The SDC face-to-face workshop ”Reaching the Millions!”, a 5-day learning event on Rural Advisory Services (RAS) in South and South-East Asia for members of the Agriculture and Food Security Network (A & FS), RAS experts, and representatives of private and public extension service providers.
The workshop is hosted by the A&FS Network and organised by HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation in collaboration with the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) the Asia-Pacific Islands Network for Rural Advisory Services (APIRAS) and the Network for Agricultural Extension in South Asia (AESA). More than 80% of the world’s 500 million small farms are situated in Asia. Alone China and India account for 150 million of farms with less than 2 ha land area. Among these smallholders, poverty is rife und more than ever the maxim „knowledge is power“ also applies to the agricultural sector. Against this backdrop, the effective and sustainable provision of knowledge and innovation to small-scale farmers in developing countries has long been and still remains a challenge.
The 5-day learning event offers a mix of expert inputs on innovations in Asian RAS initiatives, experience exchange and field exposers to private and public RAS providers in Vietnam.