Food Production and Rural Development Division (FPRD) of the Commonwealth Secretariat
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CTA. 1993. Food Production and Rural Development Division (FPRD) of the Commonwealth Secretariat. Spore 43. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Food Production and Rural Development Division (FPRD) of the Commonwealth SecretariatBy 1992 50 countries had chosen to join the Commonwealth, an association of independent sovereign states, which have pledged to cooperate in the service of human...
By 1992 50 countries had chosen to join the Commonwealth, an association of independent sovereign states, which have pledged to cooperate in the service of human development, international understanding and peace in the modern world. The Commonwealth Secretariat is the headquarters of this organization and is based in London. The Food Production and -Rural Development Division (FPRD) of the Commonwealth Secretariat was established in response to mounting concern over the global food supply. Funding is provided by the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation (CFTC). A key element of the Division's role is keeping abreast with progress in the management and development of agriculture, fisheries, forestry and environment protection. Having in-house expertise in these fields enables the Division to respond to requests from member countries. The Division fosters economic development through agricultural sector growth in two main ways. The first is to provide investment and project assistance through short-term consultancy services and to increase the countries) absorptive capacity of aid and investment The second is to provide a package of measures to foster management improvement, through preparation of technical and management manuals and training modules to meet specific sector or country needs. Using in-house or contracted technical expertise, FPRD is well placed to develop and pilot-test training programmes in agricultural development and identify institution building needs, before handing over responsibility for longer-term implementation to more specialist training support divisions of the Secretariat. Livestock, fisheries, information technology, mechanization, soil and water conservation' rangeland degradation and tropical forestry have already received FPRD's attention, and there is demand from member countries for extension to new areas. Typical programmes at present being undertaken include the preparation of a series of procedure manuals about food management systems to improve food security. Status reports on rural poverty alleviation programmes in a number of Commonwealth countries, including Ghana, Tanzania and Zambia have already been published. Training manuals and other course materials have been produced or are at present being prepared in aquaculture extension work, livestock management training in the Caribbean and soil and water conservation. Details of these and other publications can be obtained from: The Director, Food Production and Rural Development Division Commonwealth Secretariat, Marlborough House, Pall Mall London SW1Y 5HX, UK
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