2019 AFNR Extension Symposium

October 8-11 2019

Bohol tropics Hotel, Tagbilaran City, Bohol

THEME : " Facing the Challenges of the 4IR through Extension and Advisory services"

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR or FIRe) is characterized by the fusion of technologies in the physical, digital and biological worlds, making it fundamentally different from past revolutions that freed humans from animal power, made mass production possible, and gave people digital capabilities. Part of this revolution are artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Things, drones, 3D printing, 5G wireless network and nanotechnology. The World Economic Forum (WEF) describes these technologies as disrupting almost every industry or sector (WEF,2018) and that includes the agriculture, fishery, forestry and natural resources (AFFNR) sectors. While millions of jobs are expected to be wipes out, the 4IR also offers opportunities to produce cleaner and safer food in more efficient and precise ways that put less stress on the environment and give more
options to buy inputs,sell outputs, and enhance information access.These questions elicit

Given these, in what ways can extension and advisory services (EAS) creatively respond to 4IR so that we can maximize and optimize opportunities and avoid pitfalls? How can EAS ensure sustainability and inclusive rural development to ensure nobody is left behind? These questions elicit anticipation as this year's PhilEASNET Symposium engages extension professionals/academics and practicioners nationwide on expectations of the impacts of the 4IR that is evolving at an exponential pace. The symposium also presents an opportunity to collectively prepare us for these challenges and use the strength of extension and advisory services to harness the benefits associated with this inevitable change. Lastly, the symposium continues to provide the avenue for sharing of and learning from good EAS practices and research.


1. Explain the challenges and opportunities associated with 4IR on EAS in various sectors;

2. Identify measures for capacity building and knowledge management in anticipation of the 4IR challenges and opportunities ; and

3. Share innovations and initiatives of good EAS practices and research that can enrich the EAS knowledge resource.


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