Info and Update


    Siti Amanah (IPB University & RASSEA Forum)

    The Government of Indonesia has issued the Law Number 18 of 2012 about Food. This Law obliges all government agencies and organizations to support the policy and strategy of food diversification to meet the community nutritional needs in accordance with local potential and wisdom to create a healthy, active, and healthy life. productive. Efforts to diversify food as stated in Article 26 of Government Regulation Number 17 of 2015 concerning Food Security and Nutrition, one of which can be through optimizing land use. Previously, the Food Security Agency (BKP) through the Center for Consumption Diversity and Food Safety from 2010 to 2019 has carried out Sustainable Food House Area Activities (KRPL). To expand beneficiaries and land use, since year 2020, KRPL has changed to Sustainable Food Yard or in Indonesian Language (Bahasa Indonesia) called Pekarangan Pangan Lestari (abbreviated as P2L) (Decision from the Head of Indonesia Food Security Agency Number 87/KPTS/RC.110/J/12/2019 about Technical Guidance to Strengthen Household Security through Sustainable Food Yard year 2020).

    With cooperation with RELASER (Latin America Forum for Agricultural Extension), RASSEA Team is studying implementation of P2L where agricultural extension services have successfully incorporated nutrition aspect. In P2L, the community work together to manage the land/yard with crops or raising fishes in big buckets or raising laying hen for eggs). The yields from community co-managed small land/yard are nutritious and healthy food. We expect that the case study described here will contribute new strategies, evidence, and lessons learned that can be adapted to other context or other regions.

    Key concepts that we used to select the case study on integration of nutrition in agricultural extension is that developed by GFRAS (GFRAS-Nutrition Working Group). The two key concepts are the EAS and NSA. where extension advisory services (EAS).  The concept of Extension and Advisory Services (EAS) also known as “rural advisory services” and “rural extension” refers to the function of RAS aims to help farmers and other actors in rural settings to improve their livelihoods and well-being (Christoplos, 2010), by providing information and services needed and demanded by them to develop their technical skills and practices (GFRAS, n.d. in GFRAS 2022).  The concept of NSA used in this case study views that NSA is an approach ensuring the production of a variety of affordable, nutritious, culturally appropriate, and safe foods, in adequate quantity and quality, to meet the dietary requirements of populations in a sustainable manner (FAO, 2017).  

     The case that we study is based on the two concepts mentioned above. In addition to that, we also review our previous and current work related to the EAS and NSA/ESN including research and community outreach about sustainable agriculture, food, female farmers empowerment, effective communication to increase knowledge and awareness about “Diverse, Nutritious, Balance, and Safe” meal or in Indonesia Language called “Beragam, Bergizi, Seimbang dan Aman (B2SA)”.  In organizing our two webinars as part of this assignment, RASSEA invited the resource persons to talk about EAS and about NSA in the first webinar; and RASSEA invited the resource persons to talk about EAS practices in the local context (on farm activities) and about food for preventing malnutrition and other problems (off-farm aspect).

     We learn from the webinars we organize that there are several programs that associated with NSA including: nutrizinc paddy cultivation to prevent stunting (as part of Strategic Irrigation, Modernization, and Urgent Rehabilitation Project); Sustainable Food Yard that has been implemented since 2010 and still on going to date, practiced by female farmer group supported by extension worker and volunteer extension workers; Integrated Health Services (Pos Pelayanan Terpadu) managed by health cadres with the support from Center for Community Health; Food fortification with certain Vitamin  from Ministry of Health, Content of My Plate, Field School for Agricultural Movement on Paddy-Rice Organic, Climate Smart Agriculture, Rural Empowerment and Agricultural Development Scaling-Up Initiative (READSI), and nutrition, health, and gender (as part of Integrated Participatory Development & Management of Irrigation Program).

    To select the case study, we set the criteria relevant to NSA/ESN concepts as follows: (1) has shown the evidence of agricultural solutions; (2) community engagement and women empowerment; (3) capacity of the group/community in managing the program/activity; (4) availability of EAS in delivering the services; and (5) sustainability of the NSA practices. From the second webinar we held, we found that Sustainable Food Yard has been implemented well and managed by the farmer/female farmers group in collaboration with public and private organizations. We did not select the nutrizinc-paddy production because the program is implemented in limited sites and the farmers have not widely planted the paddy INPARI enriched by nutrizinc because the seed is not always available locally. Below are some pictures collected from the fields that practicing P2L in their yards.


    A community cadre explains about the nursery media for vegetable crops used for Sustainable Food Yard Site in Bogor, Indonesia

    A Sustainable Food Yard Site practiced by the female farmer’s group of Balumbang Jaya Bogor (with trigona sp bee is also managed by the group)

    The female farmer group “Berseri” with RASSEA Team after the discussions about nutrition sensitive agriculture


    Wishing you a prosperous New Year

    filled with happiness and new opportunities.

  • Institutional Innovation to Facilitate Low-Cost Organic Certification- How Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) Work in Vietnam, APIRAS-APAARI-FAO-TAP Good Practice Note 4
  • Webinar: Nutrition Sensitive Agricultural Extension

    When: Friday, 27 October 2023

    Providing nutritious and nutrient-dense food to improve the level of public health is the responsibility of various parties. The problems of stunting, wasting, being underweight, and being overweight are not only the domain of the health sector but also in other sectors such as nutrition-oriented agricultural production. As a follow-up, the Rular Advisory Services for South East Asia (RASSEA) Forum plans to hold a Nutrition-Sensitive Agricultural Extension webinar on Friday, 27 October 2023, inviting extension practitioners, farming actors and entrepreneurs, food experts, researchers, academics and the wider community.



    Agriculture sector in Southeast Asia is facing serious problem, in which the production several comodities such as rice and corn is fluctuated causing the unstability in the food supply. One factor influencing the rice productions is climate extreme.

    El Niño is a climate pattern that describes the unusual warming of surface waters in the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean. Trade winds and atmosphere are also impacted by El Niño.

    In Indonesia, currently the price of rice is increasing because the availability of rice is decreasing. The impact of El Nino greatly influences this situation. Several provinces have experienced drought which has resulted in rice fields failing to harvest.

    The Impact of El Nino on Farmers

    The impact of El Nino is felt by farmers, especially in the agricultural sector. Some of the impacts are:

    1. Drought

    El Nino often causes sea surface temperatures to increase and reduce rainfall in some areas. Prolonged drought can occur as a result of this, causing the availability of water for agriculture to decrease.

    • Planting Season Disruption

    El Nino changes weather patterns and can disrupt the usual planting season. Farmers may experience delays in planting crops, a reduction in planting area, or even crop failure.

    • Diseases and Pests

    Changes in weather conditions due to El Nino can affect the spread of plant diseases and pests. A more favorable environment for some diseases and pests may emerge, which can lead to faster spread and damage to crops and reduced yields.

    • Decrease in Plant Quality

    High temperatures and water shortages due to El Nino can cause a decrease in crop quality. Fruits and vegetables grown in less than ideal conditions tend to be smaller, taste less delicious, and have poor overall quality.

    • Market Instability

    Changes in agricultural production due to El Nino can cause market instability. If harvests are reduced or fail, supply can decrease, which can then lead to price increases and an imbalance between supply and demand.

    Mitigation and climate data are very necessary in the agricultural sector to reduce negative impacts. Therefore, modern agriculture based on data and good risk analysis must be strengthened and its socialization must be intensified.

    Efforts to Anticipate and Adapt to El Nino in the Agricultural Sector

    To face the threat of El Nino, farmers and governments can take the following steps:

    Identification and Mapping of Affected Areas

    Identifying and mapping areas at risk of experiencing drought is an important step to anticipate and overcome the impact of El Nino. Higher risk areas can be categorized into red, yellow and green zones to devise appropriate mitigation strategies.

