professionals shared their concerns on the present and future of Extension and Advisory Services (EAS) in the form of blog conversations for AESA. Together, all of these individuals who are involved, interested and passionate about EAS, discussed ways to move beyond some of the seemingly intransigent problems that are hindering the professionalization of EAS. Nevertheless, these blogs also take the time to celebrate and salute the signs of promising new beginnings.
This publication is AESA's effort to compile 100 such conversations on EAS, which were originally published as blogs, starting in February 2013. The goal is to create a reference document for a wide spectrum of actors involved in EAS – scholars, practitioners, trainers, faculty, innovation intermediaries, mentors, leaders, and managers – all of whom are involved in driving agricultural and rural transformation.
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Carl Larsen is GFRAS’ new Executive Secretary
Carl Erik Schou Larsen is the new Executive Secretary of the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services. Dr. Larsen holds a Ph.D. and Master Degree in Tropical Animal Husbandry from the University of Copenhagen and a Master of Public Administration from Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. He worked in Ethiopia and Kenya with the International Livestock Research Institute and has experience with both the private sector and NGOs in the agricultural field.
Larsen previously worked as a Senior Agriculture Education consultant for the World Bank’s Global Practice for Education and Global Practice for Agriculture as well as FAO’s Investment Centre. He specializes in institutional and human performance enhancement within agriculture research and extension as well as within higher education and has extensive experience in design, supervision, and evaluation of agriculture projects.
His broad international experience makes him able to quickly understand local contexts and needs in new settings and situations. Coupled with his ability to give constructive advice based on updated academic knowledge/information, this makes him a valuable external evaluator and resource person.
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RELASER officially becomes a TAP partner
RELASER - Red Latinoamericana de Servicios de Extensíon Rural - has officially joined the ranks as a partner of the Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP). TAP and its partners use this platform as a means to exchange experiences and learn from each other with the goal to strengthen innovation capacities in agriculture.
Partners in TAP include national agricultural research, education and extension institutions, private sector, civil society, and farmers’ organizations from the G20 and developing countries, as well as key regional and international fora, networks and agencies.
AESA: The First Six Years
The Agricultural Extension in South Asia (AESA) Network was formed in 2013 to meet the demand for a network of all those interested in extension and advisory services (EAS) in the region. Sustained efforts in the last six years have contributed to the development and promotion of new knowledge on extension research and practices, as well as influenced policies on EAS in the region. There is scope to accomplish a lot more to enhance EAS’s contribution to transforming agriculture in South Asia.
In March 2019, the Network completed its first six years of activities. With that, they prepared a special publication to mark the occasion, celebrate the past, and look ahead to the future. We look forward to your guidance and support to strengthen AESA so that it can make significant contributions to enhancing the capacity of extension and advisory services in South Asia. This publication can be accessed here:
New FAO Gender and Rural Advisory Services Assessment Tool
The GRAST is designed to support providers of rural advisory services in their efforts to develop gender-sensitive programmes. By supporting the gender assessment of rural advisory services at policy, organizational and individual levels, the GRAST promotes a transformative approach to improve the gender responsiveness of the design and delivery of advisory services. Its ultimate objective is to ensure that rural advisory services respond to the needs and priorities of both rural women and men and that, as a consequence, they can equitably access and benefit from these services. The tool has been validated in four countries, in Bangladesh Ethiopia, India and Peru.
The document can be accessed here.