A MEAS Workshop
November 17-21, 2014
From 17 to 21 November 2014, the Central Asia and the Caucasus Association of Agricultural Research Institutes (CACAARI) and the Central Asia and the Caucasus Forum for Rural Advisory Services (CAC-FRAS), in collaboration with GFAR (Global Forum on Agricultural Research), MEAS (Modernising Extension and Advisory Services), ICARDA (International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas), IFPRI (International Food Policy Research Institute) and other partners, will organize a joint Regional Conference on Rural Advisory Services in the Bishkek region of the Kyrgyz Republic. Read more ...
Agriculture extension agents are a valuable source of information and expertise for many small scale farmers across the globe. As global understanding builds around the linkages between agriculture and nutrition, efforts are currently underway to integrate activities promoting nutrition into agriculture extension programming in several Feed the Future countries. Join SPRING and the Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services (MEAS) project in a two-part webinar series exploring these efforts in Malawi and Ethiopia.
The first event, scheduled for October 29th at 9:00 a.m. EST, will focus on MEAS’s assessment of agricultural extension, nutrition education, and integrated agriculture-nutrition programs and systems in Malawi. The assessment aims to inform the design of an activity that will strengthen delivery of coordinated and integrated extension and nutrition outreach services in Malawi’s Feed the Future focus districts. Vickie Sigman, Independent Senior Agriculture Extension Specialist, will discuss the various programs and systems in place in Malawi to deliver integrated extension and nutrition outreach services. Service delivery constraints and possibilities for addressing existing constraints will also be highlighted. Paul McNamara, Director, Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services Project and Valerie Rhoe, Senior Technical Advisor at Catholic Relief Services, will serve as respondents as part of the presentation.
Presentation (Sigman) (PDF, 1.85 MB)
Response 1 (Rhoe Davis) (PDF, 175 KB)
Response 2 (McNamara) (PDF, 694 KB)
A team of facilitators was assembled from ILRI and the University of Florida, using workshop materials previously tested in several other countries, which were translated into Portuguese by the University of Florida and revised by collaborators in IIAM. Once in Mozambique, the team was joined by collaborators from the Gender Unit of IIAM, from the Trilateral Cooperation (US-Mozambique-Brazil) project based at IIAM, from ILRI-Mozambique, and from USAID. The workshop took place on the main IIAM campus in Maputo. … [read more]
March 3-4, 2014
NEPAL – Strengthening Agricultural Extension in Nepal: Workshop on Demand-Driven, Participatory, Pluralistic Agricultural Extension Services
February 11, 2014
Strengthening Agricultural Extension in Cambodia: Workshop on Demand-Driven, Participatory, Pluralistic Agricultural Extension Services
Workshop held at Himawari Hotel, Phnom Penh, Cambodia February 11, 2014
LIBERIA – Action-oriented training and capacity building on dubbing and utilizing extension videos in local languages as a tool for agricultural extension and advisory services in Liberia
The USAID-funded Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services (MEAS) project at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and Development Alternatives International (DAI) in Washington DC, in collaboration with the Liberian Ministry of Agriculture and the USAID-funded Food Enterprise Development (FED) Project hosted an “action-oriented training and capacity building on dubbing and utilizing extension videos in local languages as a tool for agricultural extension and advisory services in Liberia”. The training is aimed at enhancing the capacity of the public, private, and civil society institutions in the agricultural extension and advisory services system in Liberia. The training was organized under the guidance of MEAS Director, Professor Paul McNamara of UIUC … [read more]
The hands-on training workshop brought together 23 participants from the Ministry of Agriculture Forest and Food Security (MAFFS) of Sierra Leone, World Vision (WV), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the Sierra Leone Agricultural Research Institute (SLARI), and Njala University. The training was facilitated by Dr. Suiyigheh Joyous Tata (MEAS Project/UIUC, USA), and Messrs. Francis Chepyegon and Phil Malone, both of whom were from the Access Agriculture, an International NGO based in Nairobi, Kenya. … [read more…
USAID works with local partner Farms Inputs Promotion-Africa to help increase the productivity and incomes of rural farming families in Kenya as part of the U.S. Government’s Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative, Feed the Future.
June 5-7, 2013:
MEAS Symposium on Extension and Advisory Services
Njala – MEAS Short Course
Click here to access the report on the summer institute.
How can GFRAS and its members, MEAS, USDA/NIFA, USAID, the World Bank, INGOs, and IFPRI jointly support this?
on April 17, 2013 from 8:30am – 12:30 pm in Room 3109, South Building, USDA, Washington DC
The summary of the preceding e-discussion is available for download below or by clicking on this link.
National Agricultural Extension Policies – Improving the Enabling Environment for Effective RAS
Afternoon Seminar, September 25th, 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
New Perspectives on Rural Extension
Individual Seminars Given by MEAS Team Members
(Click on the title to access full program and presentations)
June 6-8, 2012
The Conference Center, 20 F Street NW, Washington D.C
Further below the MEAS presentations are available for download and dissemination.
A selection of MEAS presentations is also available at http://www.slideshare.net/MEAS1.