    • Planting Acceleration

    Farmers can speed up the planting schedule to catch the remaining rain that is still available before the dry period arrives. In this way, they can maximize the potential yield.

    • Increased Availability of Machine Tools

    The government can increase the availability of agricultural tools and machinery (machines) to help farmers in the process of accelerating planting. Modern machinery allows the planting process to be more efficient and faster.

    • Increased Water Availability

    Construction and improvement of water management infrastructure such as reservoirs, ditch dams, infiltration wells, rehabilitation of irrigation networks and pumping are important to increase water availability during the dry season.

    • Provision of Drought and OPT Resistant Seeds

    Providing superior seeds that are drought resistant and optimal pest and disease (OPT) control options need to be prioritized to ensure agriculture continues to produce well even in unfavorable weather conditions.

    • El Nino Impact Adaptation and Mitigation Program

    The government can design special adaptation and mitigation programs to deal with the impacts of El Nino. This program can include education, technical guidance, and assistance for farmers.

    • Centralized and Independent Development of Organic Fertilizer

    Using organic fertilizer can help increase soil fertility and plant resistance to drought. The development of centralized and independent organic fertilizer can support farmers in facing El Nino.


    The younger generation has an important role in agricultural development. The baton of agricultural development will be passed on to generations who have aspirations to advance the agricultural sector.

    The role of youth in agricultural development is:

    1. Role in the process of making agricultural development policies.
    2. Supervision of government programs in the agricultural sector.
    3. Assistance and empowerment of farmers.
    4. Become a strong agricultural human resource.
  • PRESS RELEASE “THE THIRD BIENNIAL RASSEA 2023” Webinar in Conjuction With RASSEA Meeting

    RASSEA is an organization part of the GFRAS network, which is a Sub Regional network that enables multi stakeholders in extension education/RAS to engage and support for the betterment of extension education/RAS towards the sustainability of agri-food in South East Asia.

    Since its establishment in 2019, RASSEA has endeavored to provide support and advocacy in the implementation of agricultural extension in Southeast Asia through various meetings and formulation of recommendations for countries as part of country fora as well as recommendations that can be implemented regionally.

    RASSEA has developed a strategic plan for 2021-2030 as an operational plan which will also use as a monitoring system that will support program and action planning, measure changes and developments in extension/RAS. in the RASSEA strategic Plan it is stated that RASSEA provide forum exchange or sharing of knowledge and experiences, processing data and information, promoting innovation and lesson learnt among the member countries in extension/RAS. So this webinar and meeting is important as an effort to share experiences as well as prepare recommendations regarding extension/RAS.

    1. Youth in Agriculture by Laras Salsabila, Sustainable Development Practice/Post Graduate Student at University of Florida

    The role of youth in agriculture is very important as a successor in preparing future food for this reason, it is necessary to have strategies and policies that are conducive so that young people are interested in doing business in the agricultural sector by develop holistic youth development program and Simplify regulatory processes as well as to create a one-stop platform for all agricultural business needs. At the empowerment side, involving youth in agriculture sector should be provide and develop a curriculum that aligns with current agricultural trends and demands for specialized training sessions, webinars, or workshops on agri-tech, sustainable farming, and agri-business management

    • Integration Nutrition in Extension and Advisory Service by Dr. Virginia Cardenas, APIRAS Board Member and GFRAS Focal Point.

    Improving nutrition is at the core of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda 2: Zero Hunger. It meant that food security, nutrition and agriculture are part of the same global agenda. SDG 2 encourages the world to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. In line with the purpose of extension/RAS which encompasses all activities aimed to providing information and services needed by farmers and other actors in rural settings, which assist them in developing their own technical, organizational, and management skills and practices so as to improve their livelihoods and well-being.  The integration of nutrition in RAS is important because it is necessary to raise awareness for all parties, both for farmers as producers of quality food to women who will process nutritious food. For that sake it will be requires a strong and comprehensive policy because it is not only from the agricultural side but also from the health side and also law enforcement especially to get fair food for the people.

    The RASSEA 3rd Biennial Meeting discussed follow-ups that would be carried out by both the country fora and RASSEA as regional networking. As an introduction to the discussion, start with the presentation delivered by:

    1. Dr. Siti Amanah as chairperson of RASSEA
    2. Dr. Arlene Flores as the Philipines Country fora chairperson
    3. Prof. Dr. Noorsida Man as country Fora chairperson of Malaysia
    4. Dr. Johan David Wetik as country fora chairperson for Indonesia

    The discussion at the RASSEA 3rd  Biennial Meeting conducted by each presenter conveyed the potentials and constraints in developing the organization both in each country and regionally. 

    In general, the problems faced by country fora concern to governance and organizations that are still not sustainable, support from stakeholders that needs to be increased, as well as adequate financial support for the implementation of activities in accordance with plans that have been develop. However, all country forums agree that the activities carried out have very positive impact in developing extensions/RAS in each respective country for strengthening the food and nutrition system through an approach that prioritizes community empowerment.

    The meeting resulted in several points of following agreement was obtained:

    1. Maintaining program and activities include RASSEA website as information and communication virtual platform
    2. Strengthening country fora in providing support or recommendations for implementing extensions/RAS in each respective country
    3. Conduct join program of RAS in South East Asia on matters of capacity building, poverty alleviation, gender mainstreaming to improve the quality of extension/RAS for developing better food and nutrition policy.
    4. Identify champion figures who can pushed  organizations to the next level that have leadership and integrity
    5. Strengthening network with potential partner in developing extension/RAS
    6. Identify opportunities to obtain sustainable funding sources by fund raising and resources mobilization

    The next 4th RASSEA meeting in 2025 will be proposed hosted by the Phillipines/Phileasnet.

  • THE THIRD BIENNIAL RASSEA – 2023 –> When: Wednesday, 30th August 2023 –> Where : Online Via Zoom
  • GLOBAL WEBINAR “Contemporary Digital Innovations & Solution for Agricultural Extension”

    Dear Digital RAS Community,

    We are happy to announce that, after discussions with our GIZ colleagues, we have set a date for the Global Webinar on the Digital RAS project.

    We propose it for Tuesday, 29 August, between 13:00 and 15:00 CEST.

    A full programme will follow in the next weeks, but attached is already a flyer we ask you to share with your networks. It has the registration link, which you can also find here.

    We’re looking forward to seeing you all there!

    The registration link, which you can also find here.

  • VIRTUAL MEETING Topic: Country Fora Enhancement

    Friday, 9 June 2023. Dr. Siti Amanah (Chair, APIRAS, and RASSEA), Prof Dr Norsida Man (Chairperson for Malaysia Forum for RAS Network), Dr. Johan David Wetik (Chairperson, IFRAS), Dr. Epsi Euriga (Program Officer, RASSEA), Dr. Ranny Mutiara C., Lanny Eugenia, and Feriadi were involved in the virtual meeting. The topic is Country Fora Enhancement especially in southeast asia. The results of the meeting agreed that The Third Annual Meeting of RASSEA Would be held in September. The even will be hosted by Malaysia Forum for RAS Network Cooperated with IFRAS UPM, FEMA IPB University, University Community Transformation Centre (UCTC).


