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  • AddressRASSEA Office: Dramaga Bogor, West Java 16680 Indonesia
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  • AddressRASSEA Office: Dramaga Bogor, West Java 16680 Indonesia


  • PRESS RELEASE – The 12th GFRAS Annual Meeting Side Event
  • “The Tropical Agriculture Platform towards the Future Advisory Services and Agroecology”

    Agriculture in tropical region has a unique agro-ecology and socio-economic of the community. Unprecedented changes related to nature and human activities have affected the agri-food value chains. Considering the challenges of agriculture in the tropics, Rural Advisory Services for Southeast Asia (RAS-SEA) wishes to organize a side event entitled “The Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP) towards the future advisory services and agro-ecology.” The side event aims to share the idea and social innovation on transformation of agriculture/rural advisory services in the new normal era and fast development of digital technology. All stakeholders should have a clear vision for the future agriculture/rural advisory services. The question is how TAP as a platform can assist farmers, female farmers, and youth meet the need? How could extension and advisory services become more professional, sustainable, and agro-ecology oriented? Interested to join? Join us on 30 November 2021 at the designed time.09:30-11:30 Serbia Time15:30-17:30 Jakarta/Bangkok Time 16:30-18:30 KL/Sin/Manila Time

    Please fill the link below :https://bit.ly/The12thGFRASAnnualMeetingSideEventThank you!

  • Building Capacity on Strengthening Agriculture Innovation Systems (AIS) in the Asia-Pacific

    On 19 and 20 October, the Research and Extension Unit of FAO, together with the Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI) and Asia-Pacific Islands Rural Advisory Services Network (APIRAS) have conducted a Training of Trainers (ToT) on Strengthening Agriculture Innovation Systems (AIS) in the Asia-Pacific within the framework of the TAP-AIS project, an EU-funded project that aims to strengthen Agricultural Innovation Systems (AIS).

    FAO’s TAP-AIS project is committed to provide technical support to APAARI and APIRAS to strengthen their capacity to scale this mission in Asia-Pacific. APAARI and APIRAS play an important role in supporting countries in Asia and the Pacific and they jointly carried out a rapid appraisal to scope initiatives aimed at strengthening AIS in Asia. The key findings from the Joint Rapid Appraisal highlighted weak capacity in the region to support innovation processes, in particular through development of functional capacities for innovation.

    The Training of Trainers focused on introducing AIS concepts, TAP Common Framework for functional capacity development and its approaches and tools for practical use.

    About 30 participants (including AIS practitioners, regional experts, researchers, extension advisors and capacity development specialists) joined the webinar from 13 countries in Asia and the Pacific: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Kyrgyzstan, India, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam. Sixty percent of the participants were women.

    The trainers and facilitators from FAO, APAARI and APIRAS actively developed a shared understanding of AIS and provided a mutual space for sharing and learning from their own experiences by engaging participants through interactive presentations, case studies and group activities. Two days of active exchange and learning created a sense of community among participants, with the shared objective and interest to support innovation in their countries and promote functional capacity development through their own work at various national institutes.

    Following this Training of Trainers, the Research and Extension Unit of FAO, in the coming months, will carry out two more ToTs in Africa and Latin America with their partner research and extension organizations in the region. 

    Figure 1. Prof Dr Norsida Man, Dr Epsi Euriga and Ms. Asri Sulistiawati as RASSEA’s delegate on Training of Trainers (ToT) on Strengthening Agriculture Innovation Systems (AIS) in the Asia-Pacific

    Original article: https://www.fao.org/in-action/tropical-agriculture-platform/news/detail/zh/c/1447309/

  • GrowHer Launching in Indonesia!

    The #GrowHer launch in #Indonesia (Wednesday, 15 September) is an opportunity for #agriculture stakeholders to explore how digital platforms and technology play a critical role in empowering #women agripreneurs. Register here to learn more about the systemic issues that women in the industry face and how we can address them 👉 bit.ly/GrowHer-ID

    GrowHer.org is a community-based platform that connects women to learning events, essential resources and best-practice sharing from other women agripreneurs. While we recognize that there is no ‘silver bullet’ to closing the gender gap, GrowHer will help inform, inspire and empower women, providing them with resources to sustainability increase their yields and income.


  • Eid ul Adha Mubarak!

    May the holy occasion of Eid ul Adha give you all the time you need to rejoice and to celebrate Allah’s magnificence in your life. Eid ul Adha Mubarak!

  • Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships Creation

    Current estimates show that nearly 690 million people are hungry. Sustainable development goal 2 (SDG2) seeks sustainable solutions to end hunger in all its forms by 2030 and to achieve food security. The COVID-19 pandemic has had major adverse effects on the food and agricultural sector and, if current trends continue, the end of 2020 could see an additional 130 million people at risk of suffering acute hunger.
    multi-stakeholder partnerships (MSPs) are defined as any collaborative arrangement among stakeholders from two or more different spheres of society (public sector, private sector and/or civil society), pooling their resources together, sharing risks and responsibilities in order to solve a common issue especially malnutrition in all form, to handle a conflict, to elaborate a shared vision, to realize a common objective, to manage a common resource and/or to ensure the protection, production or delivery of an outcome of collective and/or public interest.

  • The Four Basic Principles of Organic Agriculture

    There are four basic principles of organic agriculture that endorsed by IFOAM, 2005:

    1. Principle of Health.
      Focus on Healthy soil, healthy crops, healthy livestock, and healthy people.
    2. Principle of Ecology.
      Focus on Agro-ecology diversity recycling.
    3. Principle of Fairness.
      Focus on ecological and social justice fair trade.
    4. Principle of Care.
      Focus on precaution.
  • Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) and RASSEA Meeting on 2 July 2021

    SUSS & RASSEA have a meeting to proposed future cooperation and collaboration. The panel was attended by Joyce Tan, Razwana Begum Abdul Rahim, and Lukas Santos from SUSS and Dr. Siti Amanah, Lani Eugenia, Epsi Euriga from RASSEA. SUSS students can be the ambassador of food security. In this matter, RASSEA can guide the student about the subject method, knowledge, what students can do. The format can be creating a model of young ambassadors for several years (it can be two years), the ambassador has the duty, wherever they go, they are looking about agricultural sustainability.

    RASSEA commits to advocating for policymakers and contributing to community empowerment. Therefore, we need data, information, evidence (FAO, IFAD, CGIAR) to be aware and industry to share the tool, technology with the farmer. We also need expertise not only ambassadors but also campaigns. At the university level, we can do research, capacity of change. For example, we have NELK from GFRAS, and it is also already in our curriculum. How to put SUSS in RASSEA can be through 1) SUSS student enroll in a summer course, 2) Develop urban farming video, 3) Raise awareness about urban farming, food, lifestyle, decrease waste and innovation in Singapore. As a follow-up, the meeting will be continued by making a written document about the involvement of SUSS in RASSEA and the benefits for the institutions.

  • RASSEA presented in the Seminar of the 3rd PAPPI General Assembly Congress: Introduction, competencies needed for extension and RASSEA Strategic Plan

    RASSEA presented in the Seminar of the 3rd PAPPI General Assembly Congress: Introduction, competencies needed for extension and RASSEA Strategic Plan

    Figure.1 PAPPI National Seminar

    The National Seminar of PAPPI (Indonesian Association of Development Extension Expert), was held on 24th June 2021 in line with the 3rd PAPPI General Assembly Congress. In this occasion, Dr Siti Amanah, Chair of the RASSEA (Rural Advisory Services in Southeast Asia) presented an introduction about RASSEA, future competencies for extension and its strategic plan. RASSEA has been developing a strategic relation with PAPPI along its development phase as one of stakeholder organization in the national level who has a common concern in development extension.

    Global Context of Extension and Rural Advisory Services

    Poverty and hunger remain the most global issue how to permanently end. The World Bank reported that in 2019 more than 10 percent of the world’s population (735.9 million people) were in extreme poverty with an income of less than $1.9 per day. According to UNESCO, at least 14 million children suffer from severe malnutrition and 2 million children die each year from severe malnutrition; Every day, there are 1000 children under the age of 5 years experiencing diarrhea, dysentery and cholera due to water contaminated and inadequate sanitation. Poverty in rural areas is happened to small holder farmers and landless farmers. To reduce the poverty and hunger, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recommend to improving agricultural productivity and incomes and promoting better nutritional practices at all levels.

    Global, Regional and Sub Regional Networks for Rural Advisory Services

    To response to the above situation, GFRAS (Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services) has established in 2009 as an extension organization at the global level with a network platform to seek endeavor to improve the performance of [human] development extension. There are 18 regional and sub-regional extension forums around the world linked to GFRAS. RASSEA is the Sub Regional Network (SRN) forum for Asia Pacific Islands Rural Advisory Services (APIRAS) Network. The concept underlying GFRAS is the Agricultural Innovation System (AIS) that describes the interrelation of various actors who are connected in a multi-actor network to generate, disseminate, and apply knowledge in the form of products, processes, organizations used in social, economic and policy institutions. The central of AIS is the innovation developed relevant to the supply and demand from actors involved in the system.

