FAR International Network

Agricultural and Rural Training International Network

© Igor Besson

  FAR, the International Network for Agricultural and Rural Training
        (a.k.a. 'Réseau FAR'):

The FAR International Network is an association governed by a board made up of representatives from fourteen countries: Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Ivory Coast, France, Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia and Togo. This  board elects a chairperson from among its members every three years.

The FAR Network has an executive secretarial office, hosted by Montpellier SupAgro.


Foster exchanges for the renovation of rural and agricultural training and education systems:  training institutes, professional producers’ organizations, elected representatives, experts, extension workers, technicians, teachers and trainers, NGOs, national and international development organizations,

Pool and capitalize on experiences, practices, networks and projects related to agricultural and rural training systems around the world,

Initiate and conduct studies and analysis, organise work groups and workshops to develop and exchange ideas about the issues of vocational training in the rural context,

Analyze the relationship between national agriculture strategies and rural development policies to design professional training systems

Participate in the development of methods and tools to create or reform training scheme projects

Improve capacities and develop expertise in the member countries. Build strong partnerships with regional and international institutions, to foster sharing and exchange, promoting the institutionalization of rural and agricultural training in the international agenda.

The Network Activities

  Exchanges and capitalization

The network organizes workshops and conferences for exchange, analysis and reflection

Some examples of workshops:

  • Food crisis: Education and training of rural people at stake”, organized with the FAO, Rome, 2009,
  • Professional organizations and training agricultural and rural populations”, Bamako, 2010.
  • "Renovation, creation and implementation of rural and agricultural éducation and training systems", Yaoundé, 2012.

These workshops encourage the capitalization of knowledge and the production of a bank of references.

Results from previous workshops:

  • Organisation of Workshops and Conferences: 10 international events gathering 800 people from 20 countries.
  • Encouraging the creation of National Platforms: FAR-Côte d’Ivoire in 2007, FAR-Sénégal in 2009, FAR-Mada in 2011
  • Advocating and lobbying through meetings, conferences, seminars, workshops, visits, contact networks
  • Conduction of Studies and Expertise studies.
  • Regular funding of Master’s Theses in Africa
  • Some 30,000 visits per year of the Website 

Case Studies, Analysis

The aim of the case study is to define methodologies that can be adopted in other geographical locations Example of studies conducted:

  • Education schemes and funding systems for agricultural and rural vocational and technical training in Benin and Madagascar,
  • Development of territories and qualification needs among the rural young in Morocco.

Distribution of Information

The network sends out information and the results of its work in various forms:

Last update : 16/09/2015


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There is a need to strengthen people's skills and capacities in several fields: governance, democracy, management and administration of farmers’ organisations, techniques and management of family smallholdings including gender issues, advisory support and financial means, market control...” — M. Babacar Ndao, Network of Farmers’ and Agricultural Producers’ Organisations of West and Central Africa (ROPPA) 2009