Extension and advisory services on the frontline of the COVID-19 response for resilient and sustainable food systems


Europe and Central Asia

Across the globe, the pandemic has generated extreme vulnerability in the agricultural sector, confronting governments with the multiple challenges of protecting human lives, livelihoods and ensuring sufficient food supplies and basic services for the most needy.
Through their network of partners, agricultural extension and advisory service systems can play a key role n raising awareness of COVID-19 to reduce the spread of the pandemic, while assisting in emergency operations, and ensuring that rural producers have relevant and accurate information, inputs and services necessary for agricultural production and strong local value chains – both during and after the emergency period.
FAO, in partnership with the Regional Network of Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services, is providing a regional forum to discuss the role of extension and advisory services in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is part of a series of regional webinars, succeeding the online event for Asia and on food systems.

Join the discussion on

  Wednesday, 10 June 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. CET

Please register to follow the virtual event through the Zoom conferencing platform, simultaneous interpretation in Russian is provided.

The webcast will be streamed live on YouTube in English.

For more information click here.


Pedro Arias

FAO Economist

Nevena Alexandrova-Stefanova

 FAO Agricultural Extension Officer

Inge van Oost

Policy Officer, European Commission, DG AGRI

Pascal Bergeret

Director of the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies, AKIS-SCAR Co-Chair

Aniko Juhász

Deputy State Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Hungary, AKIS-SCAR Co-Chair

Milan Husnjak

Head of the South Eastern Europe Advisory Service Network

Botir Dosov

Chairperson of the Central Asia and the Caucasus Forum for Rural Advisory Service, Vice-Chair of APIRAS, GFRAS Board member

Melek Çakmak

Head of FAO Partnership and Liaison Office, FAO representative, Azerbaijan

  Tahmina Sayfullaeva

Programme Manager of Sarob cooperative, Tajikistan

Yuriy Bakun

Director of the National Association of Agricultural Advisory Services, Ukraine