Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

7th GFRAS Annual Meeting

3 - 6 October 2016, Cameroon. This Annual Meeting on The Role of Rural Advisory Services for Inclusive Agripreneurship will gather participations from all regions, gender, ages, and sectors involved in agricultural and rural advisory services (RAS) to discuss, learn, exchange, and formulate recommendations on the roles and required capacities of RAS for supporting inclusive agripreneurship as important element of sustainable rural development.

Aside from this thematic discussions and related field trips on day 1 and 2, RAS networks and fora
will, on day 3, have the opportunity to learn from each other on how to strengthen their functioning to become stronger and more successful players in the agricultural innovation systems in their regions.

The meeting objectives are to:
  • Provide a comprehensive understanding of inclusive agripreneurship and its relevance for food security, poverty reduction, and sustainable development, and identify factors that influence inclusive agripreneurship.
  • Discuss the role of RAS and their capacities needed on the individual, organisational, and system level to strengthen inclusive agripreneurship, and provide recommendations on how those capacities can be strengthened.
  • Discuss capacity needs and define ways forward needed in general to strengthen RAS networks and fora for them to become successful players in agricultural innovation systems in their regions.
Extracts of the side events:
Related: 23 August – 2 September GFRAS e-discussion on agripreneurship
"Because risks can be high and the process of moving agriculture towards entrepreneurship is very complex, it cannot be used as a one-size-fits-all solution to today’s challenges"
Suchiradipta, B., and Saravanan, R.,  
GFRAS interest group on ICT4RAS discussion paper, GFRAS: Lindau, Switzerland.
2016, 38 pages

For agricultural extension and advisory services (AEAS), social media presents a huge scope not just to communicate to the farmers better and with efficiency, but also to act as innovation brokers in Agricultural Innovation Systems (AIS). And not just for the organizations, social media has made it easier for farmers to communicate with extension professionals, experts and peers in real time. And with this increased potential to share views and ideas and easy access to information, discretion becomes important for organizations to maintain professionalism in a new social world.

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