It's our agenda now
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CTA. 2002. It's our agenda now. Spore 101. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Agriculture made it back to the top of the global policy agenda at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), in Johannesburg in August/September 2002, where it was part of the list of core topics: water, energy, health, agriculture and...
Agriculture made it back to the top of the global policy agenda at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), in Johannesburg in August/September 2002, where it was part of the list of core topics: water, energy, health, agriculture and biodiversity (WEHAB). No wonder, then, that almost half the several hundred Plans of Action agreed upon by civil society, the private sector and selected governments cover sustainable agriculture. The Eco-agriculture programme, championed by the Future Harvest group of agricultural research centres, and involving practitioner groups from the Americas, Africa and Asia and the World Conservation Union (IUCN), launched a campaign of persuasion and demonstration about the productive potential of this benign form of agriculture which includes low use of external inputs. On a broader front, the Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (SARD) initiative will establish stakeholder-designed programmes of best practice to improve access to land and water. Led by civil society, supported by governments and facilitated by FAO, SARD was launched by FAO s Director-General and representatives of government, business and civil society, including more than a few small farmers groups. Both initiatives will make much use of the media, and have already started work with the World Summit Task Force of Agricultural Media Professionals, one of the first outcomes of the summit. Composed of communicators worldwide, including several Spore correspondents and led by Médiateurs (address page 15), its early tasks include setting up partnerships with existing media bodies. For more information on agriculture at the World Summit, visit the New Agriculturist: www.new-agri.co.uk/02-5/develop/dev01.html