Arid Lands Information Network
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CTA. 1996. Arid Lands Information Network. Spore 61. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN) is principally for field workers, project managers, group leaders and local government officials. ALIN is a British NGO, based in Dakar, Senegal, which is designed to help people working in the field to...
The Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN) is principally for field workers, project managers, group leaders and local government officials. ALIN is a British NGO, based in Dakar, Senegal, which is designed to help people working in the field to obtain information. It also provides them with a means of exchanging experiences and ideas. Field workers, who can enjoy full membership of ALIN, have in common a practical approach to development because they work closely with local people. Associate members, such as programme managers, administrators, representatives of NGOs, scientists and consultants can support the ALIN network by taking into consideration, when planning projects, the views of those who have first hand experience in the field. The ALIN network now has more than a thousand members in 29 African countries. Its publications, in English and French, are available free to full members, as is membership for all those working in arid regions. ALIN's membership list gives details about members' occupations and where they can be contacted so that information can be exchanged directly between members or visits and local workshops organized. BAOBAB is the Network's magazine. It provides a link, three times a year, between members who themselves write the articles, and express concerns and points of view on development topics such as cereal banks, credit, forestry and pastoralism. Exchange visits. Full members may obtain help from ALIN for financing and organizing exchange visits to projects similar to their own. Local workshops. The local workshops financed by ALIN provide an opportunity for field workers to share their experiences and their concerns about development matters. Publications. ALIN produces a number of publications. Among others are: The paravets of Loumbol; The paravets of Kenya, and Restocking in Kenya. A booklet on Cereal banks at your sevice? comprises a collection of case studies and information about pricing. A book entitled Looking after our land, which is accompanied by a video, presents a new approach to the conservation of soil and water. Secretariat Arid Lands Information Network (RITA) Casier postal 3, Dakar-Fann, SENEGAL Tel: (221 ) 25 18 08 Fax: (221) 25 45 21