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NOTE 5: Enabling Rural Innovation

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Enabling Rural Innovation (ERI) is a participatory approach that puts family farmers in the centre of agricultural development. It strengthens their technical, organisational, social and entrepreneurial capacities to shift from subsistence to market–oriented agriculture. It aims at developing profitable agro-enterprises without jeopardising food and nutrition security. Farmer groups are supported in (re-)discovering social, technical, natural and economical resources around them, setting group objectives and monitoring their progress towards them, making market studies, experimenting with different technologies and setting up agro-enterprises while safeguarding their natural resource base.

GFRAS is organised as an independent association and has as formal members entities bringing together actors in the domain of RAS. The GFRAS association includes a board, a general assembly, and is independently audited.

The Board is authorized to carry out all acts that further the purposes of the Association, and is composed by representatives of regional networks and partner organisations, plus one seat for GFRAS' current host, AGRIDEA.

Activities are managed by the GFRAS secretariat, currently located in Switzerland.



Norma Samuel


Caribbean Agricultural Extension Network Providers, CAEPNet

Extension Agent IV, Florida Friendly Landscaping & Urban Horticulture, University of Florida



Delgermaa Chuluunbaatar


Agricultural Extension Officer

Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations, FAO


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Mary Wairimu Kamau

African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services, AFAAS

Formerly with the Ministry of Agriculture


  Dr Patrice Djamen

Patrice Djamen

The West and Central African Network of Agricultural and Rural Advisory Services, RESCAR-AOC

Cameroon / Burkina Faso


Rasheed Sulaiman V

Agricultural Extension in South Asia AESA

Director, Centre for Research on Innovation and Science Policy (CRISP), Hyderabad


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Francisco Aguirre

Executive Secretary, Latin American Network for Rural  Extension Services, RELASER



Botir Dosov

Chairman, Central Asia and the Caucasus Forum for Rural Advisory Services, CAC-FRAS



Jussi Juhola

Chaiman, European Forum for Agriculture and Rural Advisory Services, EUFRAS

Director of International Relations, Association of ProAgria Centres



Gibson Susumu

Chair, Pacific Islands Rural Advisory Services Network, PIRAS


Kristin Davis

Kristin Davis

Co-Director, Developing Local Extension Capacity

Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute, IFPRI

South Africa


Ulrich Ryser

Swiss Association for the Development of Agriculture and Rural Areas Agridea



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