Extension Related Events Sponsored by Other Organizations

Frequently, organizations around the world host conferences or workshops related to rural advisory services, innovation in agricultural extension, and the like. Also refer to events sponsored by the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services, GFRAS, at www.g-fras.org/gfras-events.

3-5 December 2013 - Johannesburg, South Africa

3rd Global Conference on Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security and Climate Change

Information: Website  | Contact 

13-15 January 2014 - Kigali, Rwanda

Cracking the Nut Africa: Improving Rural Livelihoods and Food Security 

Information: Website |  Contact  

16-18 January 2014 - Berlin, Germany

Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA)

Information: Website | Contact

September 2 to 6, 2013 in Antalya, Turkey. 

The main purpose of this seminar traditionally is to share the ideas and practices of the participants on participatory approach to agricultural extension works.

Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa PEAPA-icon
Future Agricultures' annual international conference for 2013


18-20 March 2013 
Pretoria, South Africa
Conference program and papers

Several presentations pertaining to Extension, the Political Economy of Extension, and Extension Reforms

Mobile Services that Empower Vulnerable Communities

Tuesday, March 19 – Thursday, March 21
Alisa Hotel in Accra, Ghana


Proceedings from Past Conferences
relevant to transforming extension and advisory systems to being more farmer driven and market oriented:

Innovations in Extension and Advisory Services for Food and Livelihoods

November 15-18, 2011 in Nairobi, Kenya 
Click here for the Nairobi declaration Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services 

International Conference on Innovative Approaches for Agricultural Knowledge Management: Global Extension Experiences 

November 9-12, 2011, New Delhi, India 

see also presentation attached below 

Increasing Agricultural Productivity and Enhancing Food Security in Africa - New Challenges and Opportunities

November 1-3, 2011, Ethiopia

Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health
Februrary 10-12, 2011, New Delhi, India

Upcoming Events

  • Producing and reproducing farming systems New modes of organisation for sustainable food systems of tomorrow with a special workshop"Knowledge flows in pluralistic research and advisory systems: how do advisors keep up-to-date and ...
    Posted Mar 25, 2012, 1:19 PM by Andrea Bohn
  • East Meets West for Sustainable Development AIAEE 2012 Annual Conference24-27-May 2012, Nakom, Thailand
    Posted Mar 25, 2012, 1:31 PM by Andrea Bohn
  • Innovation System Perspective in Agriculture and Rural Development for Smallholder Farmers’ Southern and Eastern African Association for Farming Systems Research-ExtensionSEAAFSRE - ELEVENTH REGIONAL CONFERENCE 19-21 November 2012, South Africa FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT Introduction There is growing realization that smallholder farmers ...
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  • e-Agriculture for Improved Livelihoods and Food Security in Africa Third IAALD Africa Chapter Conference on the theme “e-Agriculture for Improved Livelihoods and Food Security in Africa”, scheduled for 21–23 May 2012 at the Emperors Palace, Johannesburg, South ...
    Posted Oct 12, 2011, 8:18 AM by Andrea Bohn
  • New modes of organisation for sustainable food systems of tomorrow First announcement and call for workshop proposals for The 10th European IFSA Symposium, July 1-4, 2012, in Aarhus, Denmark. www.ifsa2012.dk. Producing and reproducing farming systems: New modes ...
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20th ESEE European Seminar on Extension Education
August 30  to September 3, Helsinki, Finland 

Proceedings are available at http://esee-2011.blogspot.com/p/proceedings.html

Sustainable Value Chain - Agriculture for Food Security and Economic Development

July 3-7, 2011, Windhoek, Namibia

Agroenterprise Learning Alliance of Southern and Eastern Africa Meeting

May 31 -  June2, 2011, Lusaka, Zambia

The Agroenterprise Learning Alliance is made up of 12 international,regional and national research and development organizations. Itsobjective is to increase the capacity of members to effectively linksmallholder farmers to markets in southern and eastern Africa. Collaboration involves joint study, innovation, field testing andevaluation of approaches and technology across countries and organizations.

A major focus of the third meeting of the Learning Alliance will be the review of progress on priority themes: AE training materials for field facilitators, a standard data set for farmer groups engaged with markets, and linking savings-led micro-finance with basic business and marketing skills.

