GFRAS and YPARD recently launched, with IFAD support, a call for stories asking for local solutions that enable the agricultural sector to operate under the current partial or full lock-down of societies. We received contributions from various countries, and panels formed by the regional networks chose the most compelling examples.

Starting today, GFRAS will announce the winners to this competition, in hopes that their stories can inspire others and raise awareness as to the realities on the ground and the resilience of those working to feed the world. Second and first place winners will be announced in the upcoming days.

We would like to thank and congratulate all of those who contributed with their experiences, and are glad to share these stories with you!

 

KENYA

2nd place: Kevin Lunzalu (Youth Category) - "Young Kenyan Farmer Remains
Resilient To Beat Food Value Chain Break Amid Virus Outbreak"

CAMEROON

2nd place: Louiza Tita (Youth Category) - "Coping with Smallholder Agriculture
against COVID-19 in Cameroon"

GRENADA

2nd place: Jay Shears (Youth Category) - "Using Social Media to Advertise his Produce (Video)"

MALAWI

2nd place: Clement Musipiwa (Youth Category) - "Keeping Fish Farming
Practical Amidst COVID-19"

3rd place: Elizabeth Mandala (Youth Category) - "Poultry Farmer: Making Ends Meet with Homemade Feed"

COLOMBIA

2nd place: Sandra Milena Tellez Muñoz (General Category) - "The Best Decision"

2nd place: Juan Sebastian Paez Tellez (Youth Category) - "A Life Project to be Happy"

3rd place: Angela Mayorga Cetina (General Category) - "El Yarumo"

3rd place: Witiman Andrés Canacue Ortiz (Youth Category) - "If aquaponics is not the
answer, then what is?"

 

Magdalena Blum (FAO), Francesca Cofini (FAO) and Rasheed Sulaiman V (AESA) have prepared a new FAO publication:

AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION IN TRANSITION WORLDWIDE: POLICIES AND STRATEGIES FOR REFORM reviews the major reforms being considered internationally – reforms that aim to change the policy and institutional structure and operations of public sector agricultural extension systems, and thus enhance a transition to better coordinated pluralistic, demand-led advisory systems. The advantages and disadvantages of each aspect of these reforms are examined and illustrated by the selected case studies.

The modules provide a foundation for extension reform affecting the entire set-up and mode of operation of agricultural extension. This review of reforms is intended to provide insights for senior-level officials and others interested in the development of agricultural advisory systems and aim to provide a basis for informed decision-making by government policy-makers and senior management of extension and advisory services, as well as agricultural advisors.

The publication is available for download here:

The Operational Plan is the document that guides the work priorities for the GFRAS network for a five-year period and is based on the GFRAS strategic framework for the period 2016-2025.

The draft version of the Operational Plan contains a list of activities suggested by the regional and sub-regional networks that collectively constitute GFRAS, and is now available for download:

Many of these activities are relevant and will add value to rural advisory services providers and the farming communities that they serve. Unfortunately, we cannot do all of them at the same time and therefore require your assistance in setting priorities.

For prioritising the activities we ask you to kindly fill in this poll and reflect upon which activities you believe are most relevant, indicating TWO (2) activities per strategic field.

If you have feedback to the entire operational plan, please channel this through one of the regional networks, no later than April 30th 2020. The more constructive and critical feedback we receive, the better we can assure that what GFRAS does adds value and relevance to your daily work and to our joint effort of contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals by improving the livelihoods of family farmers around the world.

 

 

Considering the Global COVID-19 pandemic, at this juncture we would like to encourage all our community to closely follow government instructions in their countries and regions. Safety is the number one priority at this point in time. We do recognize the important task the agricultural sector currently has in keeping the locked-down populations supplied.

GFRAS continues to work remotely while following government recommendations, and is closely monitoring how the current outbreak will impact project implementation and RAS work across the globe, and has created a special section in the website with recommendations and initiatives linked to RAS and maintaining food availability for people under home quarantine so the pandemic is not aggravated by a food supply crises and/or a food price crises.

The 10th GFRAS Annual Meeting, focused on the "Role of RAS in Climate Change & Disaster Risk Management" took place at the Royalton Negril, Jamaica between 30 September and 3 October, 2019 and was organized back-to-back with the first General Assembly of GFRAS on October 4th, and the Steering Committee meeting on October 5-7.  The Annual Meeting was co-organized with the Caribbean Agricultural Extension Providers’ Network (CAEPNet); Jamaica’s Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture, and Fisheries (MICAF), and the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA). The final report of the meeting is now available, and brings forward the content of discussions and recommendations regarding Climate Change & Disaster Risk Management.

 

You can download it here: