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Creation of an enabling environment for up-scaling new knowledge requires long term engagement with policy and CRISP continues to engage in this process not only to influence policies but also to learn about new and creative ways of engaging with the policy process.
CRISP is currently also involved with several international (Global Forum on Rural Advisory Services), regional (Asia Pacific Islands Rural Advisory Services: Agricultural Extension in South Asia) and national consultations on Extension and Advisory Services and application of Agricultural Innovation Systems Perspectives in Agriculture.
Role of Social Sciences in the National Agricultural Research System
CRISP recently participated in the Discussion on Role of Social Sciences in the National Agricultural Research System organized by the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS) at New Delhi (23 May 2015).
The National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS) decided to organize a brainstorming meeting to discuss the status, present role and constraints, future role and how to strengthen social sciences in NARS to play the expected future role well. NAAS was feeling that while social sciences could play a larger role currently within NARS, their role is not sufficiently recognised and a lot more needs to be done to strengthen the capacities of social scientists to play this larger role. A presentation on the current status of Agricultural Extension discipline and the nature of challenges it faces was developed by CRISP. The proceedings from this meeting would be brought out by NAAS shortly.
Reaching the Millions: A face to face workshop on Rural Advisory Services
CRISP also participated in “Reaching the Millions: A face to face workshop on Rural Advisory Services” held at Hanoi during 2-7 March 2015, Hanoi, Vietnam.
The workshop is hosted by the A&FS Network and organised by HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation in collaboration with the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) the Asia-Pacific Islands Network for Rural Advisory Services (APIRAS) and the Network for Agricultural Extension in South Asia (AESA). All presentations, summaries of the sessions and main workshop outputs are made available under https://f2f2015.wordpress.com/
The workshop came up with the “The Hanoi Statement on Rural Advisory Service Systems” which was endorsed by 68 RAS experts and practitioners that participated in this workshop"Current RAS systems are pluralistic: A multitude of service providers interacts with agricultural producers, and these service providers are funded from various sources. The purpose of the Hanoi statement is to increase the capacity of future pluralistic RAS systems to reach out to a large number of agricultural producers (“Reaching the Millions”) in a poverty oriented, ecological, and sustainable way. To this aim, the statement describes identified core aspects of RAS systems and defines the factors that are supporting them. Based on the core aspects, it provides recommendations on how development cooperation can contribute to strengthen RAS systems".
Bangladesh agricultural technology innovation system - Opportunities and challenges
CRISP participated in the SATNET Asia national programme on “Bangladesh agricultural technology innovation system - Opportunities and challenges” held during 2-3 September 2014, Dhaka, Bangladesh organised by the APCTT (Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology) in partnership with the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council.
The workshop was aimed at enhancing the understanding of the current agricultural technology innovation system in Bangladesh among the key actors of the innovation system (government policymakers, R&D institutions, academia and industries) and providing specific recommendations for strengthening the agricultural innovation system in Bangladesh.
Gender Mainstreaming in Wheat Research
CRISP in partnership with the Glasgow Caledonian University completed a scoping study for WHEAT‐CRP on "Integration of Gender and Social Equity in R4D on Wheat-Based Systems in South Asia". The preliminary findings from this study were presented at a Workshop involving CIMMYT staff and other stakeholders at Kathmandu, Nepal on 23 April, 2013
The “New Extensionist”: Enhancing Capacities of Extension and Advisory Services: Planning the Global and Regional GFRAS Activities 2013‐2014 held on 14‐15 March 2013, at Pretoria, South Africa.
Dr Rasheed Sulaiman V, Director, CRISP presented the New Extensionist Position Paper in this meeting. More details on the programme and outcomes of this meeting could be accessed at http://www.g-fras.org/en/activities/the-new-extensionist . One of the major outcome of this meeting was the establishment of the “The Universities Consortium on Extension and Advisory Services”. The consortium aims to re-examine the curricula and research programmes in extension.
10th Globelics International Conference
TS Vamsidhar Reddy, Senior Research Fellow at CRISP attended the 10th Globelics International Conference, held at Hangzhou, China during 9-11 November 2012. He presented a research paper titled ‘Locating research in agricultural innovation trajectories: evidence and implications from empirical cases from South Asia’ in that conference. click here for presentation.
3rd GFRAS Annual Meeting
The Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) held its 3rd Annual Meeting during 26-28 September at Manila, the Philippines. The event was hosted by the Asia-Pacific Islands Rural Advisory Services (APIRAS) Network. The meeting contributed to the thematic exchange on rural advisory services (RAS) and how it could better contribute to the Agricultural Innovation System (AIS). The participants discussed ways of developing new capacities at the individual, organisational and the enabling environment level and what actions have to be taken at the national, regional and global levels.
GFRAS and its regional networks also discussed ways of strengthening networking and sharing of experiences. For more details, visit, .http://www.g-fras.org/en/ Participants from South Asia also discussed the possibilities of strengthening the virtual network Agricultural Extension in South Asia (http://www.aesa-gfras.net/) and ways of identifying RAS actors and champions from the different countries in this region.
CRISP participated in this event and the Director CRISP presented the key note paper on the Role of Rural Advisory Services in the Agricultural Innovation System. Click here for the presentation.
XIth and XIIth Plan Working Group on Agricultural Extension of the Planning Commission
CRISP was represented in the XIth and XIIth Plan Working Group on Agricultural Extension of the Planning Commission (Government of India); consultations in the National Knowledge Commission on Reforms in Research and Extension in India; Consultations for the development of Country Programme Framework (CPF) for FAO, India and the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD).
Investing and Strengthening Agricultural Innovation Systems
During May 31 - 1 June 2012, CRISP participated in the international workshop on Investing and strengthening Agricultural Innovation Systems organized by the Agricultural and Rural Development Department of the World Bank.
The event brought together both external and internal experts to discuss the findings of the AIS Sourcebook, as well as issues of implementation and recent examples of application of the approach to different country and agricultural sector contexts. CRISP staff contributed to this source book and also participated in this workshop.
This sourcebook draws on the emerging principles of Agricultural Innovation Systems (AIS) analysis and action to help identify, design, and implement the investments, approaches, and complementary interventions that appear most likely to strengthen innovation system and promote agricultural innovation and equitable growth. Although the sourcebook discusses why investments in Agricultural Innovation Systems are becoming so important, it gives most of its attention to how specific approaches and practices can foster innovation in a range of contexts.
CRISP participated in the Roundtable on Agricultural Extension in Asia (15-16 March 2011) organised jointly by the Syngenta Foundation and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences at Beijing to discuss what has and what has not worked in agricultural extension, and to foster learning from the experience of four countries: China, India, Indonesia and Vietnam. The Roundtable provided a platform to share experiences across countries and brought together senior experts and stakeholders from the four countries and international specialists for a structured discussion supported by specific background papers. CRISP participated in this Roundtable and contributed the background paper from India. Click here to view the presentations and read the roundtable papers.
Effective delivery of livestock services depend to a large extent on the number and quality of technical manpower available in a region. CRISP partnered with the Rajiv Gandhi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (RAGACOVAS), Pondicherry in organising a Regional Workshop on the availability of manpower and their capacities to deal with the contemporary and future challenges faced by the livestock sector.
The specific objectives of this workshop held on 4-5 September 2011 were as follows:
1. How to reduce the gap between the availability and requirement of technical man power in the veterinary colleges and departments of AH?
2. How to improve the capacity of technical manpower to face the present and future challenges of the livestock development?
3. How to improve the effective delivery of livestock services to the livestock owners?
The participants deliberated on these aspects and developed an action plan to strengthen delivery of livestock services in the region. Click here for more details on the workshop and the action plan.
Reclaiming Research in Livestock Development through Policy Interventions
CRISP in partnership with the Rajiv Gandhi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (RAGACOVAS), International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) embarked on a multi-stakeholder dialogue on ‘Reclaiming Research in Livestock Development through Policy Interventions’ on 26-27 April, 2011.This publication is a result of this initiative, bringing together the proceedings and recommendations of the workshop with 12 innovations in livestock development with Direct implications for policy.