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CAC-conferenceFrom 17 to 21 November 2014, the Central Asia and the Caucasus Association of Agricultural Research Institutes (CACAARI) and the Central Asia and the Caucasus Forum for Rural Advisory Services (CAC-FRAS), in collaboration with GFAR (Global Forum on Agricultural Research), MEAS (Modernising Extension and Advisory Services), ICARDA (International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas), IFPRI (International Food Policy Research Institute) and other partners, will organise a joint Regional Conference on Rural Advisory Services in the Bishkek region of the Kyrgyz Republic.

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Poor linkages between researchers, advisory services systems, farmers, especially women farmers, private sector stakeholders and policy makers are a common issue in the countries in the Central Asia and the Caucasus (CAC) region. The unsystematic level of interaction undermines the ability of farmers to access and introduce innovative technologies and practices on their farms, and thus deprives them of innovation-based opportunities to improve their productivity, profitability and their livelihoods. In view of this challenge, CACAARI (Central Asia and the Caucasus Association of Agricultural Research Institutes) and CAC-FRAS (Central Asia and the Caucasus Forum for Rural Advisory Services), a still informal regional platform of GFRAS (Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services), have decided to join efforts and undertake joint actions towards strengthening Rural Advisory Service Systems in the region. The goals are to learn from each other, develop common approaches, and coordinate efforts to strengthen agricultural innovation systems in the region.

Objectives 

The objectives of the joint Regional Conference on Rural Advisory Services are the following: 

Concerning Rural Advisory Services: 

Concerning CACAARI: 

Concerning CAC-FRAS: 

Participants 

Advisory service professionals, government policy makers concerned with advisory services, representatives of national agricultural research systems, other professionals in agricultural innovation systems, and clients of advisory services from the region, are the core target participants. In addition, participants from GFRAS, GFAR and international organisations (e.g. CGIAR Research Programs in the region, FAO, IFPRI) dealing with rural advisory services will be attracted.

icon target Presentations and Proceedings

icon pdf Announcement (pdf 329KB)

icon pdf Updated Agenda (pdf 884KB)