On the 16th of January within International Green Week Berlin also EUFRAS conference “Development of agricultural sector in front of the challenges: Innovation promotion and networking role in these processes” was organized together with Latvian Rural Advisory and Training Centre in Berlin, Germany.

The purposeof the conference was to share actualities within the challenges which agriculture and rural advisory and extension services face today and provide information how agricultural knowledge and innovations can be used to deal with these challenges. Another aim of the conference was to inform about different international networking possibilities and promote cooperation within Advisory services from all over Europe.

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The conference was initiated by Tom Kelly, EUFRAS Chairman of the Board who gave warm welcome address to the participants and stressed the importance of advisory networks. Photo by Dimitar Vanev, National Agricultural Advisory Service (NAAS), Bulgaria

 

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The conference started with the presentation from FAO Extension Systems OfficerMagdalena Blum, who presented global agricultural challenges and challenges faced by extension and advisory services. Additionally she also presented various examples of extension responses to these challenges. Photo by Dimitar Vanev, National Agricultural Advisory Service (NAAS), Bulgaria

Presentation of Magdalena Blum 

 

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J. Loriz-Hoffmann, Director of AGRI- F. Rural development programmes I, the European Commission introduced the audience with the use of Advisory Services and innovation for meeting the challenges agriculture is facing. Photo by Dimitar Vanev, National Agricultural Advisory Service (NAAS), Bulgaria

Presentation of Josefine Loriz-Hoffmann

 

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IALB representative Jürgen Käßer presented Training Modules and Certification for advisors with the CECRA standard. Today CECRA education standard is used only in German-speaking countries. It is intended that EUFRAS could be the service provider for interested parties from all over Europe. Photo by Dimitar Vanev, National Agricultural Advisory Service (NAAS), Bulgaria

Presentation of Jürgen Käßer

 

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GFRAS and AGRIDEA representative Daniel Roduner presented GFRAS designed tool which contains contacts and a short profile of RAS experts throughout the world and can connect experts from all over Europe. Photo by Dimitar Vanev, National Agricultural Advisory Service (NAAS), Bulgaria

Presentation of Daniel Roduner

 

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Dieter Goertz, TAIEX team leader for agriculture and food safety from European Commission presented TAIEX and Twinning support to agricultural institutions in the Western Balkans, Turkey and the European Neighbourhood. Photo by Dimitar Vanev, National Agricultural Advisory Service (NAAS), Bulgaria

Presentation of Dieter Goertz

 

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SEGES representative Leif Raun presented EUFRAS thematic networks as platform for knowledge and innovation transfer and new calls within Horizon 2020. Photo by Dimitar Vanev, National Agricultural Advisory Service (NAAS), Bulgaria

Presentation of Leif Raun

Several events were announced within the conference. Director od AGRIDEA Ulrich Ryser announced the 54th IALB days and EUFRAS conference in Switzerland which will be held from 14th till 17th of June 2015 in Solothurn. Daniel Roduner, representative of  GFRAS and AGRIDEA announced the annual GFRAS meeting in Kyrgyzstan 2015. LRATC representative Edgars Linde announced two events which will be held within Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union - international conferences Rural and Agricultural Advisory Systems (RAAS): Best Practices and Experiences. Cooperation with the Eastern Partnership Countries and Rural and Agricultural Advisory Systems: examples of good governance for sustainable development