    The 3rd Regional Virtual Meeting on Digital RAS in Asia, 

    May 10th, 2023

    Rural Advisory Services for Southeast Asia (RASSEA) in collaboration with the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) successfully held the 3rd Regional Webinar on May 10th 2023, with the theme: “Contemporary Digital Innovations in Southeast Asia Agricultural Extension.” This seminar was also supported by the Faculty of Human Ecology IPB University and the Indonesian Association of Development Extension Experts (PAPPI). This seminar aims to share the results of studies on Contemporary Digital Innovations in Southeast Asia Agricultural Extension. The study team led by Dr. Siti Amanah involved teams from two countries, namely Indonesia and the Philippines.  Attending the seminar were representatives of the Government of  Indonesia, Stakeholders and Global & Regional RAS Networks. Participants came from several countries, including Indonesia, the Philippines and Switzerland. This seminar presented speakers Dr. Siti Amanah &; Dr. Rani Mutiara (Indonesia) and Dr. Arlene Luna Flores (Philippines), moderated by Dr. Eric Palacpac from the Philippines.

    Ms. Ingrid Oleivera representing GFRAS delivered a welcoming speech, explaining that the objective of the study is to have a better understanding of digital solutions work in the region, challenges and potentials, the conclusions and future recommendations for all actors to support RAS, and Promote cross learning. 


    Dr Eric Palacpac moderated the presentation and discussions during the webinar.  Dr Eric is Chief Knowledge Management Division, Department of Agriculture – Philippines Carabao Center. He was the former President of the Philippines Extension and Advisory Services Network (PhilEASNet). Dr. Eric introduced the three speakers to the webinar participants and facilitated the discussions.

    A glance of the introduction was shared by Dr Siti Amanah as the  Chairperson of RASSEA. She explained the background, objective, approach and strategies to undertake the Digital RAS study in two selected countries in Southeast Asia, Indonesia and the Philippines. It was briefly explained that the rapid development of ICT has changed strategies in the agricultural sector, especially in terms of increasing farmers’ or producer’s knowledge and skills so that they can produce quality and competitive products. With the development of information and communication technology, the agricultural extension approach has transformed from a process that requires the full support of extension workers to a very independent extension where farmers seek and obtain information with the support of information technology. 

    Dr Ranny Mutiara presents learning from an Indonesia case study, My Agri, a Digital RAS App focused on Horticulture. Share the overall profile and key findings explored towards its user characteristics and dynamic, services and benefits, current business model, impact and challenges. Mentions the conclusions of the My Agri case study that is Digital agriculture extension offers great potential to assist farmers, extension workers, and other users with access to real-time information, including on-farm and off-farm solutions. The challenges and constraints in scaling up the services, among others, are institutionalization issues, technical aspects (such as Accessibility, Human Resource capacity development) and sustainability (such as Business Model Development, Financial Plan, Technology & Services Innovations and Political Will). 

    Dr Arlene Flores presents Learning from the Philippines case study, The Rice Crop Manager Advisory Services (RCMAS), a suite of complementary tools integrated into a single digital platform in Rice. Share the overall profile and key findings explored towards its users, current partnership/business model, results and impacts, challenges and lessons learned, and its specific recommendations. Mentions the conclusions of RCMAS case study that Digitally supported extension/RAS provided benefit, usefulness, recognition towards performance and promoted inclusive development to farmers and implementers. There are a number of challenges that need to be addressed to support the digital transformation in agricultural extension among others, are institutionalization, technical aspects (such as Infrastructure, Digital tools, Human Resource capacity development, and Data) and sustainability (such as Partnership & collaboration Development and Financial). 

    Major highlights from the Discussion towards Strategic Framework to promote Digital RAS among priorities were presented by Ms Lani Eugenia and Dr Epsi Euriga. The key insights presented include (1) Multi-stakeholder awareness, partnership and collaboration to give more impact (scalability and sustainability of Digital RAS) and business model development that fulfills the needs of farmers, (2) HR Capacity Development towards technology (especially for extension workers and farmers), (3) ICT Infrastructure (especially in rural areas, strengthening local/village extension center), (4) Government Support: Policy (Policy Development and Regulations in Digital RAS). (5) Financing (Long term finance; integrating into the MoA/DA, cooperation and partnership with the private sector and investors, including incentives for experts or extension workers)

    In the closing statement, Ms Ingrid Oliveira invited the audiences to participate in the global events of GFRAS that will exchange learning about digital RAS study from different regions. A reminder about the next webinar was also notified. Before the webinar closed, Ms. Harieta Julie Zefanya Matondang as the MC invited all attendees to take photo sessions. 

    May 10th, 2023

     RASSEA Study Team


    When : Wednesday, May 10, 2023.

    Rural Advisory Services for Southeast Asia (RASSEA) Forum is a Sub Regional Network (SRN) of Asia Pacific Islands Rural Advisory Services (APIRAS) and a member of the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS). Faculty of Human Ecology (FEMA) IPB University has been the host of RASSEA since its establishment.

    Representing APIRAS, supported by GFRAS and giz, RASSEA has conducted a study on contemporary digital innovations in Southeast Asia agricultural extension. MyAgri in Indonesia and Rice Crop Manager Advisory Service (RCMAS) in the Philippines are selected as the cases. The study aims to understand how digital solutions work, whether there are any challenges experienced in providing the services and further strategies to improve the rural advisory services (RAS).

    The 3rd Regional Virtual Meeting will share the results from our inquiries into the two cases, exchange learning among the meeting participants, and discuss the strategy to promote future digital tools in RAS. The speakers are the RASSEA Study Team and the discussants.

    Please register through this link:

    The Virtual Regional Meeting will be held on:
    Day, date: Wednesday, 10 Mei 2023
    at 14:30 – 16:30 CET or 19:30 – 21:30 UTC+7 (Jakarta, Bangkok)

    The rundown program (in UTC+7)
    19:30 Opening (MC)
    19:35 Welcoming Speech from GFRAS/RASSEA
    19:45 Moderator (Dr. Eric Palacpac) invites the presenters
    19:50 Background and approaches of the study: Dr. Siti Amanah
    20:00 Learning from the Indonesia Case Study (MyAgri): Dr. Ranny Mutiara
    20:15 Learning from the Philippines Case Study (RCMAS): Dr. Arlene Luna Flores
    20:30 Discussions
    21:15 Wrap up (Ms. Lanny Eugenia and Dr. Epsi Euriga)

    Looking forward to having you in the event.
    Thank you.

    Best regards,

  • HAPPY RAMADHAN 1444 H/2023

    FRIENDS of RASSEA…., The beautiful and holy month will soon return to bring meaningful happiness to the waiting souls. Ramadan is a month full of forgiveness, it’s time for us to cleanse ourselves from all sins to return to fitrah to achieve victory. Happy Ramadhan.


    Dear Digital RAS Group,

    Below is the invitation for tomorrow’s webinar, hosted by Anglophone Africa:
    Their presentation will focus on:


    The Webinar discussed about the current potentials and challenges of digitalization and Rural Advisory Services in Asia, conducted in collaboration with RASSEA, GFRAS, GIZ and supported by APIRAS and IPB University. Attend in the webinar are Representative of Gov’t of Indonesia, Gov’t of Philippines, Global & Regional RAS Stakeholders and Networks, Indonesia and the Philippines Study Team, and Resource Persons in RAS Technology & Communication Services.

    Dr.Hlami Ngwenya from GFRAS Secretariat open the webinar and expressed enthusiasm in following the sharing exchange, expected lesson learn inspire from the recent Digital RAS study that can be share within GFRAS networks, while Chairperson of RASSEA, Dr.Siti Amanah extended welcome speech to all the participants  

    Sharing Session By Mr. Erlangga and Mr. Ronny Adhikarya

    –  an opportunity towards new concept of knowledge/communication brokering, where in this case ( GFRAS has been developing a concept of knowledge brokering called new extensionist, Inclusive RAS Participation by Formulate involvement RAS actor within AIS,  opportunities towards ICT, and created New Extensionist learning KIT), alternative channels to generated Online Service through Social Media, and other online platform.