Contact geoff.heinrich@crs.org

African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services, AFAAS

The presentations from the AFAAS Third Symposium and General Assembly, held from April 12–14,in Accra, Ghana are now available at http://www.afaas-africa.org/home/afaas-symposium. Themes:

1. Market-oriented agricultural advisory services, 
2. Value-chain approach to agricultural development and implications to AAS, 
3. Mainstreaming gender issues in AAS , 
4. Climate change as an emerging issue and its implications 
5. Use of information and communications technology in AAS.  

Empowering the Poor Through Sustainable Technology Solutions

The presentations from the CRS Information and Communications Technologies for Development (ICT4D) Conference, held March 29, 2011, in Lusaka, Zambia are available at: www.crsprogramquality.org/ict4dzambia/

First Intercontinental GFRAS Meeting

In Viña del Mar, Chile, from November 2nd until November 5th, 2010

From November 2-5 2010 the First Intercontinental Meeting of the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) was held in Viña del Mar, Chile, hosted by the Latin-American Centre for Rural Development (RIMISP) and supported by the African Forum for Rural Advisory Services (AFAAS).

All presentations are available at http://www.rimisp.org/proyectos/index_proy.php?id_proyecto=261

(also see http://www.g-fras.org/events/gfras-events/)

3rd International Conference on Linking Markets and Farmers: Exploring Practices to Foster Economic Growth in Rural India, New Delhi, March 11-15, 2007

Regional Consultation on Linking Farmers to Markets: Lessons Learned and Successful Practices, Egypt, Cairo, January 29-February 2, 2006

Building New Partnerships in the Global Food Chain: Experiences from North Africa, the Near East and Asia. United States, Chicago, June 29-30, 2005

Producing and reproducing farming systems

posted Mar 25, 2012, 1:19 PM by Andrea Bohn

New modes of organisation for sustainable food systems of tomorrow with a special workshop

"Knowledge flows in pluralistic research and advisory systems: how do advisors keep up-to-date and to what extent is their advice evidence-based?"

1 – 4 July 2012, Aarhus, Denmark


East Meets West for Sustainable Development

posted Mar 25, 2012, 1:18 PM by Andrea Bohn   [ updated Mar 25, 2012, 1:31 PM ]

AIAEE 2012 Annual Conference

24-27-May 2012, Nakom, Thailand

Innovation System Perspective in Agriculture and Rural Development for Smallholder Farmers’

posted Dec 12, 2011, 7:46 AM by Andrea Bohn

Southern and Eastern African Association for Farming Systems Research-Extension

19-21 November 2012, South Africa


There is growing realization that smallholder farmers in sub-Sahara Africa are not benefiting from the full potential of their farming because they do not add value to their produce. Part of the reason is that current professional training, research as well as extension focus largely on production agriculture. In their declaration, delegates to the conference on ‘Innovations in Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services’, held in Nairobi in November 2011, called for more “…platforms at different levels for extension professionals and researchers and farmers to meet, exchange and improve their capacity to mobilize smallholders’ knowledge, labour, land, water and genetic resources for global food security” (see http://extensionconference2011.cta.int).

The eleventh regional conference of the Southern and Eastern African Association of Farming Systems Research-Extension (SEAAFSRE) will be held on 19-21 November 2012 in South Africa. The conference, whose theme is ‘Innovation System Perspective in Agriculture and Rural Development for smallholder farmers’ is intended to share experiences and best practices in moving agriculture from subsistence to commercial among resource-constrained farmers in the region. In particular, the conference will share practical experiences on the role innovation, agricultural training, research and extension can play in enhancing a value chain orientation in smallholder agriculture.

All individuals and organizations involved in FSRE work including farmers, policy makers, planners, trainers, researchers, advisory services providers, non-government organizations (NGOs), elected officials and donors, are invited.

Objective for the conference

  • To share experiences on best farming systems research and extension practices and strategies for commercializing agriculture and reducing hunger and poverty. 
  • To provide an opportunity for farmers, trainers, researchers, agricultural advisory and support service providers and elected officials to debate and learn together how they might individually and collectively make progress towards millennium targets in poverty, hunger and environment through innovations in smallholder farming systems. 

