MEAS Symposium 2015

“Strengthening Extension and Advisory Services
for Lasting Impacts”

The MEAS consortium and others committed to strengthening extension systems in developing countries will converge in Washington, D.C. to consolidate the MEAS Project’s knowledge and practice contributions and to deliberate on their role for the future of extension and advisory services. How can we best strengthen extension systems in developing countries in order to reduce poverty and increase food security? What are the lessons from the MEAS experience and the experience of partners around the world? How can we sustain impacts to result in improved services for small-holder farmers, especially women farmers?

NOTE TO PRESENTERS: A presentation is available for download below or by clicking here.


Dates: June 3-5, 2015
Location: Conference Center at 20 F Street  (near Union Station)
Washington, D.C., USA

Accommodation options

link Follow this link to see some hotel options. Participants are responsible for making their own travel and accommodation arrangements.

Wednesday, June 3

8:30 am     Registration

                  9:00 am     Opening Ceremony  

     ·  Brent Simpson, Deputy Director of MEAS Project,
        Michigan State University and FAO

     ·  Gary Forbes (Facilitator)

9:15 am     Keynote: 

"The role of extension/advisory services in the Feed the Future initiative"by Susan Owens, USAID. Director of BIFAD and our HICD efforts and the Acting Office Director for Agricultural Research and Policy in the Bureau for Food Security


9:30 am     Leading Issues in EAS


Keynote: “The Imperative of Extension” by Paul McNamara, Director of MEAS Project, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

10:00am      Leading Issues - Panel I

                  Moderator: Mike McGirr (USDA)

·         Terry Tucker (Cornell U.) – Encountering pluralism

·         Kristin Davis (GFRAS) – New Extensionist (Presentation)

·         John Preissing (FAO) – FAO’s strategy for strengthening EAS (Presentation)

·         Andrea Bohn on behalf of  Querish Noordin (AGRA) – The View of Apex Organizations in Africa  
         (Presentation)


        African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services, AFAAS: www.afaas-africa.org
        List of AFAAS Country Fora contact persons: Click here



10:45 am   BREAK

11:00 am   Leading Issues - Panel II

                  Moderator: John Peters (USAID)

·         Assa Kante (SAFE) – Capacity Development 

·         Kathy Colverson (U. Florida) – Gender integration (Presentation)

·         Valerie Rhoe (CRS) – Nutrition integration (Presentation)

·         Brent Simpson (MSU/FAO) – Adoption, Scaling (Presentation)

Planning for Scale: Using what we know about human behavior in the diffusion of agricultural innovation and the role or agricultural extension


·         Gaye Burpee (CRS) – Climate change adaptation

 

12:00 pm   LUNCH

1:00 pm     Private Sector and Development Organizations' Approaches to Extension Service Provision

                  Moderator: Suzanne Poland (USAID)

·         Suresh Babu (IFPRI) - reporting out on June 2 event

·         Katie Hoeberling and Sarah Sahlaney (UC Davis) (Presentation)
        MEAS Case Study on Development Organizations 
Approaches to EAS

·         Elizabeth Teague (Root Capital) (Presentation)

·         Gretchen Villegas (NCBA CLUSA) (Presentation)


2:00 pm     Small Group Breakout Session

2:30 pm     BREAK



3:00 pm     Harnessing the Power of Extension to Transform Gender Roles and Improve Household and Community Nutrition Outcomes

Moderator: Sandra Russo (UF)

·         Samia Akroush (NCARE-UF)

MEAS Action Research on Extension and Advisory Service Delivery for Women’s
Groups in Jordan: Assessing Competencies
and Building Social Capital”,
(click here for details)

·         Kathy Colverson (U. Florida)

·         Diane DeBernado (USAID)

·         Eija Pehu (World Bank)

·         Hajnalka Petrics (FAO)

·         Valerie Rhoe (CRS)

 

4:00 pm     Small Group Breakout Session

4:30 pm    Reporting out

5:00pm      End

5:30 pm     International Ag Week Reception hosted by FHI 360 at Academy Hall, 1825 Connecticut Ave NW


Thursday, June 4

8:30 am     Conference Center opens

9:00 am     Public Sector Service Provision, Policy Making, and Enabling Environment

                  Moderator: Alex Winter-Nelson (UIUC)

