Testing the New Extensionist Learning Kit
The New Extensionist is a global view of extension and advisory services (EAS) that reinvents and clearly articulates the role of EAS in the rapidly-changing rural context. It argues for an expanded role for EAS within agricultural innovation systems (AIS) and development of new capacities at different levels for EAS to play this role.
GFRAS has developed a learning kit for the New Extensionist. It contains 13 modules designed for self-directed, face-to-face or blended learning and can be a useful tool for everyone directly or indirectly involved with EAS, including individual extension field staff, managers, lecturers, non-governmental organisations, private sector RAS providers and education and training
Unleashing the Power of Youth in RAS
Unleashing the power of young people for development and promoting the roles of youth in agriculture and inclusive rural transformation are receiving increased attention in the international, regional and national development policy and programmes. In September 2016, GFRAS regional networks and partners decided that youth in RAS will be a key topic for further work in 2017. Please participate in our small online survey to guide the focus of this work by sharing your brief thoughts and suggestions by 30 January 2017. Thanks in advance for your contribution!
Integrating Nutrition into Rural Advisory Services and Extension
Extension workers (through public, private, and nongovernment organisation (NGO) channels) are often thought of as a promising platform or vehicle for the delivery of nutrition knowledge and practices to improve the nutritional health of rural communities because they reach and interact closely with farmers in different settings. They act as significant service providers of crop, livestock, and forestry aspects of food security, consumption, and production
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E-Discussion: What do we mean by agripreneurship?
As a pre-meeting activity to the 7th GFRAS Annual Meeting an e-discussion takes place from 23 August to 2 September to prepare the topic of "The Role of Rural Advisory Services (RAS) for Inclusive Agripreneurship".
Stephen C. Mukembo gave us a first definition of agripreneurship: “the application of entrepreneurial principles to identify, develop, and manage viable agricultural enterprises/projects optimally and sustainably for profit and improved livelihoods”. How is this different from agribusiness start-ups mentioned by Sivakumar P S? Who are these famous agripreneurs? Farmers? Young business men exploring opportunities in agriculture? Women who venture into off-farm activities? And: Aren’t all farmers agripreneurs?
Assessing Capacity Needs of EAS in South Asia
One of the major priorities identified during the first meeting of the AESA (Agricultural Extension in South Asia) network was capacity development of EAS providers. The participants agreed that much more needs to be done to strengthen the capacities and deal with the rapidly evolving challenges in agriculture. The first step in this direction was to assess the capacity gaps among the EAS through undertaking a capacity needs assessment at the national level in select countries in the region.