Expected Outputs
  • A profile of innovative farming systems research and extension opportunities for commercializing agriculture and reducing hunger, poverty and environmental degradation. 
  • Peer reviewed proceedings of the conference detailing the achievements, lessons learnt and opportunities in the region. 

Call for papers
Papers are invited on research and other experiences on the above theme. Those working, or have worked, on these issues are particularly encouraged to submit their papers. While conceptual papers will be considered, preference will be given to papers based on practical experiences. Papers will be considered under the following sub-themes:

  • Innovation systems in smallholder farming 
  • Farmer level value chain orientation 
  • Value chain oriented policies 
  • Capacity building 

The deadline for submitting abstracts is 31st March 2012 and the deadline for submitting full papers is 30th June 2012. Please send your abstracts to:

Dr Maxwell Mudhara, e-mail: maxwell.mudhara@gmail.com

Dr Jeff Mutimba, e-mail: jeffmutimba@gmail.com

Details on venue, etcetera, will come with the second announcement end of April 2012.

e-Agriculture for Improved Livelihoods and Food Security in Africa

posted Oct 12, 2011, 8:10 AM by Andrea Bohn   [ updated Oct 12, 2011, 8:18 AM ]

Third IAALD Africa Chapter Conference on the theme “e-Agriculture for Improved Livelihoods and Food Security in Africa”, scheduled for 21–23 May 2012 at the Emperors Palace, Johannesburg, South Africa. For details, see: http://www.iaald-africa.org/conferences/iaald_africa_2012_conference.pdf.

Call for papers

Contributions focusing on application of information and communication technology (ICT) in the rural domain, with a primary focus on agriculture (e-Agriculture), in and outside Africa, and placing emphasis on impact and lessons learned in the following sub-themes are invited:

1.    Innovative e-Agriculture Initiatives;

2.    Mobile and Wireless Applications/Technologies and Agriculture;

3.    ICT Adoption and Use by Small-Scale Farmers;

4.    National Initiatives/Projects Towards Bridging the Rural Digital Divide;

5.    Investing in e-Agriculture;

6.    National e-Agriculture Policies and Strategies;

7.    ICT and Food Security;

8.    Capacity Development Initiatives in e-Agriculture;

9.    Research in ICT Application in Agriculture and Rural Development;

10. Web 2.0/Social Media in Agriculture and Rural Development.

 Proposal submissions

Submissions should include the speaker's name(s), title (i.e. Mr. Dr. Ms. Prof, etc), position, affiliation/institution and address, e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers, a short one-paragraph biographical note, the title of the proposed paper, and an extended abstract of 500 – 1000 words. Each abstract will be double-blind reviewed. Papers accepted will be included on the conference CD. Selected papers will be considered for publication in the Agricultural Information Worldwide Journal. Costs associated with participation in the conference are the presenters’ responsibility. Abstracts should be submitted by 30 September 2011, to:


Krishan Bheenick (Chairperson - IAALD Africa 2012 Conference Programme Committee)

Programme Manager

Food and Agricultural Research Council, Reduit, Mauritius

Email: eagriculture@iaald-africa.org

New modes of organisation for sustainable food systems of tomorrow

posted Jul 4, 2011, 7:53 AM by Andrea Bohn   [ updated Jul 4, 2011, 7:56 AM ]

First announcement and call for workshop proposals for The 10th European IFSA Symposium, July 1-4, 2012, in Aarhus, Denmark. www.ifsa2012.dk.

Producing and reproducing farming systems: New modes of organisation for sustainable food systems of tomorrow

The International Farming Systems Association (IFSA) – European Group is a lively network consisting of dedicated researchers and scholars from various fields of research and practices. IFSA is concerned with sustainable development of agriculture from a systemic perspective. Being no formal membership association, all who participate in the biennial symposia are considered part of the IFSA family. The IFSA European Group Steering Committee and the local Organisation Committee are now looking forward to the 10th symposium to be held in Aarhus, Denmark.  We welcome you to a fruitful and inspiring meeting dealing with contemporary and emerging questions and challenges to the development of sustainable farming systems.   