·         Richard Githaiga (MoA) – Kenya (Presentation)

·         Stacie Irwin (EWB) - SNEDIP, Ghana (Presentation)

·         Vickie Sigman (UIUC) – Ghana   (Presentation)

·         Murari Suvedi (MSU), Mao Minea and Mak Soeun (GDA) – Cambodia
        (Presentation - short version)  (Long version)  
        (Cambodia Extension Policy Document - released May 2015)

·         Stella Kamkwamba (MOAFS) – Malawi (Presentation)

·         Shamenna Gall (USAID/Georgia) and Roland Smith (TAMU) – Georgia (Presentation)


10:30 am   BREAK

11:00 am   Policy Compendium

·         Kristin Davis (GFRAS) – Policy Compendium (Presentation) 

        www.g-fras.org/en/policy-compendium.html

 

11:20 am   Rebuilding Extension Systems in Transition and Post Conflict Settings

                  Moderator: Vickie Sigman (UIUC)

·         Austen Moore (UIUC) (Presentation - Overview(Presentation - Liberia)

·         Paul McNamara (UIUC) (Presentation - Sierra Leone)

 

12:00 pm   LUNCH

1:00 pm     The Evolving Role of Information and Communication Technology for Extension

                  Moderator: Judith Payne (USAID) and Andrea Bohn (UIUC)

                     o   Erin McGuire (UC Davis) – Call centers (Full report forthcoming)

o   Mark Davies (esoko, Ghana) (Presentation)

o   Richard Githaiga Kangeri (MoA Kenya) / Joyous Tata (UIUC) – Farmbook, Smart Skills, Map and Track (Presentation)

o   Mridul Chowdhury (mPower, Bangladesh)

o   Taro Araya – (Miaki, Bangladesh)

o   Shahid Akbar – (BIID, Bangladesh) (Presentation)

o   Susmita Das – (BARC, Bangladesh) (Presentation - Short
    (Presentation - Long


MEAS Report: Rapid Assessment on the Use of Radio in EAS in Mozambique, by Rex Chapota

 

2:30 pm     BREAK

 

3:00 pm     Strengthening the Role of Farmer-to-Farmer Extension and Farmer Organizations in Extension

        Moderator: Marisa Paredes (RELASER)

·         Brent Simpson (MSU/FAO) (Presentation)

·         Steve Franzel (ICRAF) (Presentation)

·         John Preissing (FAO) (Presentation)

 

Definitions: Farmer Based Organizations; Farmer to Farmer Extension

Farmer-to-Farmer Extension: Issues in Planning and Implementation - by Brent M. Simpson, Steven Franzel, Ann Degrande, Godfrey Kundhlande, Sygnola Tsafack


4:00 pm     Small Group Breakout Session

4:30 pm     Roundtable Break Out Session

5:00pm      End

 

 

Friday, June 5

8:30 am   Conference Center opens


9:00 am   Report out on 1-2 recommendations per table based on    

                 yesterdays discussion


9:20 am   Capacity Development: Needs and Ways to Address Them

                 Moderator: Kalim Qamar (Development Actions International) (Commentary)

·         Joe Kwarteng (U. of Cape Coast, Ghana) and Deola Naibakelao (SAFE) 
        (Presentation - short version)  (Long version)

·         Keith Moore (Virginia. Tech) (Presentation)

·         Kathy Colverson (UF) (Presentation)


Additional information:

The ECHOcommunity.org Extension Platform (by David Erickson)


10:30 am   BREAK

11:00 am   Building the Value Case for Extension 

Moderator: Kristin Davis (GFRAS)

·         Joyous Tata (UIUC), Richard Githaiga (MOA-Kenya)

·         David Spielman (IFPRI)  -- Evidence Needs for Extension 

·         Michael Culbertson – Grameen CKW Assessment

·         Suresh Babu (IFPRI) – The Case for Extension (Presentation)


12:00 pm   Closing Remarks: The Way forward for Extension and Advisory Services 


Moderator: Gary Forbes

·         Brent Simpson (MSU)

·         Stella Kamkwamba (MOAFS, Malawi)

·         Paul McNamara (UIUC)

·         Gary Alex (USAID)


                    12:30 pm     End



[Note: AIARD is hosting its annual meeting just prior to the MEAS Symposium, making it even more worthwhile to join us in Washington, D.C.]


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