    Opportunity and challenge to explore A demand driven RAS orientation

    – Challenge remaining in RAS tech Infrastructure and Digital Litercy, and measuring Digital RAS effectively use by farmer and extensionist, a need towards Ethic communication, a need smart tool in validating data and Generating financial scheme such as paid digital extension

    • Closure and way forward

    In a fast changing world, Digital RAS plays as effective tool to closing the gap towards some existing RAS demand. Yet issues towards access, technical, management, and funding are those that become great homework for all, the RAS stakeholders.


    The Digitas Ras team held a meeting to prepare for the webinar. The event will be held on Thursday 9 March 2023. Good preparation is done for maximum results.


    The Digitas Ras team held a meeting to prepare for the webinar. The event will be held on Thursday 9 March 2023. Good preparation is done for maximum results.


    Time: Thursday, 9 Mar 2023, at 10:00-12:00 CET (Swiss, Berlin)*
    16:00-18:00 UTC+7 (Jakarta/Bangkok)/17:00-19:00 UTC+8


    The 14th GFRAS Annual Meeting (GAM), hosted by the North American Agricultural Advisory Network (NAAAN) is scheduled for Tuesday, October 17, through Thursday, October 19, 2023. This in-person event will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Denver Union Station in Denver, Colorado, United States and will focus on ‘Building the Next Generation of Leaders in Agriculture’. Additional meeting information will be shared in the coming weeks and months.

    We encourage international attendees to begin the visa application process as soon as possible. Contact the NAAAN Secretariat with visa-related questions by emailing If you are interested in supporting the event as a sponsor, we encourage you to also contact the NAAAN Secretariat.

    The NAAAN is an agricultural advisory service network that links agricultural extension communities with one another and with stakeholders in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. NAAAN connects with counterparts in other countries through membership in GFRAS and is the 17th GFRAS network.

    On Tuesday, 13st February 2023 a meeting was held which was initiated by the GFRAS secretariat. This meeting was held in order to evaluate the progress of the Digital Extension project. This meeting was attended by several regions, namely Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America.
    Ingrid Oliveira as a GFRAS representative said that the project being worked on was rolling according to the agreed time. If there are obstacles in the region, the team can to solve the problem by simplifying and readjusting it so that the digital extension project can be completed.


    APIRAS Learning Workshop, Bangkok, Thailand, 24-26 January 2023

    Figure 1. APIRAS Learning Workshop

    Bangkok, Dr. Siti Amanah (Chair, APIRAS, and RASSEA), Dr. Epsi Euriga (Program Officer, RASSEA), and Dr. Johan David Wetik (Chairperson, IFRAS) were involved in the APIRAS Learning Workshop in Bangkok, Thailand. On this, the first day of the workshop, the sub-regional network including Siti Amanah (RAS-SEA), Botir Dosov (CAC-FRAS), Souvanthong Namvong (MELA) Nimisha Mittal (AESA) presented the current status as like key interventions, governance, support to Country Fora (CF), financing, challenges and opportunities, and future plans. The agenda followed by a presentation from regional networks/initiatives:(1) Ravi Khetarpal (APAARI), Pierre Ferrand (FAO-RAP), Roy Murray Prior (APEN), Song Yong-sup (RDA/AFACI) and Eng Chheanghong (GIZ) Delgermaa Chuluunbaatar (FAO-TAP-AIS) also GFRAS initiatives and documentation on Country Fora (CF) by Ingrid Oliveira (GFRAS). Then the final meeting on the first day established CF including Arlene Flores (PhilEASNet-Philippines), Afzal Hossain Bhuiyan (BAEN-Bangladesh), Botir Dosov (KGFRAS-Kyrgyzstan).

    The second day began with a wrap-up from day one by Virginia Cardenas (member APIRAS SC) and then followed by the presentation of the current status of the emerging CF (Key interventions, governance, financing, composition, challenges, and opportunities, and future plans) including Krishantha & Ranila (Sri Lanka), Mahesh Chander (India), Chea Sokhon & Heng Choulong (Cambodia), Johan David Wetik & Epsi Euriga (Indonesia), Norsida (Malaysia), Nabira (Uzbekistan), Turmandakh (Mongolia), Bulent Sezer (Turkiye), Kerimbekov (Kazakhstan). After the current status of emerging CF, then followed by groups work sub-region. They have developed a 2-year work plan for the newly emerging CF Based on the learnings from Day 1 and new opportunities that they visualize after that each CF makes a 10 minutes presentation on CF Work Plan. The third day is closed with a presentation of what actions are needed to strengthen APIRAS and the action needed include (identification of key interventions, key responsibilities, implementation plan, and timelines.) on Regional Initiatives; Sub-Regional Initiatives; CF Initiatives; Participation in GFRAS Initiatives (Nutrition Working Group/Digital Extension Study/ Agroecology Initiative, NELK-New modules and Promotion).

    The last day of APIRAS learning workshop activities is the Extended Steering Committee Meeting of APIRAS to discuss: (1) Hosting, (2) Governance, (3) Resource Generation, (4) Collaborations, (5) Priorities chaired by Siti Amanah (Chair, APIRAS) and facilitated by Rasheed Sulaiman V.

  • Register for the GFRAS Annual Meeting

    The GFRAS Annual Meeting is Approaching: Register Now! 

    The 13th GFRAS Annual Meeting will take place face-to-face between 25 and 27 October 2022 in Santiago, Chile. Side events are planned to take place on October 24th.

    Join us to discuss ways that agriculture and nutrition impact each other, what can extensionists change in order to improve nutrition and how to effectively partner with others working on improving the nutrition of different communities.

    The Annual Meeting is co-organized by the Red Latinoamericana para Servicios de Extensión Rural (RELASER), the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the Universidad de Chile, and the Chile Ministry of Agriculture. Registration will stay open until September 15.

    Link Registration :

    Posters Session

    During the GAM, you will have the chance to present your work or project related to nutrition and extension. Let us know in the registration form whether you are interested. Persons interested in presenting a poster should register before August 31.

    Persons interested in presenting their work during a Poster Session will also have the possibility to do it remotely. Kindly note that only a few slots will be made available for remote presentations, and this will be confirmed on an individual basis. Interested persons should fill in the registration form and send an e-mail to to inform they wish to present remotely. There is no fee for online participation.

  • Webinar on: Strengthening capacities of key regional research and extension organizations to support agriculture innovation in Asia-Pacific

    The Asia-Pacific Islands Rural Advisory Services Network (APIRAS) and the Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI) in partnership with the Research and Extension Unit of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations are committed to strengthening agriculture innovation systems (AIS) in the Asia-Pacific region for agri-food systems transformation.

    In line with this commitment, they would like to cordially invite you to the upcoming webinar “Strengthening capacities of key regional research and extension organizations to support agriculture innovation in Asia-Pacific” to share their recent work in the region, highlighting new survey results on the challenges and opportunities facing national research and extension organizations in strengthening AIS and good practices from regional initiatives that have successfully addressed some of these challenges. The webinar will take place on 21st June 2022, from 11:30 to 13:00 Bangkok time.

    Panellists from research and extension organizations in the Asia-Pacific will discuss the results, linking them with their practical experiences, thus demonstrating potential solutions to key issues facing agriculture innovation in the region.
    This event is organized in the context of the EU-funded TAP-AIS project, implemented by FAO.

    For more information : ;

  • Call for Papers : Tropentag 2022

    Tropentag, the annual international conference on research in tropical and subtropical agriculture and rural development, encourages young scientists to present their work.

    We already received a good number of contributions for Tropentag 2022 however, on request we will leave our submission portal open untill May 10, 2022 (at midnight CEST).
    This year’s Tropentag will take place in Prague from 14 to 16 September 2022 and is interdisciplinary, science-based and development-oriented.
    We offer both, in-person and online-only participation possibilities.

