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FAO is organizing this webinar to support countries and practitioners in building an enabling environment for Rural Advisory Services (RAS) under a changing climate as part of our online work to build capacity under the sustainable development goal:

  • SDG: 13 Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts – 13.5 Promote mechanisms for raising capacity for effective climate change-related planning and management in least developed countries and small island developing States, including focusing on women, youth and marginalized communities


The webinar seeks to answer the questions:

  • What are the key factors allowing rural advisory services to support food security under climate change? 
  • How to best enable agricultural extension to support producers in implementing climate-smart agriculture? 

Presentations and participation 
Speakers from the Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería of Costa Rica (Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock), Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) and Food and Agriculture Organization for the United Nations will present during the webinar.

Participants can ask questions and share their experience during the webinar in writing.  

Objectives of the webinar

  1. Share knowledge and experience between participants for improved understanding of the challenges that the Rural Advisory Services (RAS) face due to global changes, in particular climate change, 
  2. Enhance the understanding of the need for a conducive environment and institutional arrangements that allow RASs to contribute in the climate-smart transformation of the agriculture sectors, and 
  3. Collect concrete examples and case studies to develop a policy brief. 

RAS providers act as a critical link between rural communities and sources of new and context-specific information. Thus, the RAS providers play an important part in supporting practitioners to adapt to new conditions. 

By strengthening RAS through policies, institutional frameworks, infrastructure, incentives and other means, it is possible to improve the sustainability of agriculture sectors (crop- and livestock production, forestry and fisheries) in a climate-smart manner. 

Enrolled participants will receive more information to attend the online seminar. The webinar recordings and summaries of the exchanges will be made available.  

Participation is free of charge. As individual participation is not monitored, certificates will not be  granted.   

More Information

The event contributes to the Knowledge Action Group of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture.