The GFRAS mission is to provide a space for advocacy and leadership by a variety of stakeholders on pluralistic, demand-driven rural advisory services within the global development agenda. GFRAS plays a catalysing role, promoting and stimulating interactions between and within the global policy level and the regional and national levels. This space allows regional actors to present their perspectives in global development forums and processes. Similarly, it provides a mechanism for interaction and dialogue between the global and the regional levels. This two-way flow should lead to a strengthened role of advisory services within the broader agricultural development arena.

To its vision and mission, GFRAS focuses on two target stakeholder groups:

The mission can only be achieved if these target stakeholder groups develop more appropriate, sustainable, and effective policies, practices, and approaches. This constitutes a change in behaviour that GFRAS seeks to achieve through its functions and activities.


Several partners support or have supported GFRAS financially including:

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Swiss Association for the Development of Agriculture and Rural Areas (Agridea) provide staff. Agridea hosts the GFRAS secretariat.


GFRAS evolved out of a series of discussions at international meetings (primarily the annual meetings of the Neuchâtel Initiative) over several years where the need for a formal structure to more pro-actively promote RAS development was recognised and various options were considered. It has also been long recognised that similar structures are needed at regional levels to provide direct support to country-level advisory service actors. The African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) has been created to meet this need and is partnering with GFRAS in Africa.