Launch of Arab Forum for Rural Advisory Services

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Global Forum on Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS), have launched today the Arab Forum for Rural Advisory Services (AFRAS), working towards the acceleration of Rural Advisory Services (RAS) and inclusive and sustainable rural transformation.

“AFRAS can well become one important lever for the modernization of rural advisory services in the Near East and North Africa. It is an insightful example of collective action geared towards inclusive rural transformation. I encourage all existing and future members of the AFRAS community to engage actively with the AFRAS web platform making the most of the wealth of experiences, learning, networking and discussion opportunities it will harbour,” said Ahmad Mukhtar, FAO Senior Economist, in his opening statement.

AFRAS is a regional collaborative network dedicated to advancing extension and rural advisory services across Arab countries. It aims to foster networking, knowledge and information sharing and exchange of experience among RAS stakeholders from different sectors.