    To contribute to improving the quality of life of farmers/cultivators/fishers/communities, an interlink nested of South East Asia Extension Forum (RASSEA) is established as a space for multi-stakeholders to work together to ensure the availability of professional extension services. Whereas Southeast Asia is an attractive region with relatively high productivity as youth population made of 30% of population, economic growth, socio-cultural aspects, and development policies. RASSEA has potential to support the achievement of SDG1 (eliminate poverty) and SDG2 (no hunger) through learning and capacity development, policy advocacy, collaboration, and knowledge management.  

    RASSEA has prepared a strategic plan for 2021-2030 which is divided into four stages: consolidation and strengthening, development, maintenance, and maturation along with development, strengthening internally, externally, and financially. Values ​​of trustworthiness, respect, inclusiveness, pluralism, and cooperation in implementing programs and activities. RASSEA welcomes contribution from the private extension providers, government, civil society organization, donor, international agencies, universities, and investor to work together towards the betterment performance of extension and advisory services.

    Fig 1. RASSEA Strategic Plan 2021-2030
    Source: Amanah, Euriga, Eugenia (2021)

    The New Extensionist as new framework for Capacity Development in Agriculture Innovation System

    Extension must be able to collectively play a broad role. This includes developing networks, organizing producers, facilitating access to credit, agricultural infrastructure, post-harvest services, developing platforms for innovation, promoting gender equality, facilitating knowledge and information management, supporting climate change adaptation actions, and dissemination of new knowledge through training and demonstrations. plots. To be able to carry out this role, new capacities are needed at the individual, organizational, and system levels (enabling environment). With new capacities at various levels, extension services can perform as expected. The operationalization of the New Extensionist is outlined in Extension Learning Kits (NELK). There are 13 modules in NELK that can be modified and developed by the user. NELK has been translated into various languages.

    Furthermore, investments in human development through educational approaches, including training and collective action programs in extension can improve the quality of life of individuals, families and society at large. For example, a study on investment from the business world, the government, and farmers in improving the quality of cocoa beans show that training in the technical and non-technical aspects of cocoa commodities, as well as group institutional assistance, can improve the ability of more modern farming and women’s confidence (Amanah et al., 2020). Through advocacy and leadership, multi-stakeholders can convergently voice the needs of farmers, women, youth, and the community for the information, innovation, training and support needed to increase productivity and welfare.

    1. Amanah S, Euriga E, Eugenia L, 2021. RASSEA Strategic Plan 2021-2030. Bogor: IPB Press.
    2. Amanah, S. 2021.Meningkatkan Performa Penyuluhan untuk Mengurangi Kelaparan dan Kemiskinan secara Berkelanjutan: Perspektif Internasional (Enhancing Extension Performance to Eliminate Hunger and Poverty Sustainably: International Perspective). Paper presented in National Seminar and the 3rd PAPPI General Assembly Congress. 24 June 2021.
    3. Amanah, S., Suprehatin, Iskandar E., Mutiara R., Eugenia, L., 2020. Investing in Lead Farmers and Farmer Groups with Public-Private Producer Partnerships. AHCI Case Study Report.
    4. ASEAN.org 2017.ASEAN Potency and Challenge. ASEAN.org.
    5. https://rassea.org/
    6. https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/poverty-rate-by-country
    7. https://olc.worldbank.org/system/files/AIS%20Sourcebook.pdf
    8. https://www.g-fras.org/en/activities/the-new-extensionist.html
    Figure 2. PAPPI National Seminar
    Figure 3. Prof. Dr. Arif Satria, SP, M.Si (Keynote Speech)
    Figure 4. Prof. Dr. Ir. Sumardjo, M.S. (Opening Speech)
  • National Seminar and Congress III The Association of Indonesian Development Extention Expert (PAPPI), Thursday, 24th June 2021


    Building human civilization requires synergy and collective work of many parties. The concept of ‘pentahelix’ development which consists of elements from the government, society, academia, business field and the media which support each other is needed to accelerate the achievement of development goals. On that basis, The Association of Indonesian Development Extension Experts (PAPPI) will hold a National Seminar and Congress III with the theme: * The Strategic Role of Extension in Human Development through the Penta Helix Approach in the Digital Age. *

    The main goals of the activity is to provide space for the exchange of ideas, dissemination of study results and sharing practical experiences in order to build multi-stakeholder synergies, strengthening institutions, developing networks and collaborating for the development of human resource quality in various fields of development, contributing to the development of development extension science, community development, and related fields in anticipating the digital era that has changed human behavior patterns at the local and global levels. Activities will be carried out on:
    Day, date: Thursday, 24 June 2021
    At: 08.30-12.30 WIB (National Seminar) &
    At: 13.30-16.00 WIB (Congress)
    Media / Location: Online via zoom meeting
    Registration link: http://ipb.link/reg-seminar-kongres-pappi-2021
    Contact person: http://wa.me/628128546373
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