Rural Advisory Services in West and Central Africa : Challenges, policy recommendations and agenda for the future

This side-event of the 9th GFRAS Annual Meeting is organized by CIRAD, RESCAR-AOC and GFRAS with the support of AFD (Agence Française de Développement) and DLEC (The Feed the Future Developing Local Extension Capacity project funded by USAID) and will take place on October 22nd 2018.

Advisory services are back to agenda in Africa to address crucial issues such as poverty alleviation, food security or climate change. These advisory services are changing rapidly due to the emergence of new players, especially farmers’ organizations and private sector, and new technologies of information and communication. In this context the role of the States is changing with challenges related to the governance of pluralistic advisory services, new sustainable funding mechanisms and a huge demand for capacity building.

The objectives of the side-event are:

  • Identification of the characteristics and main challenges for Rural Advisory Services in West and Central Africa as emerged from results of two recent studies (one funded by AFD and carried-out by a consortium CIRAD-Inter-Réseaux-IRAM-CER France, another one funded by USAID and carried out by DLEC) ; these studies will be complemented by inputs of participants based on their own experiences;
  • Identification of ongoing initiatives where we will give room to other actors operating in the region to come and share their points
  • Discussion about policy recommendations based on the two recent studies ; we will be able to fine tune the recommendations for policy makers and donors
  • Discussions about potential synergic actions around the key points of the diagnosis. We would really be interested in actionable follow up in the region following the side event.

People interested to attend are kindly requested to send an email to and by 5th October, 2018 the latest, for organizational purposes.