Prior to 2020, North America was not a formal member of the global GFRAS network. GFRAS members and partner networks signaled a strong interest in having more opportunities to learn about agricultural advisory services in North America. Accordingly, the leadership of GFRAS suggested the formulation of a North American network to provide a more robust interface and link to extension services globally and share unique perspectives from Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Agricultural leaders in North America were also interested in developing such a network—interaction between the agricultural extension programs of North America, and between the North American agricultural extension programs and the rest of the world was needed. After consultation with all three countries, the North American Agricultural Advisory Network (NAAAN) was formed in 2020.
The NAAAN is the newest of the GFRAS regional networks. The NAAAN Secretariat is hosted by the Colorado State University System (CSUS) and is guided by the NAAAN Steering Committee which is constituted of agricultural leaders from each of the three North American countries.
Here, you will find its latest report, outlining priorities and activities in the region, mapping its actors, and hopefully providing support to regions who also want to strengthen its extension activities.
The report can be downloaded here: