Ensuring effective linkages, synergies and complementarities between urban, peri-urban and rural areas to support balanced, sustainable and inclusive rural and urban transformation is critical to end hunger, eradicate poverty and to achieve the other Sustainable Development Goals. It is also vital for the sustainability of agricultural value chains and food systems, to increase incomes and to create opportunities for decent employment, particularly for young people.
The 8th Annual Meeting of the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) will take place from 10-13 September 2017 in Ingham and Townsville, Australia, with side events on 8 and 9 September. The topic is Rural Advisory Services and empowered youth for balanced transformation in rural and urban communities. It is co-organised with the Australasia-Pacific Extension Network (APEN) and there will be a partial overlap with APEN’s International Conference, which will take place from 13-15 September on the topic of Facilitating balanced change for rural and urban communities.