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GFRAS steering committee

Members of the GFRAS steering committee as main governance body of GFRAS, provide strategic inputs for the meeting, help promoting it, and participate. A 2-day GFRAS steering committee meeting will be held after the Annual Meeting.

GFRAS secretariat

The GFRAS secretariat has the main responsibility for the content-related and logistical organisation and implementation of the meeting.

AFAAS, RESCAR-AOC, and MINADER

The hosts of the meeting, AFAAS (The African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services), RESCAR-AOC (the sub-regional RAS network for Western and Central Africa; in French: le Réseau des Services de Conseil Agricole et Rural d’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre) and MINADER (the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Cameroon; in French: Ministère de l'Agriculture et du Développement Rural) are responsible for enabling a conducive environment for RAS actors to exchange, discuss, and find solutions to issues of concern. As the local hosts on regional and national level, RESCAR-AOC and MINADER are also responsible to organise the logistics of the meeting. Besides, they provide financial and/or in-kind support to the meeting and are fully responsible to organise informative and interesting field trips and a cultural evening.

ICRAF

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is today’s leading agroforestry research-in-development organisation with global headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The Centre is one of 15 members of the CGIAR, a global partnership for a food-secure future. 

The West and Central Africa Regional Programme is based in Yaounde, Cameroon since 1999. They have a solid team of qualified scientists in diverse domains, maintaining a strong collaboration with the national agricultural research and extension systems, the private sector, and a network of development partners. Across the region, ICRAF works on participatory tree domestication, land health, rehabilitation of old tree crop plantations, and creation of multi-strata agroforestry systems, climate change, REDD+, climate-smart agriculture, rural advisory services, and policies and institutions related to tree planting and agroforestry. 

ICRAF is proud to be co-organiser of the 7th GFRAS Annual Meeting, because one of the core objectives is to improve farmers’ capacity to benefit from agroforestry and to facilitate its spread. Hereto, ICRAF uses an action research approach to design, implement, and evaluate innovative rural advisory services approaches to assess which approaches work best for different target groups, in different contexts, and for different enterprises and practices. 

GFRAS Annual Meeting Organising Committee

Whereas the GFRAS secretariat is responsible for the supervision, organisation, and implementation of operational tasks, the organising committee strategically guides this process and is the main decision body for content-related issues. The tasks of the organising committee include, amongst others: Selection of the topic and decision on the structure of the meeting agenda, advising on the identification and selection of participants, speakers and other resource people, ensuring that perspectives from regional levels are considered, and feeding back the results into the regions and working groups.

For the Annual Meeting 2016, the organising committee consists of the following representatives from different regions/organisations:

Regional Focal Points

Regional focal points help with the selection of sponsored participants. They are identified by their respective regional or sub-regional RAS forum, based on their knowledge and experience of RAS and RAS actors in their region, as well their knowledge of and active involvement in GFRAS (including Annual Meetings). Their main task is to advise the organising committee on the sponsorship-seeking participants of their region and therewith enable the organising committee to take a thorough and fair decision on sponsorship.

Regional focal points are:

Regional networks Focal Point Email address
Africa (AFAAS) Max Olupot This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Western and Central Africa (RESCAR-AOC) Patrice Djamen This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Middle East and North Africa (MENEA) Hala Yousry This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Central Asia and Caucasus (CAC-FRAS) Botir Dosov This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Southern Asia (AESA) Rasheed Sulaiman This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
South-East Asia (Mekong-Area, MELA) Rakesh Munankami This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
North, South-East, and East Asia Virginia Cardenas This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Pacific Islands (PIRAS) Gibson Susumu This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
South America and Mesoamerica (RELASER) Maria Isabel Paredes This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Caribbean (CAEPNet) David Dolly This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Moderation Team

The moderation team is responsible to advise and provide inputs for the final set-up and content of the agenda. They lead participants through the meeting and enable a learning environment where participants can exchange and discuss openly and feely.