The Spice Trade
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CTA. 2002. The Spice Trade. Spore 100. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
Permanent link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10568/47656
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Now here s a new management theory. Ever tried running an organisation by proverb? It could work. The Yoruba proverb 'Opo Iru ko ba obbe je' literally translated means that 'Plenty of Iru seasoning (from the seed of the locust-fruit) does not spoil...
Now here s a new management theory. Ever tried running an organisation by proverb? It could work. The Yoruba proverb 'Opo Iru ko ba obbe je' literally translated means that 'Plenty of Iru seasoning (from the seed of the locust-fruit) does not spoil the stew'. Its broader meaning is that 'Good advice never harms, however much be offered'. The annual meeting of the CTA Advisory Committee, held at CTA headquarters in Wageningen, from 4 to 7 June 2002, was particularly rich in seasoning in its role as a guiding sage. This was its first meeting since the launch of the new Strategic Plan (see Spore 98) and it took the opportunity to express appreciation of the changes in the Centre s orientations. The learning organisation The Committee brimmed with a number of fine-tuning suggestions. The challenge of becoming more of a networking organisation seemed to fascinate it, as it continually urged the Centre to work long and hard on developing genuine relationships (linkages, synergies, partnerships are the terms used) with other fora, organisations, networks and here s the spicy bit 'non-institutionalised initiatives'. A constant thrust of this advice, somewhat less focused on the stand-alone structured regional approach and more on bodies with evident working links, was to better understand the nature and needs of potential partners. In other words, to invest in ties with formal bodies not 'because they are there' but 'because they will work'. The recommended use of information about Spore readers (now emerging in some detail through the Spore User Survey) and of the CTA Website to help target activities, and the judicious development of links with farmers organisations, underline that focus. We need more young people There are few better signs of a networking mind than one which can properly deal with cross-cutting issues , sector-wide approaches and the wider environmental and social context , and these abounded in the Committee s advice. Thus the planned CTA seminar in 2003, which incidentally becomes a flagship event now that CTA only conducts one major seminar annually, should handle its topic of fertiliser use within broader parameters. And talking of cross-cutting issues, youth has been added to the list alongside, amongst others, gender with both being better included in the physical composition of the Committee. The Committee has 30 members, equally divided between representatives of the ACP Group and of the Member States of the European Union. There are three observers, from the Development directorate of the EC, the Secretariat of the ACP-EC Council of Ministers and the ACP General Secretariat; Mr S N Naidu of Mauritius was elected as Chairperson and Mrs H Boulkou of Greece as Vice-Chairperson. They will be joined in the Restricted Group which prepares, monitors and follows up the Committee s work, by Dr D Sène of Senegal and Professor E Tollens of Belgium.