Upcoming Events

10 June - 11 June 2021
"Life and agriculture in transition – accompanying change, supporting innovation, strengthening resilience" - VIRTUAL EVENT

The discussions will center on those advisory topics in rural extension where the pressure for change is particularly noticeable: the urgent environmental challenges such as climate change and species extinction, the megatrends of healthy living, and digitalisation. These are issues that affect agricultural business concepts as much as the life of every individual. In a crisis, developments accelerate. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear how important it is to become crisis-resistant.

"Accompanying change, supporting innovation, strengthening resilience" are three starting points for advisory services to deal in a beneficial way with these topics. Accompanying and supporting people through change has always been the self-image of advisory services. As an innovation consultant in advisory projects, supporting targeted innovations through interdisciplinary networking and thus promoting future prospects in rural areas requires a good understanding of processes and moderation skills.

How can advisors contribute to strengthening resilience, i.e. the ability to overcome crises unscathed?

The conference will start on Thursday, 10.6.2021 at 9 am CET and end around noon on Friday, 11.6.2021. The first conference day will start with keynote presentations and panel discussions, followed by a poster session and workshops. The day will also include a celebration for the 60th anniversary of the IALB. The conference will be recorded, and participants have the opportunity to watch all workshops and excursions afterward.

On Friday (11.6) there will be online excursions to farms and food processing businesses in the four regions bordering Lake Constance: Austria, Switzerland, Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg. The Lake Constance region is the heartland of the German-speaking rural advisor network IALB. 

Registration is now open on the conference website. The conference will be held online. The registration fee is 40,00 €.

Registration deadline is 1 June 2021. 

20 April - 22 April 2021
"Annual Community of Practice Convening - Developing Local Extension Capacity (DLEC)"

The Feed the Future Developing Local Extension Capacity (DLEC) Annual Community of Practice Convening brings together agricultural extension and advisory services stakeholders from around the world to share, learn, and network. The theme for this year’s Annual Community of Practice Convening is: Future Extension Capacities.

This free event is open to anyone who works in or is interested in agricultural extension and advisory services, including government staff, academics, researchers, development practitioners, extension agents, farmer group representatives, and others.

The Convening will be an opportunity for these diverse stakeholders to share their experience around issues of extension capacities. The Convening will include keynote speakers, breakout sessions, workshops, and networking opportunities via small groups and with all participants.

If you have ideas for the event, including topics to cover within the theme of Future Extension Capacities or your participation in a poster or lightning talk, email [email protected]

Registrations are available here.

RELASER, in partnership with IICA, FAO, ECLAC and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply of Brazil, is organising a series of seminars on the use of digital technologies for the provision of ATER services and marketing of family farming products.  Experiences in Latin America and the Caribbean and in other regions of the world. 

Three more webinars are planned. More information can be found here.

Registration is possible here.