2016 AFNR Extension Symposium

September 30 to October 1, 2015
Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Makati City

THEME:  “Community Resiliency in the Agriculture, Fisheries and Natural Resources Sector Through Responsive Extension Policy”

Present global and local conditions are putting the agriculture, fisheries and natural resources (AFNR) sector of the country at greater risks.  The negative impacts of globalization and its regional expression of ASEAN economic integration, climate change and other disasters, political changes and the threat of terrorism put together are increasingly intensifying the sector’s vulnerability although at some point they provide opportunities for growth. This reality poses a big challenge to extension agencies and professionals: How can they altogether help AFNR communities build their resiliency from the risks brought about by the emerging contexts?

One way of dealing with this challenge is to institute policies that would allow extension agencies and professionals to bring in best-fit knowledge to communities the most efficient way.  Previous studies reveal that the present policy environ-
ment in the practice of extension in the country has been restrictive. For instance, the devolution despite its noble intent has brought a lot of inefficiencies in the delivery of extension services at the local level.  The pluralistic extension system of the country has also been beset with confusion. There has to be some policy reforms to be done to address these issues. Responsive extension policies that are informed by evidence, concrete and proactive are critical to establishing and maintaining effective extension services.
 
During the 2015 AFNR Symposium sponsored by the Philippine Extension and Advisory Services Network (PhilEASNet) and the Project IPaD of the Department of Agriculture (DA), a set policy recommendations were presented to the participants. There is a need to revisit these recommendations and determine how they can be up-scaled. Another policy reform that merit consideration is the adoption of a landscape approach in planning agriculture development in the provinces and how extension plays a critical role in this reform.

Sponsored by the same network and project along with the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), this year’s AFNR Extension Policy Symposium will once again bring together extension professionals and practitioners to engage in the discourse of pertinent extension policies in an ever changing context of AFNR sector.