Associations, Networks and Societies

Directly or Indirectly Engaged in Agricultural Extension and Rural Development

AFAAS African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services,

AIAEE Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education

APAARI Asia Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions

APAEAN Asia Pacific Association of Educators on Agriculture and Environment (no longer functional)

APEN Australasia-Pacific Extension Network

APIRAS Asia Pacific Islands Rural Advisory Services network

CAC Central Asian and Caucasus Advisory Services network

FARA Projects  (

  • Regional Agricultural Information and Learning System (RAILS) and its on-line learning platform eRAILS
  • Dissemination of New Agricultural Technologies in Africa (DONATA)
  • AfricaAdapt

INFITA International Federation of Information Technology in Agriculture

IAALD International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists

Centro Latinamericano para el Desarollo Rural 

Royal Tropical Institute, KIT Development Policy & Practice, ,
Conducts extensive research and consulting work on agriculture and development, including agricultural extension related issues in developing countries.

RIU Research Into Use: Sharing lessons to enable innovation in agriculture. Programmes:

Rural Development

International Focus

Africa Focus

Europe Focus

United States and Canada Focus

Global Platforms

GFRAS  Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services

GDPRD Global Donor Platform for Rural Development

IFAP International Federation of Agricultural Producers

ASTI Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators
Internationally comparable data on agricultural research and development investments and capacity for developing countries

Global Farmer Field School Network and Resource Centre

Directory of Development Organizations, lists 65,000 development organizations; was prepared to facilitate international cooperation and knowledge sharing in development work, both among civil society organizations, academic and research institutions, governments and the private sector.

The e-Agriculture Community

e-Agriculture is a global Community of Practice, where people from all over the world exchange information, ideas, and resources related to the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for sustainable agriculture and rural development.

Farmer Organizations, Farmer to Farmer Focus

Information Platform for Producer Organizations (supported by Agriterra),

AGRITERRA's "work is based on the conviction that if farmers organise themselves, they will be able to take the responsibility of their development into their own hands. Strong and representative agricultural organisations are indispensable for the promotion of democracy, for a better distribution of income and for the economic development of a country."
(Worldwide a strategic partnership is established with IFAP)

International Federation of Agricultural Producers,

AGRICORD The national farmers' organisations of Belgium, Canada (Quebec), Finland, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden  join in AgriCord, and support "Farmers Fighting Poverty", with the conviction that only by working together can farmers break their isolation, enter the market place and pull themselves out of poverty. Farmers' own organisations can provide farm and business services, institutional access, confidence and voice to their poor members. 

For this reason, we work to build stronger farmers' organisations together with our fellow farmers in the rural areas of developing countries. This is not an easy task in often challenging environments. Investments have to be made with a long term view, and we thank our donors for supporting this effort."

"AgriCord uses AgriPool to indentify and realise international farmer-to-farmer cooperation. Therefore AgriCord can rely on expertise of members and employees of farmers' organisations as managed by Agriterra."

Agrisud International, "Fighting poverty through enterprise"

UPA Développement International (UPA DI) "is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1993 by Quebec’s Union of agricultural producers called Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA). Its purpose is to extend, around the world, the solidarity that Quebec producers have been weaving into their professional organization for more than eight decades. UPA DI establishes partnerships with African, Latin American and Asian farmer organizations in order to reinforce their ability to act collectively for the development of agriculture and for the greater well-being of farm families. This involvement stems from the realization that the future of each farm family is intimately linked with that of millions of others throughout the world. The liberalization of commerce and trade on the world market is a source of increasing pressure on agriculture in both the South and the North. In this context, the sustainable development of agriculture can only take place by globalizing farmers’ solidarity movements."