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CTA. 1999. Straight-talking farmers. Spore 79. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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IFAP World Farmers' Congress in Manila, Philippines in June 1998
Rural poverty is growing, and its complex nature obviously requires quick and clear thinking, in an area too often made foggy by jargon. The statement of the International Federation of Agricultural Producers on 'Rural poverty and sustainable development', adopted by the IFAP World Farmers' Congress in Manila, Philippines in June 1998 is an exemplary text. The highly readable statement is perhaps the most useful 40-page overview of issues in agricultural policy and practice today. It addresses a complex set of issues, ranging from reform of the World Bank, through the importance of regulations, to the development of micro-economies, and pricing policies for new technologies. IFAP has member organisations in 60 countries, including 16 ACP States, linked by 'their attachment to the family farm'. Its analysis of rural poverty, as well as two other Congress statements on 'New concerns in Biotechnology' and 'Agricultural Trade: concerns and concensus', reflect the old adage that 'the answer lies in the soil, and those who work with her'. But Spore readers know that. IFAP 60 rue Saint-Lazare 75009 Paris, France Fax: +33148747212