    For more info :

  • 13th GFRAS Annual Meeting

    Save the date for the next GFRAS Annual Meeting! Hosted by the Red Latinoamericana de Extensión Rural (RELASER), the 13th GAM will take place between 24 and 28 October 2022 in Santiago, Chile. The topic of this year’s meeting is “Nutrition-Sensitive Extension” and we will offer, as always, keynote addresses, group discussions, field trips, and create many possibilities to discuss and plan the implementation of needed changes in our food systems. Participants will also be offered the possibility to join remotely.  Registration will open in June, here on the GFRAS website.

  • APDM IAAS Asia Pacific x RASSEA Webinar: “Rethinking Youth-driven Innovation for Enhancing Sustainable Agriculture in the New Normal Era”
    Photo 1. Presentation of material by Dr. Siti Amanah, Chair of the RASSEA

    The International Association of Students in Agricultural and Related Sciences (IAAS) Asia Pacific in collaboration with RASSEA (Rural Advisory Services in Southeast Asia) held a webinar in a series of Asia-Pacific Director Meeting activities on Monday, March 21st2022 via Zoom Meeting. This activity has the theme “Rethinking Youth-driven Innovation for enhancing Sustainable Agriculture in the New Normal Era”. On this occasion, Dr. Siti Amanah, Chair of the RASSEA presented a material entitled Youth Innovation and Sustainable Agriculture. This topic is very important because, in this era, it is very necessary to present an opportunity to increase interest in the agricultural sector, especially for youth.

    Youth’s Innovation and Sustainable Agriculture

    Agriculture is not only about sources of food, fuel, fiber, and forests. However, more holistically, it consists of environmental, political, socio-economic & business aspects. Management of agricultural resources is not only about the inputs provided but also about the management of human resources. The important things of human resources in agriculture is about actors who are responsible for managing agricultural land from the preparation stage to the production. The managers of agricultural resources are important to be regenerated in order to make agriculture develops and advances for future generations. Therefore, the agricultural sector requires the potential of youth who are able to contribute to agricultural problems in Indonesia.

    In reality, agriculture in particular sustainable agriculture and food systems has its own challenges. The existence of aging in agriculture, land-use change and conversion occurs a lot and becomes a problem, so innovation and support system are really needed. One of them is through a structural and cultural approach. One of the most important is the approach by maximizing the role of youth. According to United Nations data via VVEF, the percentage of youth aged 10-24 years in 2050 will continue to decrease. This is certainly a challenge to be able to optimize the role of youth in the agricultural sector. Therefore, to be able to improve youth engagement and innovation, it is important to maximize the character potential, curiosity, tenacity, care & competencies of youth. This is very important to be able to build collaboration, systems, leadership and mobilization of resources. Millennial characters that are very important for are trusting, able to maintain connectivity, creative, and able to manage digital devices (IoT, social media). In addition, three skills need to be constantly developed, starting from hard skills, soft skills, and power skills. The most important skills are critical thinking, co-creation, communication, and collaboration. These skills are very supportive in implementing the Agricultural Innovation System (AIS) and creating Frugal Innovation in the midst of limitations.

    The AIS framework recognizes innovation as an interactive process. Central to the process are the interactions of different actors and their ideas; the institutions (the attitudes, habits, rules, laws, norms, practices, and ways of working) that shape how individuals and organizations interact; and learning as a means of evolving new arrangements specific to local contexts. While interaction among the actors within the innovation system is critical for innovation, several institutional and policy barriers generally constrain effective collaboration and knowledge flows among these different actors (GFRAS 2015). Meanwhile, Frugal Innovation is an innovation to serve the needs of the lower classes of society by modifying existing resources, designing, and developing low-cost products, so product prices are more affordable. This of course can support the development of sustainable agriculture. Some examples of the role of youth in sustainable agriculture are creating a digital platform to assist farmers in marketing their products, as done by Sayurbox Indonesia, Uma Philippines, and Agrostar India.

    Photo 2. Photo session with all participants

    At the end of the session participants asked questions to Mrs. Siti Amanah and discussed with each other, especially about the challenges and preparation of youth in contributing for sustainable agriculture.

  • NELK training on the “Smallholder Horticulture Empowerment and Promotion” (SHEP)

    GFRAS that GFRAS and JICA, the Japanese International Cooperation Agency, are organizing a NELK training on the “Smallholder Horticulture Empowerment and Promotion” (SHEP) module we developed together. This training will take place over four sessions of no more than two-hours each, be guided by a SHEP instructor, and are to be held online on the following dates: March 10th, March 17th, March 24th, and March 31st, between 8:00 and 10:00 Swiss Time. Training will be held in English. A flyer with the registration link is attached. Please share to your colleagues and network. 

  • “Season’s Greetings and Best Wishes for a Happy and Prosperous New Year 2022”
  • 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 : you!

  • 12th GFRAS Annual Meeting 2021


    The 12th GFRAS Annual Meeting will take place virtually and be organized in Belgrade, Serbia between 1 and 3 December, 2021. Side events are planned to take place on November 30th.

    Join us to discuss how agroecology is acquiring new relevance and a path to reconstruct a post-COVID-19 agriculture. The Annual meeting is co-organized by the Institute for Science Application in Agriculture, Serbia (IPN/ ISAA) and the South Eastern Europe Advisory Service Network (SEASN).

    Apply now here

  • OKP and MENA/MSP scholarships

    For iCRA COURSES: April – July 2022 

    OKP Scholarship application deadline is 28 October 2021
    MENA/MSPScholarship application deadline is 11 October 2021
    How to apply in steps?  Go to the course webpage  On this page you can choose and apply to the course Check whether you need to upload a Government Statement for your OKP or MSP scholarship application  After submitting your ICRA application, you will receive a mail with further information. Please check your spam box! If you have any questions, check our FAQ or when still questions please contact   Comment s’inscrire ?  Veuillez visiter le page web:  Au page web du cours, vous pouvez vous inscriver Verifiez si vous devez télécharger une déclaration gouvernementale pour une demande de bourse OKP ou MSP   Après vous avez soumis votre formulaire vous recevriez l’ information specifique sur la demande de bourse par email. Si vous avez des questions, consultez notre FAQ quand vous avez encore des questions veuillez contacter :
    Click here for Scholarship Information
    Course: Making Agribusiness Work Building agribusiness relations for sustainable profit
    For: Professionals providing business support services to producers, processors and other affiliated enterprises and professionals working for rural advisory services and in knowledge institutes who are involved in agribusiness and entrepreneurship.

    When: 9 May – 23 July 2022 full programme including online learning elements (part-time) and one week face-to-face group training: 12 – 18 June (when possible).

    How to apply and more information you can find ON OUR COURSE WEBPAGE, link to the ICRA application form (only May 2022 course)

    The Scholarship application is separate from the iCRA application, here you can find more information on the scholarship application.  Please make sure you upload the correct format for the employer statement.
    Course: Making Blended Training Work  Designing and delivering (online & blended) training that has impact on participants 
    For: Trainers transforming their group training into online and blended training programmes, who provide online training to participants with an unstable internet. Trainers who want to share experiences and passion for their work.

    When: 25 April – 29 June 2022 full programme including online learning elements (part-time) and 22 – 29 June face to face group training in the Netherlands.

    More information and the iCRA application form can be found on our course webpage

    Scholarship application is separate from the iCRA application, more information on the scholarship application you can find HERE,  please make sure you upload the correct format for the employer statement.
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    Course: Making Education Work  Transforming education for youth employment  
    For: Lecturers, instructors or researchers at universities or vocational training centres in agriculture and rural development.

    When: 11 April – 29 June 2022 full programme including online learning elements (part-time) and 22 – 29 June face to face group training in the Netherlands.

