Quality-AEAS-1-By-SG2000Producer organisations are crucial both on the demand and the supply side of RAS. On the demand side, they identify and synthesise needs, demands, and solutions for farmers. They contribute to monitoring and evaluation of RAS, and participate in policy formulation. On the supply side, producer organisations provide and co-finance RAS activities.

Producer organisations’ strengths in RAS derive from their knowledge about farmers’ contexts and needs. Together with their capacity to provide unbiased advice, often linked to other services such as marketing, this leads to a high level of trust from their clients.

Due to their role on the demand- and supply side of RAS, producer organisations are crucial in GFRAS. In order to strengthen participation and collaboration, GFRAS implements activities to strengthen producer organisations’ role in RAS.

Role of PO's in RAS

The role of producer organisations in rural advisory services

How can you as producer organisation ensure that rural advisory services (RAS) respond to the needs of your members? How can you provide and finance your own RAS? Contribute to this discussion by spreading the discussion paper in your network and leaving your comments and feedback at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Find more information below!

icon ppt Presentation for public use to discuss widely the role of producers organisations in RAS (pptx 1.7MB)

4th GFRAS Annual Meeting on the role of producer organisations in RAS

On 24-26 September 2013, more than 150 RAS stakeholders, including representatives from producer organisations, met in in Berlin, Germany, to discuss, understand, and agree on the role of producer organisations in RAS. Find more information and outputs here.

E-collaboration on the role of producer organisations in RAS, December 2013 and January 2014

An e-collaboration was held to discuss and enhance the conclusions and recommendations from the 4th GFRAS Annual Meeting. 76 GFRAS affiliates from producer organisations in different regions were subscribed to the mailing list, on which the e-collaboration was based. The e-collaboration was held in two rounds. From 6-17 December 2013, participants discussed and enhanced conclusions and recommendations from the 4th GFRAS Annual Meeting. On 13-22 January 2014, the group further discussed divergent ideas and interesting aspects from the first round.

icon pdf Concept note e-collaboration (pdf 79KB)

icon pdf Report from the first round of the e-collaboration (pdf  173KB)

icon pdf Enhanced recommendations and conclusions of the GFRAS Annual Meeting (pdf 275KB)

icon pdf Questions for the 2nd round of the e-collaboration (pdf 172KB)


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