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Objectives

The GFRAS Annual Meeting has both a thematic component (focused on content) and a functional component (focused on network strengthening). After 5 years of existence, the GFRAS Annual Meeting 2015 symbolically focuses on the exchange, discussion, and identification of global good practices in rural advisory services – both with regard to content as well as with regard to network functioning.

icon pdf Concept Note (pdf 359KB)

The meeting’s objectives are the following

  • Participants gain new ideas and learn how to apply a wide range of approaches, methods, and instruments to improve rural advisory services.
  • Participants have a common understanding of salient features that render their work within rural advisory services more effective, inclusive, and sustainable.
  • RAS fora learn and know how to apply best fit methods and approaches to improve and strengthen their functioning.

Global Good Practices in Rural Advisory Services
(Thematic Component)

Worldwide, many different types and approaches of rural advisory services (RAS) have been elaborated and applied, with many promising innovations emerging. Programme implementers and policy makers often wonder which RAS approach is best, and would like a kind of recipe for RAS components and approaches for their programme. However, such formulaic approaches are not possible. RAS implementation must move from an approach of “best practice” to one of “best fit”, where the methods, structures, and governance fit local conditions (Birner et al. 2009).

Good practices in RAS can be defined as techniques, principles, or approaches used in RAS in a “best-fit” manner that apply the GFRAS principles and allow programmes to be more effective, efficient, and sustainable. The Global Good Practices (GGP) Initiative was initiated by GFRAS partners to provide a knowledge platform for practitioners, in which theoretical and practical know-how on extension and practical experiences are collected and systematised in an easily accessible and easy-to-understand form as a public good. It is aimed at field extension agents and managers.

It may lead to the commission and elaboration of new GFRAS Global Good Practices Notes.

Meeting Contents

The meeting is composed of different elements, each contributing to the meeting objectives in a different way, leading to diverse and rich learning experiences.

Parallel Workshops

Parallel Workshops

On Tuesday, 15 September, the following parallel workshops will take place for participants to exchange experiences regarding good practices on various topics. Further information will be continuously published on this site.

All topics

  • Gender in RAS practice: Challenges and ways forward
  • Using ICTs in RAS: Challenges and ways forward
  • Agricultural innovation systems and RAS practice: Challenges and ways forward
  • Professionalisation of RAS: Challenges and ways forward
  • Community-based RAS: Challenges and ways forward

Side Events

In the coming weeks and as soon as we receive confirmation from the side event organisers, relevant information about the different side events will be published on this site. Don’t forget to check it regularly.            

   Date      Time      Side Event  

Social Media for Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services

14 September  

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18 September

8.00 – 15.00  

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8.00 – 10.00

Organised by the GFRAS Interest Group on ICT4RAS, moderated by Saravanan Raj, Lorenz Schwarz
For the full description and objectives of this side event, please see

 icon pdf Side Event Social Media (pdf 220KB)

To register for the side event, please send a message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and copy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Strategic planning meeting for the GFRAS Consortium for Extension Education and Training

14 September 8:00 – 12:00'

Organised by the GFRAS Consortium on Extension Education and Training, moderated by Hlamalani Ngwenya
For the full description and objectives of this side event, please see

icon pdf Strategic planning meeting for the GFRAS Consortium for Extension Education and Training (pdf 271KB)

Invited participants only; if you have particular interest to attend and have not been invited please contact Ms. Hlamalani Ngwenya, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Integrating Gender and Nutrition into Rural Advisory Services -Learning from Good Practices

14 September 8:00 – 15:00 

Organised by INGENAES (USAID-funded Integration of Gender and Nutrition within Agricultural Extension Services project) and GFRAS, moderated by Nargiza Ludgate
For the full description and objectives of this side event, please see

icon pdf Integrating Gender and Nutrition into RAS (pdf 294KB)

If you are interested in participating, please register via email to: Nargiza Ludgate at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by August 26th, 2015. Your participation will be confirmed within a day. 

Participants will be registered on first come, first serve basis.

Experience Capitalisation in Pastoralism – Approach, intermediate results, and what about your experience?

18 September 8.00 – 10.30  

Organised and moderated by Ernst Bolliger, EB Consult. For the full description and objectives of this side event, please see

icon pdf Side Event Experience Capitalisation in Pastoralism (pdf 205KB)

To register for the side event, please send a message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line "GFRAS AM - SE Pastoralism". 

How to Harness the Power of Extension to Improve Household and Community Nutrition Outcomes

18 September

11:00 – 13:00 
  

Organised by MEAS and GFRAS, moderated by Andrea Bohn and Nargiza Ludgate
For the full description and objectives of this side event, please see

icon pdf How to Harness the Power of Extension to Improve Household and Community Nutrition Outcomes (pdf 310KB)

For further information and registration please contact: Andrea Bohn, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Strengthening RAS Actors for Advocacy and Dialogue on Policy Reform and Action

18 September 8:00 - 17:00

Organised by MEAS and GFRAS, moderated by Austen Moore (MEAS) and Hlamalani Ngwenya (GFRAS Consultant)

For the full description and objectives of this side event, please see:

icon pdf Strengthening RAS Actors for Advocacy and Dialogue on Policy Reform and Action (pdf 321KB)

All registered participants will receive an email explaining the registration procedure. Hlamalani Ngwenya This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Austen Moore This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Central Asian and the Caucasus Regional Rural Advisory Services Network 

18 September 08:00 _ 12:00  
  

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