    More information and the iCRA application form can be found on our course webpage

    Scholarship application is separate from the iCRA application, more information on the scholarship application you can find HERE,  please make sure you upload the correct format for the employer statement.
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    Course: Making Research Work  Solving complex agri-food problems through action research
    For: Researchers from universities or research institutes working in the agri & food sector or involved in community outreach activities.

    When: 16 May – 15 July 2022 full programme including online learning elements (part-time) and from 22 – 29 June face to face group training in the Netherlands.

    More information and the iCRA application form can be found on our course webpage

    Scholarship application is separate from the iCRA application, more information on the scholarship application you can find HERE,  please make sure you upload the correct format for the employer statement.
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    iCRA is dedicated to improving the livelihoods of farmers and their communities. We believe that building trust is key to the success of sustainable solutions. Our courses are a unique opportunity for professionals in the agricultural sector to get together, gain insights and skills on aspects of interactive learning, research, rural innovation and agribusiness.

  • The State of Food Security and Nutrition in The World 2021 (SOFI 2021)

    The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021 (SOFI, formerly the State of Food and Agriculture) is the first evidence-based global assessment of chronic food insecurity since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. For the third time in a row, it was launched during the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. For the fifth time, it has been co-written by five major institutions in the field of global development; the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

    Frightening numbers, multiple causes
    SOFI 2021 starts with presenting the situation in data, and the stats are alarming; about 10% of the world population were suffering from undernourishment in 2020, which represent an increase of up to 166 million people since 2019, whereas the numbers had stagnated over the past previous years. The scenario is even more alarming for children: 29% are undernourished, while 6% are overweight. Moreover, women are particularly hit, one third of all women have an iron deficiency. Overall, nearly 30% of the entire global population faced food shortages or difficulties to access healthy food at some point during 2020.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the world how fragile food provisioning and accessibility can be in certain areas. Nevertheless, the root causes of hunger remain the same. The report names conflicts, climate extremes and variability, economic slowdowns and downturns, the high costs of healthy diets and poverty and inequality amongst certain population groups as the main drivers of hunger worldwide. In countries where these drivers co-exist, the situation is even more challenging. In the sense that food systems are interlinkages of its various components, all these issues need to be addressed jointly. For full articel please Read

  • The 13 Principles of Agroecology

    Transforming Extension and Advisory Services to Promote Agroecology
    Rasheed Sulaiman V, CoSAI Commissioner and Co-Chair of Working Group 3: Pathways for Innovation in Sustainable Agriculture Intensification; Director, Centre for Research on Innovation and Science Policy (CRISP), India, and a member of the GFRAS Board has written a Blog Post for the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture Intensification (CoSAI), on the importance of Agroecology in RAS.

    His text, initially made available on CoSAI’s website, is also reproduced here:

    As the need for new approaches to sustainable agriculture increases, agroecological approaches have gained prominence in scientific, agricultural and political discourse. Agroecology is fundamentally different from other approaches to sustainable development in that it focuses on localized and bottom-up solutions, ensuring that farmers, their communities and their local knowledge are fully integrated in improving agricultural sustainability. This adaptable and flexible approach suggests ways to not only promote efficient and resilient agricultural systems, but to ensure food security and healthy diets, and support the conservation and restoration of biodiversity – thereby fulfilling the three pillars for integrated land use and food systems. Full articel please Kindly Read on

  • Benefits of Agroecology

    More with less. This is the challenge and the mantra for our future.

    With an ever-growing population to feed and with our current rate of usage, there will be less fresh water, less arable soil, less available land for agriculture or clean, fruitful seas for fisheries.

    Harnessing the power of nature by mixing modern science with traditional and indigenous knowledge of food producers and farmers is the concept behind agroecology. It can help:

    🌱 Build resilient livelihoods
    🌱 Safeguard biodiversity
    🌱 Boost nutrition
    🌱 Sustainably manage the planet’s natural resources
    🌱 Respond to climate change

    OUR actions are OUR future! Share your ideas on how we can all make a difference.👇

    Source: FAO


    The SHEP approach is one of agricultural extension approaches. It includes pursuing farming as a business — especially promoting the sharing of market information among farmers and stakeholders of the market, thereby mitigating the information gap — and designing a series of activities with consideration for farmers’ motivation.

    This approach, first developed in Kenya, has by now been implemented in over twenty countries. Farmers who have received support through this approach are proud in and enjoy their farming. These farmers have experienced real improvements in their livelihoods.

    SHEP has now been developed as a New Extensionist Learning Kit (NELK) Module. An introductory training will take place on Tuesday, August 24th 2021, between 10.00 and 12.00 Swiss/CEST time


    The 2nd International Conference on Organic Agriculture in the Tropics (OrgaTrop 2021)

    Dear Potential Participants,

    Through this email, we announce that Department of Soil, Universitas Gadjah Mada in collaboration with ISOFAR (International Society of Organic Agriculture Research), BBSDLP (Center for Agricultural Land Resources, Research and Development, Indonesia), and HITI (Indonesian Soil Science Society) proudly present:

    entitled “Organic Agriculture as a Sustainable Agro-system to Support Agriculture Production and Food Safety Under the Threat of Climate Change”. This conference will be held on:

    🗓️ Day/Date: Thursday-Friday, 28 – 29 October 2021
    📍Event: Online via Zoom Meeting

    📋 [Our Honorable Invited Speaker]:
    1) Prof. Ir. Dwikorita Karnawati M.Sc., Ph.D., Head of BMKG (Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency, Indonesia)
    2) Ir. Hartono, M.Sc., Head of BRGM (Peatland and Mangrove Restoration Agency, Indonesia)
    3) Husnain S.P., M.P., M.Sc. Ph.D, Head of BBSLDP (Center for Agricultural Land Resources, Research and Development, Indonesia)
    4) Prof. Gerold Rahmann (International Society of Organic Farming – President of ISOFAR)
    5) Prof. Stefaan De Neve (Ghent University, Belgium)
    6) Prof. Dr. Ir. Azwar Ma’as, M.Sc. (Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia)
    7) Prof. Budiman Minasny (Sidney University, Australia)
    8) Prof. Damien Field (Sidney University, Australia)
    9) Prof. Iin Handayani (Murray State University, Kentucky USA)
    10) Prof. Michael Böhme, (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany)
    11) Prof. Keitaro Tawaraya (Yamagata University, Japan)
    12) Prof. Yo Toma (Hokkaido University, Japan)
    13) Dr. Spyroz Paparrizos (Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands)
    14) Melissa Parks, Ph.D cand. (Oregon State University, USA)

    📥 [Important dates]:
    Abstract deadline: 30 September 2021
    Abstract acceptance: 15 October 2021
    Payment deadline: 20 October 2021
    Fullpaper deadline: 15 November 2021

    📌 [Publication]:
    Proceedings with SCOPUS-indexed and ISBN-indexed.

    📝[Registration] :

    ☎️ Please kindly take a look more information at our flyer (attached) and our website (

    If you have any question or request, please contact OrgaTrop Secretariat at


    Welcome to the online conference Agri4D 28-30 September. The Conference is organised by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and the Swedish International Agriculture Network Initiative (SIANI), with support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

    To progress towards sustainable and just food systems, Agri4D will bring together researchers, policy makers and practitioners to engage actively with the challenges of food systems with a focus on low-income contexts in a globalised world. The conference aims to be a platform to take stock of the current knowledge frontier, connect science to policymaking and practice, and spark new collaborations.

    From 28 September 2021 at 09:00 to 30 September 2021 at 15:30
    Hosted by
    Contact Agri4D:
    Event coordinator: Alin Kadfak
    E-mail: agri4d@slu.sebhb

  • Register for an introductory training for a new NELK module, and much more!

    Register now for GFRAS introductory training on the “Smallholder Horticulture Empowerment and Promotion (SHEP)” extension approach learning model. Initially developed by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), it is now also available as a NELK module!  

