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CTA. 2002. Intensive cultivation. Spore 100. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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My, how they pack them in in South Africa! With 107 presentations in two days, plus poster sessions, bringing together a total of 140 papers, the agroforestry community of southern Africa brought itself up to date at its packed workshop on...
My, how they pack them in in South Africa! With 107 presentations in two days, plus poster sessions, bringing together a total of 140 papers, the agroforestry community of southern Africa brought itself up to date at its packed workshop on Agroforestry impacts on livelihoods in southern Africa: putting research into practice. It was, after a decade or more of research and practice in the region, time to take stock, and the International Center for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF) had caught the mood well, with support from a wide raft of donors and technical agencies, including CTA. The 180 delegates looked back with satisfaction at the options and innovations which have developed with farmers since their last gathering in 1991, including improved fallows for soil fertility, fodder crops for livestock, woodlots on farms, and the domestication of indigenous fruit trees. Through scaling-up, partnerships and replication programmes, hundreds of thousands of farmers are already using these options, and with measurable impact on household and community livelihoods and environmental quality. The challenges ahead are almost as numerous, concluded the meeting s Declaration: more capacity building, a more business-like approach and links with the private sector, mainstreaming gender in research, facing the devastation of HIV/AIDS and malaria, solving the poor supply of planting materials and watch out for this one, it is going to become an art-form in many professions dove-tailing agroforestry into the framework of NEPAD, the New Economic Partnership for African Development. Watch out too, in a few months, for the workshop proceedings; likely to be one of the richest nurseries of replicable experience, from jam-making to enabling environments, ever. How do we know it went well? Even the region s parliamentarians stayed put throughout.