Policies are understood as principles or rules that guide reform processes and ensure they lead to results. They are statements of intent that frame operations, practices, and legal aspects, which are needed to enact reforms, streamline operations, and give incentives. The 5th GFRAS Annual Meeting will give a space to discuss and learn from evidence and experience on RAS policies and actions to influence them.  In parallel sessions, participants will share and discuss evidence, cases, and practice on sub-themes:

  • Evidence-based RAS policies: What are evidence-based RAS policies and why are they important for RAS, innovation, rural development, and poverty reduction? How should an evidence-based RAS policy look to foster relevant, effective, efficient, and sustainable RAS? How can a RAS policy fit to its political, economic, and social context?
  • Evidence for policy makers: What evidence do policy makers need to be convinced and informed to support effective RAS policies? How to design and produce convincing evidence? What aspects need to be considered when collecting evidence that is targeted to policy makers? Where can stakeholders access convincing evidence?
  • Policy influencing: How can evidence on RAS and RAS policies be used and packaged to attract and influence policy makers? What are success factors and obstacles for processes to influence RAS policies? What are roles and responsibilities of different actors and who are allies for successful policy influencing? Why should policy influencing be based on evidence?

Discussions at the meeting will focus on evidence, cases, and practice about RAS policies. Presenters and participants will discuss how evidence was created and how it was used to influence policy processes. Ideas and inputs by presenters and participants will be consolidated into a collection of arguments for RAS policies that will be used for the elaboration of policy influencing materials.

How to proceed

Participants who are interested to contribute to parallel sessions on one of the three sub-themes by a power point (PPT) or prezi presentation should send a short (1-2 page) proposal for the input to the GFRAS secretariat (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The proposal should give details on:

  • Title of the input
  • Type of the input (case study, evidence-based research paper, etc.)
  • Attribution to one of the three sub-themes: 1) RAS policies, 2) evidence, or 3) policy influencing
  • Content: contextualisation, key arguments, conclusions, discussion points
  • Relevance and value added of the input for the discussion on RAS policies – evidence and practice
  • Contact details, including e-mail address and phone number

Inputs in the parallel sessions will take a maximum 10 minutes (maximum 9 slides), followed by discussion. Please mention in the registration form for the 5th GFRAS Annual Meeting that you have applied to give an input. Only applications of registered participants will be considered.

Input proposals will be reviewed and selected by the organising committee[1] and thematically clustered into sub-sessions. Selection criteria are:

  • Relevance and value added of the input for the discussion on RAS policies – evidence and practice, especially in regards to the thematic sub-themes: 1) RAS policies, 2) evidence, and/ or 3) policy influencing
  • Diversity of all selected inputs in regards to content, methodology, and geographic region

The committee will also make suggestions for the final input. Inputs that are not accepted for the parallel session can be presented at the share fair.



Due date

Registration for the 5th GFRAS Annual Meeting

10 June if applying for an input

Proposal for an input on RAS policies – evidence and pratice (one of the three sub-theme)

10 June

Information on acceptance or rejection of proposal by organising committee

16 July

Input (e.g. PPT or prezi presentation) elaborated and sent to the moderator

22 August

Input reviewed by the moderator and finalised

5 September

Input presented to the parallel session

23 September

[1] The organising committee consists of three representatives from regional and sub-regional RAS fora (Maria Isabel Paredes, RELASER, Max Olupot, AFAAS, Stephen Hazelman, APIRAS/PIRAS ; two representatives of INTA as host organisation (Iris Barth, Julio Catullo); and two staff of the GFRAS secretariat (Kristin Davis, executive secretary, Dorothee Lötscher, programme officer)