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RAS policies - evidence and practice

Context and Objectives of the Meeting

The 5th GFRAS Annual Meeting was held from 23 to 25 September 2014 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was co-hosted by the National Agricultural Technology Institute of Argentina (INTA) and the Latin American Extension Network (RELASER). The topic was RAS Policies − Evidence and Practice in the thematic session and the role of partnerships for networks in the network strengthening session. Field trips provided the participants with an insight into rural advisory services in Argentina. A total of 156 participants from 44 countries actively engaged in lively discussions and networking activities and reaffirmed the importance and “raison d’être” of the Annual Meeting. Participants stated that they left the meeting re-energized and with a deepened understanding of policy processes and the role of RAS actors within these dynamics. 

icon pdf Full report (pdf 1.36MB)

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icon pdf Five key areas for mobilising the potential of rural advisory service (pdf 404KB)

The meeting objectives were to:

Side Events:

The following side-events took place on 22 and 26 September.

Main Conclusions and Recommendations of the Meeting

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RAS policies – Evidence and practice

During the meeting, many topics related to RAS policies, the role of evidence for RAS policies, and opportunities and challenges for influencing policy processes were discussed. Participants concluded the following:

Based on these findings and insights, participants have identified the following recommendations for RAS networks to strengthen the role of RAS actors in policy processes.

RAS networks should help RAS actors to

The role of partnerships for strengthening networks

Participants discussed and assessed their performance with regard to the following 4 types of partnerships:

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As a follow-up of this meeting, GFRAS in 2015 will increase its efforts in working on the policy compendium , which will become a one-stop-shop for those working on, advocating for, and implementing extension policy to direct decisions and facilitate successful policy processes and outcomes in extension and advisory services. Other planned policy-related activities of GFRAS may include national policy dialogues as well as the development of training modules for policy and advocacy.

2015 will also be the year where the GFRAS strategic framework will be revised and adapted. In taking a very participatory approach, GFRAS provides the networks with the opportunity and responsibility to shape GFRAS’ future work and actions.

The 2015 Annual Meeting will be held in September in Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan. RAS stakeholders from public, private, and civil society are invited to register between April and July 2014.


Overall, participants were very satisfied with the Annual Meeting, both regarding content as well as logistics. While appreciating the good mix of agenda points and methods used, suggestions and requests with regard to the general programme included more open space for exchange and interaction, as well as more time and space for the share fair. With regard to logistics, participants thanked INTA, RELASER and GFRAS for their great work. The only suggestion that some participants mentioned was to improve the communication with regard to registration fees. The GFRAS secretariat thanks the participants for their participation, cooperation, and feedback. It will consider the evaluation results and try to implement the suggestions in the next Annual Meeting.



icon pdf Report (pdf 1.36MB)

icon pdf Participants list (pdf 544KB)

icon pdf Programme (pdf 235KB)

icon pdf Evaluation report  (pdf 817KB)

icon target Presentations and speeches

icon target Videos

icon target Share Fair

icon target Side Events

icon pdf Field trip descriptions (pdf 325KB)


Other resources

icon pdf Concept note (pdf 268KB)

icon pdf Announcement (pdf 253KB)