Organization and program

The symposium will encompass plenary sessions, workshops, excursions and world cafés, as well as animation/visualisation events, conference dinner and receptions. As traditionally the case during IFSA Europe symposia, most time will be dedicated to workshops. A more detailed program will be announced in August 2011 on the conference website www.ifsa2012.dk

Symposium themes

A number of challenges are currently facing European family farms. While being the traditional organisational form of farming in Europe, developments during the last 50 years put this organisational form of farming under pressure. Modernisation in terms of mechanisation, specialisation, globalisation and, as a consequence of these developments, structural development, has forced many family farms into intermediary forms between farms and businesses within a strict economic logic. The question is whether these forms of organising farming can successfully deal with the challenges ahead and the changing conditions in the surrounding world.
One such challenge is succession. In many areas young people do not want to live in the countryside. The difference in working condition and salary between farm labour and other businesses has grown dramatically. In addition, the visions for future sustainable farming systems, which can also attract new generations of young people to become involved in the development of agriculture, are poorly expressed. Furthermore, the rising cost of farm land has in many places made it almost impossible for young people to buy a farm enterprise, because the necessary investments are overwhelming. A second challenge is the ability of large-scale, specialised farms to cope with the demand for environmentally sustainable practices. Specialisation combined with the growth in size has led to a range of negative consequences on the environment, biodiversity, landscape, etc. This is a problem for society but also a problem for the farming systems themselves. The systems fall short in capabilities to observe their own ecology, to respond adequately to the critique from environmental agencies and NGOs, and to organise themselves accordingly.  A third challenge is the increasing complexity of interaction between farming systems and the rest of society. There are more and more specific interests, perspectives and organisations relating to farming and food systems, as well as an increase in competing use of agricultural land, through urban sprawl, energy production, nature sanctuary, recreation, etc. New forms of organisation are needed to address these challenges in Europe and globally, but also to capitalise on the new possibilities these dynamics may bring in terms of closing the gap between producers and consumers, exploring multifunctional farming activities and the benefits of green care.
There is a need to explore and focus on what the sustainable farming systems of tomorrow will look like; how they may be produced and reproduced in terms of their ability to reshape themselves and their elements; and how new organisational forms may meet the three challenges outlined above in combination with the general challenges of society to deal with globalisation, climate change, biodiversity loss, and conflicts over land and water. IFSA is the right place and the right context to ask these questions. We welcome many different perspectives on farming systems: they are all needed to deepen our understanding of what the challenges and potentials of these emerging contexts are.  The changing farming systems also stress the need for the different research approaches and perspectives within IFSA to reflect on how they can address these challenges accordingly, and to ask whether new research perspectives are needed.

Call for workshop proposals

We are encouraging interested potential conveners to make a workshop proposal for the symposium addressing some aspect of the theme of the symposium from one of the IFSA research perspectives or by integrating several perspectives, or to propose and demonstrate the need for a new research perspective. More info can be found on the IFSA symposium homepage at www.ifsa2012.dk.

Deadline for submission of workshop proposals is 1st September 2011. To obtain a good balance between the numbers of workshops and participants we will in some cases ask conveners to collaborate in joining workshop offerings.  The Members of the Steering Committee will offer their help to co-convene workshops. If you have any questions do not hesitate to address these to the local Organising Committee at the email address ifsa2012@agrsci.dk

Further info on IFSA 2012

The Symposium is organised by a Danish-Swedish committee. The Danish members of the committee are: Egon Noe, Hugo Alrøe, Chris Kjeldsen, Jytte Christensen and Birgit Sørensen from Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University, Denmark. The Swedish members of the committee are Nadarajah Sriskandarajah and Rebecka Milestad from the Department of Urban and Rural Development at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.Please go to our conference website at www.ifsa2012.dk for further info.

Important dates & links

We strongly urge you to submit a proposal for workshops. The important dates in relation to IFSA 2012 is:

Deadline for proposals for workshops: September 1, 2011 (download template)
Deadline for submission of paper abstracts: December 1, 2011
Early bird registration deadline: April 15, 2012

For all other inquiries, please consult www.ifsa2012.dk for contact info
Download Announcement and Call for Workshops in PDF-format

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2011 © IFSA2012 Organising Committee.

For further info, please contact:

Egon Noe
Chris Kjeldsen

Department of Agroecology
Aarhus University
P.O. Box 50
DK-8830 Tjele

email: ifsa2012@agrsci.dk

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