From plough to policy
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CTA. 2000. From plough to policy. Spore 90. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Environment and Development Agency TrustFrom plough to policy Some organisations seem to evolve in line with time, some of them even running a little bit ahead of the wind. The South African organisation EDA is one such. Now known as the...
Environment and Development Agency Trust From plough to policy Some organisations seem to evolve in line with time, some of them even running a little bit ahead of the wind. The South African organisation EDA is one such. Now known as the Environmental and Development Agency Trust, EDA started life in the 1970s as a practitioner of such so-called appropriate technologies as hand-held agricultural equipment, methane gas digesters and wind turbines. Today, it keeps its feet firmly on the ground, but draws on its experience and reputation to make solid policy recommendations to government. Among its programme activities are Community Based Land Management (CBLM), and Land use planning and Catchment Management. The first, with a pilot focus, seeks to blend local/ traditional knowledge with new or refined, proven technologies and approaches to managing natural resources, and increasing agricultural production and rural incomes before replication. Another project area is Field Crop Production comprising irrigation management; crop development in grain and fodder production; orchard development; agro-processing; and institutional development. In the area of livestock production and marketing, the focus is on sheep, cattle, goats, pigs and poultry. Having made its name with the People s Workbook of practical technologies, first published more than 20 years ago, and now with its offspring the People s Farming Workbook (available from CTA, number 622, 20 credit points), the EDA has expanded its publications to include audio-visual materials, the quarterly New Ground, and the Land & Rural Digest, a co-publication with two partners. EDA has also produced a range of policy papers, aimed straight at government. Recent topics include the challenge of transforming agricultural extension; support to small-scale farmers; natural resource conservation, and land management and tenure reform, in communal areas; the issues of tribal authorities and traditional leaders and land management; and women and land. EDA was born as a networking organisation, and having survived some very difficult days during the twilight years of the apartheid era, it understands the value of cooperation and exchange. Here lies its strength for other Spore readers: its willingness to share the story of its evolution with others. EDA PO Box 15840 Doornfontein 2028 South Africa Fax: +27 11 402 02 98 Email: email@example.com