Event [ID: 34]

8th GFRAS Annual Meeting

Global | | Townsville, Australia

The 8th Annual Meeting of the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) will take place from 10-13 September 2017 in Ingham and Townsville, Australia, with side events on 8 and 9 September. The topic is Rural Advisory Services and empowered youth for balanced transformation in rural and urban communities. It is co-organised with the Australasia-Pacific Extension Network (APEN) and there will be a partial overlap with APEN’s International Conference, which will take place from 13-15 September on the topic of Facilitating balanced change for rural and urban communities.

The 8th GFRAS Annual Meeting provides a unique opportunity to expected 150 participants from all regions, sectors, gender and ages to exchange on and learn about the roles, relations, challenges and opportunities of youth and RAS in the context of rural and urban transformation.

Meeting objectives:

The four interrelated objectives of the meeting are:

  1. to identify and discuss roles, challenges and opportunities for youth to be meaningful actors in balanced and inclusive rural and urban transformation
  2. to identify and discuss the roles and relations between RAS and youth for inclusive and sustainable rural-urban linkages;
  3. to identify and discuss changes in policies and the capacities of RAS needed for both RAS and youth to fulfil their roles; and
  4. to strengthen capacities of RAS networks through peer exchange and learning.


The Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services GFRAS is about enhancing the performance of advisory services so that they can better serve farm families and rural producers, thus contributing to improved livelihoods in rural areas and the sustainable reduction of hunger and poverty. Rural advisory services help to empower farmers and better integrate them in systems of agricultural innovation. The GFRAS structure reaches smallholder farmers via the regional rural advisory services networks, which are made up of national-level platforms. The national platforms include actors from all sectors working in rural advisory services, and work directly with smallholders. National platforms help prioritise national-level issues and formulate demands to be taken to the regional and global levels.

Find out more about the event and the programme here.


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