1986-2006 Tracking the themes
MetadataShow full item record
CTA. 2006. 1986-2006 Tracking the themes. Spore 121. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
Permanent link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10568/47996
Internet URL: http://spore.cta.int/images/stories/pdf/old/spore121.pdf
Spore is 20 : a compilation of themes covered
Women s long struggle If government and aid agencies could divert some of their funds to fulfilling the aims stated above, or at least ensure that the role of women farmers is not overlooked in their schemes, it would not only improve the welfare of rural women but, by increasing food supplies, would improve the well-being and wealth of nations as well. Spore 12 - January 1988 It is argued that because these programs concentrate on income-generation and the elimination of drudgery in the subsistence sector, instead of micro-enterprise development or cash crop production (projects which usually target men), these approaches tacitly accept the notion that women's productive work is less important than men's and, hence, that lower standards for women are acceptable. Spore 76 - August 1998 Across the ACP countries, women are coming out of their enforced invisibility . Through a tide of conference resolutions, commissions and fora over the decades, an awareness has grown of their economic and social role. Gender is now mentioned in all the speeches about development, and the notion of gender, which embraces a strategy to integrate women in development, is sowing its seeds just about everywhere. The Year of the Woman in 1975 triggered off a movement which the international women s conference in Beijing in 1995 transformed into an unstoppable force. Spore 87 - June 2000 Biodiversity: a treasure to be shared Members of traditional African communities have a unique understanding and interpretation of their surroundings. This includes an understanding of the crops and weeds that are used for food and medicine and their relationship to the environment. Today there is a double risk which threatens that understanding. There is a risk that in the quest to grow enough food, modern high yielding varieties (HYVs) will displace traditional crops resulting in genetic erosion, and there is an associated risk that the knowledge of how to use those traditional crops may die out, even before the plants themselves disappear. Spore 43 - February 1993 One of the principal recommendations of international organizations is that efforts should be made to conserve the wild relatives of cultivated species. They are found in the species' areas of origin which still harbor many wild species, indigenous varieties and weeds related to modern cultivated plants. The wild species form a natural reservoir for breeders seeking genes for resistance, hardiness or adaptability. In developing countries it is farmers and other rural people who have the responsibility for the evolution of genetic resources: they grow the plants in their farms and gardens. Spore 54 - December 1994 In the field of agricultural innovation, there is in general too little dialogue between the farmer, the planner and the banker. Given the appeal of biodiversity, the urgency of its erosions, and the topicality of the issue (the Rio+10 summit in late 2002 will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the UN Convention on Biodiversity), surely here there are opportunities galore for finding ways to use credit, savings and finance instruments, all the way along to village level. It would be a brave person who tried to move such triangular dialogues into concrete actions, but, if they could talk, a few million species could be very grateful. Spore 90 - December 2000 From CD-ROM to cyberspace In ACP countries, where the emphasis has been primarily on rural development, it is often difficult to acquire technical information about agriculture. In Africa, for example, there are only a few documentation centres that are even partially computerized. In Europe and North America, however, it is now common for farmers to be made aware of the latest developments in agricultural science via well-developed, computerized information systems. Spore 9 - May 1987 The internet and the electronic information services to which it gives access have already shown phenomenal growth rates and have brought prosperity and economic development to users and providers alike. The ACP States should not be left behind. Some are already on-line and the chance is there for others to catch up. The internet, like information itself, should be available for all who need it, but it could be that many of the ACP States will be left further and further behind in a world that is accelerating fast along the world's information superhighways. Spore 72 - December 1997 While the techies have been twiddling away with the Internet, and you ve been wondering if you d be left out, the phone has still been getting on with connecting people. Yesterday s future is tantalisingly close, today. Make that call. Send that email. Spore 92 - April 2001 Titre du dessin : Ploughing with compact discs Spore 9 - May 1987 Photo: © Syfia International