    • Save the date: the GFRAS Annual Meeting announces its dates and topic;
    • The Australasia Pacific Extension Network (APEN) opens registration for its 2022 International Conference;
    • AFAAS releases an e-booklet with stories from ten of its Country Fora;
    • More impact stories from the ground: developing an appropriate career path in agriculture – the example from Australia;
    • A Global Good Practice Note on Innovation: how can we support farmers, agri-business and service providers to adapt to an ever-changing environment;
    • Showcasing Country Fora: Get to know AADER – la Asociasión Argentina de Extensión Rural, the Country Forum in Argentina;

    We hope you enjoy this edition of the GFRAS Update!

    GFRAS in collaboration with JICA will host a 2-hour virtual introductory training on SHEP as part of the New Extensionist Learning Kit. It will take place on August 24th between 10:00 and 12:00 CET/Swiss time. SHEP is an innovative approach to agricultural extension services that is anchored on the disciplines of economics and psychology. SHEP has been effective in raising smallholder farmers’ income from horticulture as it develops both the technical and managerial capacity of farmers to practice market-oriented farming. A session not to be missed!

    Smallholder Horticulture Empowerment and Promotion – Register now

    Register for an introductory training for a new NELK module, and much more! through GFRAS website


    The theme of The 76th Indonesian Independence Day this year is “Indonesia is Tough, Indonesia Grows”. This theme describes the values ​​of resilience, the never give up spirit to move forward together on a challenging situation, in order to achieve a better future.
    RASSEA is ready to support Indonesia grows tough. Happy Indonesia Independence Day!

  • Happy Singapore National Day!

    As Singapore’s Independence Day Message recorded by the Prime Minister of Singapore “examines domestic and global developments, reviews economic performance and prospects and outlines the national priorities and plans of the government as Singaporeans to move forward with a unified purpose”.
    RASSEA would like to support the Singapore National message and wish “Happy Singapore Independence Day!”

  • Happy ASEAN Day 54th! We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper

    ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) is a regional organization that accommodates the cooperation of 10 countries in Southeast Asia. There are the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, and Cambodia. 

    In line with the ASEAN’s purposes to build relations between countries in Southeast Asia for the betterment of education, economic growth, social progress and cultural development. RASSEA as a rural advisory services organization operating in Southeast Asia that has similar vision also wants to support and wishes “Happy ASEAN Day 54th! We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper”.

  • Online Training for 1 Million Farmers and Extension Workers

    Good news! The Ministry of Agriculture Indonesia will conduct online training for 1 million farmers and extension workers with the theme of managing soil fertility. This training will be held on July 28 2021, 09.00 AM – 14.15 PM. Register yourself now!

  • Agriculture in Southeast Asia

    Agriculture and horticulture are key sectors throughout Southeast Asia. Rice is still the region’s main crop, other commodities such as maize, coffee, cocoa as well as fruits and vegetables are also have an important part. Besides, palm oil is one of the main agricultural products for both Indonesia and Malaysia.

  • 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. 2017.ASEAN Potency and Challenge.
    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)
  • THE 2nd INTERNATIONAL SUMMER COURSE : Socio Cultural and Gender Aspect in Communication of Community Development

    Dear Students,

    We are pleased to invite you to participate in THE 2nd INTERNATIONAL SUMMER COURSE : Socio Cultural and Gender Aspect in Communication of Community Development.

    Organized by the Department of Communication and Community Development Sciences, Faculty of Human Ecology, IPB University.

    Virtual Summer Course:
    August 11-17, 2021
    IPB University, Indonesia

    Registration deadline: June 30, 2021

    Further information, program, and details on participation are available on the link:

    We look forward to welcoming you

  • THE 2nd INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON RURAL SOCIO-ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION (RUSET): Agrarian, Ecology, Communication and Community Development Perspectives

    Dear Fellow Researchers & Academicians,

    We are pleased to invite you to participate and submit your abstract in THE 2nd INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON RURAL SOCIO-ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION (RUSET): Agrarian, Ecology, Communication and Community Development Perspectives.

    Organized by the Department of Communication and Community Development Sciences, Faculty of Human Ecology, IPB University. Co-hosted by: Asian Rural Sociology Association (ARSA) and the People’s Coalition for Food Sovereignty (KRKP).

    Virtual Conference:
    14-15 September 2021
    IPB University, Indonesia

    The RUSET submission deadline is 30 May 2021.

    The organizing committee is also thrilled to announce additional components to the 2021 RUSET conference:

    Young Scholar Forum (YSF)
    YSF is a forum specially made for undergraduate students to disseminate their research to a multi-disciplinary and general audience.

    The conference is also open to observers (i.e. non-presenters).

    Please register and submit your abstract online through

    Selected articles in this conference will be published in the international proceeding index by Web of Science (WoS) and SINTA journals.

    We look forward to welcoming you.

  • World Milk Day

    Raise a glass to celebrate World Milk Day 2021

    We say Cheers’, Mma manu’, Yam sing‚to the parents who make sure there’s always a carton in the fridge, to the hard working dairy farmers, to the organisations who provide dairy supplements to help tackle famine and malnutrition, to the huge network of people who help us to enjoy milk.

    As we Raise a Glass to milk, we connect with others and invite them to join the celebration that the goodness represents. It allows us to share the stories about all the goodness of milk and all the people who produce it. It offers a simple, natural way to recognize the people who matter most to us ‚ in our communities, schools and homes.

    Back in 2001, somebody decided that the world should take a day to celebrate anything and everything related to milk. They requested that the FAO (the Food and Agriculture Organisations of the United Nations) should put forward a specific day for these festivities they selected June 1st, and the rest his history!

    The tradition of celebrating World Milk Day on June 1st came from the fact that many countries were already celebrating World Milk Day on or around this date. A date in late May was originally proposed, but some countries felt that they already had too many holidays around this time. As a result, June 1st became the special day dedicated to milk.

    World Milk Day puts a lot of attention on milk and does a great job in publicising activities connected with the milk industry. The fact that many countries around the globe all choose this specific day for World Milk Day shows that milk is a food that is cherished worldwide.

  • Fruits and Vegetables Can Increase and Maintain The Immune System

    Fruits and vegetables can increase and maintain the immune system. There are some roles of fruits and vegetables for our body. First, fruits and vegetables can fulfill the body’s nutrition and contained a lot of fiber which is important for our body. Then vegetables and fruits are a good source of vitamins for the body. Vitamins and minerals can also increase endurance, where at this time the body’s resistance is very necessary because it is one of the preventions so as not to be exposed to the Covid-19 virus. Fruits and vegetables can ward off free radicals, the last is fruits and vegetables can protect the body from various diseases.

  • Jamu Day!

    27th May 2021

    Jamu Day!

    Jamu is well-knowns as traditional medicine from Indonesia. Jamu is made from natural ingredients and has many benefits. Jamu is not only used for medicine but also can used for increase our immune system. So, in this pandemic situation we can consume jamu regularly for strengthen and increase our immune system.

  • Happy Vesak Day

    26th May 2021

    Happy Vesak Day!

  • 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:
    Contact person:
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  • International Year of Fruits and Vegetables

    2021 has been declared as the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables by The United States. The aims of this event are to raise awareness of the nutritional and health benefits of consuming more fruits and vegetables as part of a diversified, balanced, and healthy diet and lifestyle as well as to direct policy attention to reducing loss and waste of these highly perishable product items.
    Consuming fruits and vegetables are good for consumers’ health and good for the food system. The fruit and vegetable sector contributes to increasing biodiversity, generating environmental sustainability, and improving the livelihoods of farmers and employees operating along the value chains.

