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Hotels for Press
Accommodation levels in Rio de Janeiro are anticipated to be at full occupancy during the conference. While it is not the responsibility of the United Nations to procure accommodation for the media, it should be noted that the Brazilian national organizing committee for Rio+20 has committed to blocking a minimum of 500 hotel rooms in Rio de Janeiro for media covering the conference. Costs must be covered by the media. For more details, visit: http://www.rio20.gov.br For information regarding room availability please contact: Terramar Travel Agency

Emails: reservas2@terramar.tur.br or reservas4@terramar.tur.br or reservas8@terramar.tur.br

Tel: (+55+21) 35120067 or (+55+11) 30142042 or (+55+19) 35145600

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Declaration on Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services
RECOGNIZING:
? That smallholder agriculture and family farming is the core contributor to
agricultural production in most developing countries, and therefore vital for
achieving food and nutritional security goals, for reducing poverty and
improving livelihoods and for responding to climate change;
? That within dynamic innovation systems, extension plays an indispensible
role as facilitator, knowledge broker and matchmaker between service
providers and support agencies on the one hand and smallholder farmers and
other entrepreneurs especially women and youth on the other;
? That efficient agricultural extension and advisory services strengthen the
capabilities of smallholder farmers to take advantage of realistic and
remunerative opportunities through access to knowledge, credit, markets
and related services;
? That a coalition of public, private and civil society actors at national, regional
and international levels is needed to revitalize and modernize agricultural
extension and advisory systems in support of agricultural innovation.
NOTING:
? That the conference generated significant interest, mobilized multiple
stakeholders and demonstrated a need for greater emphasis on extension
and advisory service within the global agricultural development agenda;
? That in response to the disarray caused by underinvestment in extension and
advisory services; extension practitioners, farmers? groups, researchers,
policymakers and development partners are generating a wave of
imaginative attempts to revive extension;
? That a plethora of demand‐led, situation‐ and context‐specific, gender
sensitive and climate‐smart policies, strategies and initiatives are being
implemented;
? That this multitude of policies, strategies and approaches has yet to achieve
the desired impact on the agricultural and rural sectors;
? That policy and institutional changes are urgently needed to create realistic
and remunerative opportunities for smallholders;
? That national funding for agricultural extension and advisory services remains
at a low and variable level;
? That the renewed national, continental and global interest and commitments
for increasing investment in agriculture provides a momentous opportunity
to deliver extension and advisory services that are farmer‐centred,
participatory, well funded, demand‐driven and performance oriented.
EMPHASIZING:
? The need for national agricultural and extension policies, strategies and
approaches that are inclusive, context‐specific and contribute to national,
continental and international development goals;
? The need for capacity building, greater coordination and professionalism in
the provision of extension and advisory services;
? The need for enhanced use of information and communication technologies
(ICTs), both old and new, and engagement of the media in expanding the
reach and impact of extension and advisory services.
BEING CONCERNED THAT:
? Failure to clarify the roles and responsibilities of the various stakeholders and
service providers and develop mechanisms for working together could result
in further erosion of extension and advisory services, with negative
consequences for agriculture, rural areas, family farming and smallholder
farmers, especially women and youth.
WE HEREBY CALL UPON ALL KEY STAKEHOLDERS INCLUDING GOVERNMENTS,
EXTENSION PROFESSIONALS, FARMERS? ORGANIZATIONS, REGIONAL AND GLOBAL
BODIES, THE PRIVATE SECTOR, CIVIL SOCIETY, DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS AND
DONORS TO WORK TOGETHER TO:
? Develop clear policies and strategies for extension and advisory services in a
participatory manner and put coordination and quality assurance
mechanisms in place;
? Advocate for increased funding within national budgets and develop and
implement public, private and donor funding mechanisms that ensure
sustainability, risk sharing and efficient use of funds to provide high‐quality
demand‐led services;
? Promote and facilitate continuous capacity building, learning and foresighting
as well as greater use of ICTs and the media which take into account culture
and gender in the provision of advisory and extension services so that
millions of smallholder farmers can move up the value chain;
? Develop and implement participatory processes for monitoring, evaluation
and impact assessments and for conducting research on extension to
facilitate learning, accountability, efficiency and empowerment.
The coalition of partners established through this conference remains committed to
advocating and implementing effective extension and advisory services for
agricultural and rural development.

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