The 9th Annual Meeting of the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) will take place from 22-25 October 2018 at the headquarter of the Rural Development Administration (RDA) in North Jeolla Province, Republic of Korea, with side events on 22 October. The Annual Meeting will be preceded by a meeting of the Asia Pacific Island Rural Advisory Services Network (APIRAS) as well as a sub-regional meeting of the Rural Innovation Centre for Knowledge and Investment (RICKI).
The topic of the GFRAS Annual Meeting will be “Addressing Challenges and Seizing Opportunities: Developing Effective Partnerships in RAS”. Co-organisers and hosts are RDA and APIRAS.
Building on the experience of previous GFRAS meetings, the capacity assessments of GFRAS regional networks, and on the expertise, knowledge, and experiences of participants, the three objectives of the 2018 Annual Meeting are to:
- identify and define good practices, best-fit approaches and strategies to develop, strengthen, and maintain effective partnerships in RAS, with a particular focus on smart technologies, financing, and collaboration across stakeholders;
- identify and define ways to build the capacities needed at different levels and by different stakeholders (policy, research, education, extension, farmers) to develop, strengthen, and maintain effective partnerships in RAS; and to
- identify and define the roles and capacities needed by GFRAS and its regional RAS networks to play an important and meaningful role in developing, strengthening and maintaining effective partnerships.