CTA's Annual Report highlights poverty reduction
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CTA. 1999. CTA's Annual Report highlights poverty reduction. Spore 81. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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'Whilst economic growth per se is a necessary requirement for tackling rural poverty, it is insufficient' writes Director Dr R D Cooke in his introduction to the 1998 CTA Annual Report. Two other essential components of a poverty focus are, he...
Whilst economic growth per se is a necessary requirement for tackling rural poverty, it is insufficient' writes Director Dr R D Cooke in his introduction to the 1998 CTA Annual Report. Two other essential components of a poverty focus are, he says, appropriate policies and institutional development, if there is to be any assurance that the poor are integrated into market operations and that relevant organisations and their services will address their needs. The Report reviews the work of the Centre in strengthening the capacity of its ACP partners through improved information and communication management, with an emphasis on dealing with weaknesses in services intended to promote the incomes and competitiveness of smallholder farmers. The 102-page Report gives details of the seminars and training programmes that CTA organised and supported during the year, the publications and co-publications it produced, and the website it developed, the growing number of women involved in CTA work, the policy issues it examined with partners in ACP and EU countries for strengthening information activities and the major themes it addressed during the year such as poverty alleviation, natural resource management, market orientation, and market development information. All of these activities, which featured during the year in various issues of Spore, have been presented together in the Annual Report. Poverty in context A well-balanced picture is presented of the complementary thrusts of the centre's work, known to CTA as its Wider Objectives. Wider Objective 1 aims at improving access to information on agriculture and rural development, with its two specific objectives of: (1) promoting contact and exchange of experience among partners, and (2) providing information on demand. The second Wider Objective is to strengthen ACP capacity to manage information and communication, through its specific objectives of (3) strengthening information facilities and capacities of ACP partners, and (4) developing strategies for improving agricultural information services. The power behind the thrusts is also made abundantly clear by placing the Centre's work in the context of efforts to combat poverty. The message is reinforced in the special guest paper on agricultural development and poverty in Africa contributed by Dr Simon Maxwell, Director of the Overseas Development Institute, United Kingdom, which is included in the Report. CTA Annual Report 1998 1999. 102 pp. ISBN 92 9081 2087, No CTA 934 Available free of charge on request from CTA. The special paper ÒAgricultural Development and Poverty in AfricaÓ by S Maxwell is also available free of charge as a separate publication. 16 pp., No CTA 936
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