Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

6th GFRAS Annual Meeting

14-18 September 2015. Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan. The GFRAS Annual Meeting had 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 focused 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.

Concept Note (pdf 359KB) +  Detailed Agenda

The meeting’s objectives were 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.
15 September. A parallel workshops took place for participants to exchange experiences regarding good practices on a.o. Challenges and Ways Forward for Rural Advisory Services to Enhance Effective Agricultural Innovation Systems (AIS). The workshop integrated different inputs to approach the subject and stimulate discussions on Agricultural Innovation Systems.
  • To offer a theoretical and practical background on agricultural innovation systems through presentations and discussions of case studies and participants’ experiences 
  • To provide an introduction to the Hanoi statement on Rural Advisory Services with focus on agricultural innovation systems (“Reaching the Millions” that took place in Hanoi, in March 2015.)
  • To jointly elaborate practical recommendations on how to strengthen agricultural innovation systems through RAS 
Workshop Agricultural Innovation Systems (pdf 301KB)

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