  • 2nd Millennial Indonesian Agropreneurs Expo 2021

    Millennial Indonesian Agropreneurs Expo is an annual event that is held by Pusat Pendidikan Pertanian (PUSDIKTAN), BPPSDMP, Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture. This event will be held from 12nd until 13th of June 2021.
    The goals of Millennial Indonesian Agropreneurs Expo are to promote the successful young agricultural entrepreneurs to public and engage young generation to be involved in agriculture, raise opportunities for cooperation and investment in the world of education, promote agro-tourism, and provide a platform that is educational, creative, innovative, and attractive to the public.

  • Happy Ied Mubarak 2021

    Wishing all those who are celebrating a blessed and peaceful Eid Al Fitr! May this special day bring happiness to you and your families!

  • International Conference on Assessment and Development on Agricultural Innovation (ICADAI) 2021

    “Strengthening Agricultural Innovation and Dissemination to Achieve Sustainable Development”

    Indonesian Center for Agricultural Technology Assessment and Development, Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development, Ministry of Agriculture is pleasure in welcoming you to attendance for the 1st International Conference on Assessment and Development of Agricultural Innovation (1st ICADAI) on July, 6 – 7, 2021. The will be an innovative and informative International Conference reflecting the direction of agricultural innovation, dissemination including extension approaches, and agricultural development towards the future pathways. It also serves to foster communication among researchers and practitioners working in a wide variety of scientific areas with a common interest in improving agricultural technology application. All full paper submissions will be peer reviewed and evaluated based on originality, technical and/or research content/depth, correctness, relevance to conference, contributions, and readability. The main theme for the 1st ICADAI International Conference 2021 is Strengthening Agricultural Innovation and Dissemination to Achieve Sustainable Development.

    Please visit and download flyer.

  • Southeast Asia Vegetable (SEAVEG) 2021


    The fifth in the pace-setting series of SOUTHEAST ASIA VEGETABLE SYMPOSIUM (SEAVEG 2021) will highlight new technologies and approaches on vegetables for resilience and a healthy diets. SEAVEG 2021 will take place from 18-20 November 2021 at the Ambarrukmo Hotel, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. SEAVEG 2021 is organized by Southeast Asia Vegetable (SEAVEG) and Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Extension and Human Resources Development (IAAEHRD), along with Vegetable Science International Network (VEGINET) and World Vegetable Center.

    SEAVEG 2021 will focus on Vegetables for Resilience and Healthy Diets. Asia is the largest producer of vegetables in the world. The idea has been to connect all vegetable stakeholders in research, production, and distribution, not only in the region but beyond. The Symposium will provide a discussion forum and is open for lecturers, researchers, students and other stakeholders who are interested in gaining and sharing knowledge and present their ideas and experiences in this scientific event. You are invited for oral presentation and poster exhibition. Along with the Symposia this agroedutourism will be conducted.

    Preliminary Programme

    Southeast Asia Vegetable Symposium 2021


    Preliminary Programme

    Detailed program can be changed and will be shared on November 2021

    The Symposium will be organized according to the following preliminary programme : Opening Ceremony and Welcome Welcome Remark by: the DG of Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Extension and Human Resources Development (AAEHRD) the DG of Vegetable Science International Network (VEGINET) the DG of World Vegetable Center (WVC) Presentation by DG of Indonesia Agency for Agricultural Extension and Human Resources Development Parallel Presentations & Discussion Session I Lunch Parallel Presentations & Discussion Session II Conclusions from Day 1 Note: Each parallel presentation and discussion session will be devided into 5 small meeting room based on the topic


    Parallel Presentation

    Presentations & Discussion Session III Lunch Presentations & Discussion Session IV Presentations & Discussion Session V Key Conclussion from the Symposium Closing Ceremony Note: Each parallel presentation and discussion session will be devided into 5 small meeting room based on the topic


    Technical Visit – Agroedutourism

    There are 2 sites for the technical visit: Keboen Kita Nursery Prambanan Temple


    Southeast Asia Vegetable Symposium 2021

    The symposium will take place from Thursday 18th to Saturday 20th November 2021 at the Hotel Royal Ambarrukmo Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Located on Jl. Laksda Adisucipto No. 81, Ambarukmo, Caturtunggal, Depok, Yogyakarta Special Region, Indonesia.

    The Hotel Royal Ambarrukmo Yogyakarta is in the edge of the city centre. This luxury hotel occupying a modern building is 6 km from the upscale shopping centre on Jalan Malioboro and 7 km from Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat, a palace built in the 18th century. Luxurious rooms with city views have free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV and a desk. Rooms and suites in the higher class are equipped with a sitting and dining area. Room service available. There is a bright restaurant, as well as free breakfast. Other facilities include a fitness room, sauna, spa and outdoor pool, a meeting room and executive lounge. Parking available.

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  • International Webinar

    Greetings to all,
    University Community Transformation Centre – UCTC UPM in collaboration with Faculty of Agriculture UPM, Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences UPM and Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) are pleased to inform the Extension Talk 9.0 (EXTENT9.0) Special Edition – International Webinar on Agriculture and Food will be held as follows:

    Date : 18 March 2021 (Thursday)
    Time : 11.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. (Malaysian Time)

    Join us live at Facebook UCTC UPM and Universiti Putra Malaysia

    Please click this link for early registration:

  • Vacancy Announcement


    Rural Advisory Services for Southeast Asia is a Sub Regional Network (SRN of Asia Pacific Rural Advisory Services (APIRAS) and part of Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS). Our Vision is to be a sub-regional network that enables multi-stakeholders in extension education/advisory services to engage and support for the betterment of extension education/rural advisory services towards sustainability of agri-food system The mission of RASSEA is “sharing, learning, advocacy, managing knowledge, networking, and collaborating with various organization and sectors to strengthen extension/advisory services towards a resilience agri-food system.”

    RASSEA is currently inviting those with relevant competences to apply for the Executive Secretary (ES) or/and Interns (I) for the position from March to December 2021.

    How to apply?
    Interested applicants should send cover/application letter to the Chair of the Committee no later than 20 February 2021 with the following attachments:
    1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    2. A sample of written work in English for the ES or Short motivation letter of the interns (maximum of 500 words)
    3. Reference from supervisor/previous employer/lecturer
    4. Scanned copy of ID Card/Passport should be sent together with the applications)
    5. Send the application via email with subject “ Application for the ES or I ” to:


    1. Implementing of Governing Committee’s decision and secretariat approved work programme including:
      a) Initiating and supervising work required to achieve a specific result
      b) Entering into Cooperative arrangement with other entities/stakeholders to implement and to facilitate decision
    2. Organization of and provision of direction on substantive work of the secretariat, including Conceptualizing, prioritizing, planning, and oversees the work required from the secretariat to prepare policy decision to achieve decision objective
    3. Developing each meeting & strategic objectives
    4. Preparation of meeting of governing committee, meetings planned and scheduled for 2021
    5. Representing RASSEA secretariat at various relevant fora as may be necessary
    6. Effectively managing the secretariat’s human and financial resources as approved by the secretariat
    7. Liaising with other stakeholder and organized meeting if needed
    8. Formulating policies and procedures for the proper management of the RASSEA secretariat for the implementation of the work approved
      programme, and planning with staff ( if any) the distribution and coordination task.


    • Integrity
    • Self-reliance
    • Ability in Planning and Organizing
    • Managing Performance
    • Leadership
    • Communication (Proficient in English)
      • For the ES: minimum bachelor degree in agricultural extension, agribusiness, communication, rural sociology, food nutrition, community development and related fields. Applicants with previous work experiences will be great.
      • For the interns: undergraduate student at the final year or fresh graduate is welcome to apply.

    Only Successful candidates will be contacted and interviewed.
    4 February 2021
    RASSEA- Secretariat

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