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Improve incentives and motivational mechanisms for RAS agents and organizations in Central Asia and the Caucasus

Best RAS-2016

Increasing recognition of RAS providers and their potential for AIS and goals in the development of agriculture and food systems among the society could also be considered as of incentives and motivational mechanisms for RAS agents and organizations. In 2016, Central Asia and the Caucasus Forum for Rural Advisory Services (CAC-FRAS) has started a unique initiative: “The Best Rural Advisory Services providers competition in Central Asia and the Caucasus in 2016”. The completion was aimed to select among applicants, both entities and individuals the best RAS providers and contributors in following areas:

  • The best Rural Advisory Services in Central Asia and the Caucasus Region in 2016

  • The best extension agent in Central Asia and the Caucasus Region in 2016

  • The best extension agent among women in Central Asia and the Caucasus Region in 2016

  • The best young extension agent in Central Asia and the Caucasus Region in 2016

  • Then best Rural Advisory Services in most important sectors of agriculture in Central Asia and the Caucasus Region in 2016

  • The best Farmers’ Association/Farmer providing extension services to farmers in Central Asia and the Caucasus Region in 2016

  • As well as for the contribution to the development of Agricultural Extension Services in Central Asia and the Caucasus Region in 2016

The purpose of this initiative was a presentation, selection and dissemination of RAS best practices and performance of RAS in the CAC region to broad stakeholders of the Agricultural Innovation Systems (AIS).

The objectives of the competition were:

  • identification and dissemination of RAS best practices and performance RAS in CAC region, as well as the role of RAS in Agricultural Innovations;

  • formation / attracting of interest of community of development and raise activities in RAS / Extension services sector, facilitation of their promotion;

  • promoting activities of individual providers / agents, organizations, projects and various initiatives in areas of RAS and Extension;

  • promoting competitiveness and investment attractiveness of RAS / Extension sector;

  • creating preconditions for the Regional RAS Exhibition / Fair in CAC region.

As initial step, CAC-FRAS selected the Competition Organizing Committee and Jury / Selection Committee. As the CAC-FRAS is still informal network and has not its own web-site the promotion and communication on the CAC RAS completion were mostly done informally, via emails and social media. As the Competition Organizing Committee set up requirements for participation in the competition, which were unique by its nature and unprecedented, totally 34 applications were received from 8 Central Asia and the Caucasus countries, namely from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. It was not easy for Jury to select best ones among the applicants, as members of Competition Organizing Committee and Jury / Selection Committee, representing RAS, research, private sector and youth organization, were coming from different countries and working online. Eventually, by the end of 2016 the Jury has informed Organizing Committee that they have selected 8 applicants to be awarded by diplomas and 6 applicants for their contribution and strengthening the RAS in the region.

It should be highlighted that among 14 winners: 6 are organizations and 8 individuals. Among those 7 individuals: 6 were women and 2 men, and 3 under 40 years old.

It was a pilot project in 2016, and perhaps shall be held it on a regular annual basis with the involvement of international / regional development agencies and donors to the organization and convey the completion, taking into account lessons learnt from the pilot project. In fact, this initiative have been promoting awareness, advocacy and recognition of the RAS role in the AIS, agriculture and development, among the community to develop, thus and attract their attention and support for the RAS sector.

Co conveners of the “The Best Rural Advisory Services providers competition in Central Asia and the Caucasus in 2016” initiative are:

The winner of the 2016 RAS completion are:

Name of the winner / applicant

Nomination area

Geographical Area

Non-profit public organization “Neksigol Mushovir”

Best Rural Advisory Services in Central Asia and the Caucasus Region in 2016

Tajikistan, Central Asia and the Caucasus

Mrs. Kanykei Irysbekovna Tursunbaeva

Best extension agent in Central Asia and the Caucasus Region in 2016

Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia and the Caucasus

 

Mrs. Tahmina Sayfulloeva

Best extension agent among women in Central Asia and the Caucasus Region in 2016

Tajikistan, Central Asia and the Caucasus

 

Mr. Nodar-Guram Toxosashvili

Best young extension agent in Central Asia and the Caucasus Region in 2016

Georgia, Central Asia and the Caucasus

Kyrgyz Public Fund “Training, Advisory and Innovation Center”

Best Rural Advisory Services in Agronomy in Central Asia and the Caucasus Region in 2016

Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia and the Caucasus

Ganja Agribusiness Association

Best Rural Advisory Services to promote organic agriculture in Central Asia and the Caucasus Region in 2016

Azerbaijan, Central Asia and the Caucasus

Georgian Farmers Association

Best Farmers’ Association providing extension services to farmers in Central Asia and the Caucasus Region in 2016

Georgia, Central Asia and the Caucasus

Mrs. Zheksembekova Manshuk

Best Farmer providing extension services to farmers in Central Asia and the Caucasus Region in 2016

Kazakhstan

Central Asia and the Caucasus Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (CACAARI)

Contribution to strengthening Extension Advisory Services Network in Central Asia and the Caucasus Region in 2016

Central Asia and the Caucasus

 

KRASS – Khorezm Rural Advisory Support Service

Contribution to the development of Agricultural Extension Services in Uzbekistan in 2016

Uzbekistan

Mrs. Nargiza Ludgate

Contribution to integrating gender issues in Rural Advisory Services in Central Asia and the Caucasus Region in 2016

Central Asia and the Caucasus

 

Mrs. Lola Gaparova

Contribution to the Central Asia and the Caucasus Forum for Rural Advisory Services

Tajikistan, Central Asia and the Caucasus

Mr. Ovezdurdy Jumadurdyyev

Contribution to improving extension advisory service to farmers’ associations in Turkmenistan to mitigate climate change risks in 2016

Turkmenistan

Mrs. Iroda Rustamova

Contribution to improving extension advisory services to farmers in Uzbekistan in 2016

Uzbekistan