REMINISCING ON 2021 | Wishing you a Happy 2022 from Agricultural Extension South Asia (AESA) Network!

Reminiscing on 2021, AESA ( generated and exchanged profuse content related to strengthening extension and advisory services needed for transforming agri-food systems. AESA organised virtual dialogues and published 26 blogs, 8 good practices, 10 book reviews, 3 face to face interviews and 10 meeting notes which were generated and curated through the AESA platform and shared across social media handles including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. This year we crossed three milestones as we published our 50th Good Practice Note, 100th Meeting Note and 150th Blog.

During the year, AESA Focal Points participated in and contributed to:
  • Developing Local Extension Capacity (DLEC) Community of Practice event on 22 April;
  • CoSAI and APAARI Dialogue on ‘The innovation investment landscape and future food systems’ on 28 September
  • 8th Tropical Agricultural Platform (TAP) Partners Assembly during 23-24 November; and
  • GFRAS 12th Annual Meeting during 30 November-3 December.
AESA also supported the organisation of country fora events in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh:
  • Webinar on Agroecology and EAS by NAEASSL on 25 August; and
  • Policy dialogue on Public-Private Partnership and its role in Agricultural Extension in Bangladesh by BAEN on 25 September

AESA contributed to the development of a new extension curricula in India in collaboration with MANAGE and ICAR which has been approved for implementation from this year.

AESA is currently managing the Asia-Pacific Islands Rural Advisory Services (APIRAS) network and we are in the process of development of a new website for APIRAS ( AESA represented APIRAS at several forums and webinars in 2021 including:
As we move forward into 2022, we wish to do better and further strengthen our interventions. We formulated our Strategic Plan 2021-26 which was reviewed and vetted by the AESA Governance Board in a virtual Governance Board meeting held on 08 May 2021.


Thank you for being a valuable member of the AESA community.
We are keen to hear from you on making AESA more relevant and useful to your work.



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  • “Wonderful score card. I congratulate Team AESA under the dynamic leadership of Dr.Rasheed Sulaiman V, for crossing three important milestones in publishing 150th blog, 100th Meeting notes and 50th Good Practice Notes. This is all the more praiseworthy when viewed against the limited resources, both human and financial the team has at its command. In addition AESA participated or supported several events to strengthen the delivery of Extension and Advisory Services. Its contribution to the development of course curricula for agricultural extension in collaboration with the ICAR and MANAGE is commendable. Thanks to the ICAR for approving this for implementation from this academic year.
    Good to note that it is also managing Asia Pacific Islands Rural Advisory Services and in the process of developing another website.
    As AESA has established its name in the domain of agricultural extension at international level, an on line journal may motivate the researchers to initiate good projects. Is there any scope to start an Online journal in Agricultural Extension? I am aware that it is an additional work to the Team AESA.
    I take this opportunity to wish the team AESA to scale newer heights in the year 2022. Wish you all a very happy and peaceful new year”

  • “Thanks a lot for sharing. Happy to be associated with a vibrant community like AESA!
    Looking forward to even more creative actions in 2022!
    Best wishes! “

  • “Wonderful Academic Activities.In my considered opinion, AESA’s has amply demonstrated/showcased various facets of Extension Discipline.
    I Wish AESA many more milestones in 2022”

  • Being an extension professional, I feel that AESA is doing many activities for the progress of the discipline through knowledge sharing, enabling networking, and taking efforts to build the capacity of the extension fraternity. Looking forward to having more learning engagements with the AESA team in 2022.