Annual Report 2000 - Partnerships put to the test 
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CTA. 2001. Annual Report 2000 - Partnerships put to the test . Spore 93. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The Special Paper in CTA Annual Report 2000 by Patrick A Antoine discusses Global economic change and the relevance of information and communication management for stakeholders in rural development, with special reference to the Caribbean region.
The year 2000 saw several circles complete their rounds. At a macro level, the ACP-EC Cotonou Agreement saw the light of day as the successor to the Lomé Convention, and with it a new mandate for the CTA. Within CTA the Mid-Term Plan (1997-2000) reached its conclusion, and the ground was tilled for the Centre s future harvests. The CTA Annual Report 2000 includes a commentary by the Director of CTA, Carl B Greenidge, on the new Partnership Agreement and its implications for ACP agriculture and for CTA s role. He notes that the notion of partnership as expressed in the Agreement, and thus shared by its signatories, has the very particular meaning of 'a process of dialogue with stakeholders', and suggests that the term may have a wider meaning for some. It is through the Mid-Term Plan that CTA first gave formal expression to a desire to fulfil its mandate in partnership with stakeholders. In 2000, to take but some examples from this comprehensive report, CTA co-organised ten thematic seminars with almost 30 partners, provided opportunities for 85 ACP nationals to share in five study visits, and enabled 177 ACP nationals to attend 47 third-party seminars, the majority in ACP countries. A further 20 training workshops were held with 350 participants on aspcects of information and communication management. Five new pilot partnerships were set up with civil society bodies. More than a dozen proceedings, study reports and working documents became available, along with almost three dozen technical co-publications all featured in recent editions of Spore and a healthy clutch of independent publications was supported by CTA. In all, more than 80,000 publications were distributed, the great majority on demand from subscribers. The underlying emphasis of CTA s work in 2000 was on multiplying the impact of its information, itself an absorbing topic on ongoing studies and dialogues. At the policy level the Centre was involved in multifarious initiatives and dialogues aimed at strengthening the professions of agricultural extension, policy formulation and research management, gaining extra leverage through working in partnership. The year 2000 also closed the first chapter of being explicitly a learning organisation . From pilot partnerships in book distribution at national level, through a long-term process of creating co-publications with ACP publishers, to supporting regional information and policy networks, many activities have been designed to provide lessons for replication. To propel all these energies forward in a focused fashion will require all concerned to adhere to the definition of partnership which CTA drew up in 1996: to share the risks, the resources and the results. Sharing is hard to learn, and even harder to show. CTA Annual Report 2000. CTA. 2001. 152 pp. ISBN 92 9081 2435 CTA number 1031. Available free of charge. PDS subscribers: please use your order form. The Special Paper in CTA Annual Report 2000 by Patrick A Antoine discusses Global economic change and the relevance of information and communication management for stakeholders in rural development, with special reference to the Caribbean region. The Special Paper is also available from CTA separate from the Annual Report. CTA number 1033. Available free of charge. PDS subscribers: please use your order form.
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