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Research and Extension Unit (AGDR) at FAO presents a webinar on: EXTENSION AND ADVISORY SERVICES: at frontline of COVID-19 response ensuring food security in Asia

Research and Extension Unit (AGDR) at FAO presents a webinar on EXTENSION AND ADVISORY SERVICES:  at frontline of COVID-19 response ensuring food security in Asia

Tuesday, 19th May 2020

At 8:30 in Rome 14:30 in Beijing, 12:00 in New Delhi time, 13:30 in Vientiane, 16:30 in Sydney

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Extension and Advisory Service (EAS) systems, through their network of actors (public, NGOs, private sector, Producer Organizations, farmer groups, etc.) can play an indispensable role in raising awareness of COVID-19 to reduce spread of the pandemic and assist in emergency operations, while ensuring that rural producers have relevant and accurate information, inputs and services to support their agricultural production, both during and in the post-emergency period. Recognising that the impact of COVID-19 and response measures are not uniform across the globe, FAO’s Research and Extension Unit in collaboration with the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) is organizing a webinar to discuss the role EAS in the context of the pandemic in Asia.

This webinar will:

• Explore and discuss the potential roles of EAS actors in providing essential services to the rural population in a short and medium term including socio-economic recovery;
• Share experiences of key measures that EAS actors are undertaking by adapting their capacity, activities, and operational mechanism to effectively respond to COVID-19.
• Highlight specific country examples from China, India and Lao People’s Democratic Republic and responses to overcome challenges of COVID-19 impact and related measures.


• Impact of COVID-19 on food and agriculture sector in Asia
• Extension and Advisory Services (EAS): at frontline of COVID-19 response ensuring food security – challenges and adaptations needed
• Private advisory services to smallholder farmers for marketing perishable agro-products by E-commence strategy to mitigate impact of COVID-19 in China
• Remote consultation and digital services to smallholder farmers on crop pest monitoring and control in case of COVID-19 pandemic in Sichuan province of China
• Using Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) tools to support farmers with technical advice and marketing support during Covid-19 in India
• Could COVID-19 crisis be a turning point for youth in agriculture, and what are the implication for rural advisory services in Lao People’s Democratic Republic?


Ms. Nan Bai, the Director of Department of Public Affairs, PinDuoDuo e-commerce platform, China
Ms. Zhang Mei, Senior agronomist at Plant Protection Station of Sichuan Provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, China.
Dr. Rasheed Sulaiman V, the Director of Centre for Research on Innovation and Science Policy (CRISP) at Hyderabad, India and Focal Point, Agricultural Extension in South Asia
Mr. Souvanthong Namvong, Deputy Head of the Division for Agriculture Information and National Project Director for Lao Upland Rural Advisory Services, Department of Technical Extension and Agro-Processing (DTEAP), Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) and Focal Point, Mekong Extension Learning Alliance (MELA)
Dr. Delgermaa Chuluunbaatar, Agricultural Extension Officer, FAO
Mr. Sridhar Dharmapuri, Senior Food Safety and Nutrition Officer and Group Leader of the Agriculture and Food Systems Team at the FAO Regional Office for the Asia-Pacific in Bangkok.