« 9th GFRAS Annual Meeting
Addressing Challenges and Seizing Opportunities: Developing Effective Partnerships in RAS
22-25 October 2018 Jeonju, Korea
We, more than 152 participants, comprising extension practitioners from public, private and civil society organizations, farmers’ organisations, policymakers and representatives of the agricultural research and development community, academia, the private sector, donor agencies, and financial institutions from 56 countries; congregated at the Rural Development Administration in Jeonju, Korea, from 22 to 25 October 2018 for the 9th GFRAS Annual Meeting under the theme ”Addressing Challenges and Seizing Opportunities: Developing Effective Partnerships in Rural Advisory Services (RAS)”. Concerned on the role and importance of RAS globally:
We hereby call upon all key stakeholders – including governments, extension professionals, farmers’ organizations, regional and global bodies, the private sector, civil society, development partners and donors – to work together to:
- Invest innovatively and continuously in RAS as an effective means to eliminate poverty and hunger,
- Strenghen the role of the public sector in providing RAS effectively and efficiently (as has been demonstrated in countries such as Korea and Vietnam), and create enabling environments for leveraging partherships among and between RAS actors for sustainable rural livelihoods.
- Reinforce partnerships among RAS actors nationally, regionally, and globally, taking advantage of information and communication technologies, and
- Enable the young generation to contribute to the future development of sustainable agriculture and rural society.
Dated this 25th of October, 2018
Jeonju, Korea ».
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