Natural Resources Group - ODI
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CTA. 1998. Natural Resources Group - ODI. Spore 73. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The UK-based Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is an independent non-governmental centre for the study of development and humanitarian issues facing developing countries. The Institute is engaged in a wide range of policy-based research centred...
The UK-based Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is an independent non-governmental centre for the study of development and humanitarian issues facing developing countries. The Institute is engaged in a wide range of policy-based research centred around the following groups: Natural Resources, Human Security and Development, and International Economic Development. There are also networks linking research to practitioners in Agricultural Research and Extension, Rural Development Forestry, and Relief and Rehabilitation. ODI's Natural Resources Group (NRG) includes both social and natural scientists. It conducts interdisciplinary research, in collaboration with southern partners, oriented towards the development of a more sustainable relationship between natural resources and rural livelihoods. Two broad kinds of research are undertaken: research to generate new knowledge or methodologies at the local level, and policy and institutions research at national and international level. The NRG comprises four programmes: ? Agricultural Institutions and Technology Change ? Environmental Economics and Policy ? Seeds and Biodiversity ? Forestry The Agricultural Institutions and Technology Change programme generates and disseminates policy advice on ways of increasing the effectiveness, efficiency and accountability of resource management and agricultural service delivery. Also included under the programme are the publications of the Natural Resource Perspectives and the Agricultural Research and Extension Network (AgREN) series. The core focus of the Environmental Economics and Policy programme is the use of economics in the analysis of environmental problems and in the formulation of environmental policy. The Seeds and Biodiversity programme is concerned with the security, diversity and equity of seed systems. It focuses on the maintenance and enhancement of crop genetic resources; the participation of farmers in crop varietal improvement; the policy and planning requirements for national seed security; and the institutional conditions for seed system development. The Forestry programme addresses the importance of tropical forests and trees for local livelihoods, often in the context of competing national and international interest in the same resource. It takes it as self-evident that sustainability and equity are profoundly inter-related. The programme's multidisciplinary team conducts research on forestry issues in the tropics; provides policy and institutional advice to international and national donors and NGOs; and is committed to a wide range of information-exchange and dissemination activities. The pro- gramme focuses above all on comparative research as its contribution to the international forestry debate. Two networks, the Agricultural Research and Extension Network and the Rural Development Forestry Network are important components of the NRG's dissemination programme. They aim to increase the information flow between practitioners, researchers and policy-makers. The NRG also contributes towards ODI Working Papers and Briefing Papers. Other NRG publications include Forestry Study Guides and an EU Tropical Forestry Sourcebook. The Natural Resource Perspectives Papers and Briefing Papers can be seen on the ODI Website (see below). The individual programmes within the NRG can be contacted by email: Agricultural Institutions and Technology Change: firstname.lastname@example.org Forestry: email@example.com Seeds and Biodiversity: firstname.lastname@example.org For general information on NRG, contact: Adrienne Watson - Natural Resources Group - ODI Portland House Stag Place London SW1E 5DP UK Tel: +44 (0) 171 393 1600 Fax: +44 (0) 171 393 1699 Email: email@example.com Website: http://www.oneworld.org/odi/