Getting Agriculture Moving
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IICA. 2006. Getting Agriculture Moving. AGRIView, Vol 12, No. 2. IICA, San José, Costa Rica.
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This sets the stage for discussion on the essential aspects as they relate to alleviating some of the Key Binding Constraints that are now in full focus of the agricultural repositioning debate.
IN THIS ISSUE The promise of a ‘new’ agriculture has been on the region’s horizon for some time now. These promises offer new hope for redundant traditional industries, such as, raw cane sugar, or mass-produced conventional bananas. They offer unprecidented opportunities for new and often revolutionary uses of old or ordinary agricultural crops. They offer new possibilities for expanding the production frontiers in agriculture. The old agriculture has been overtaken by new and competitive ‘designer’ processes, packaging and products This AgriView issue summarises the regional desires and debate surrounding the ushering into being of a new agriculture in the lead article on: Getting Agriculture Moving This sets the stage for discussion on the essential aspects as they relate to alleviating some of the Key Binding Constraints that are now in full focus of the agricultural repositioning debate. Some of these issues and the current actions of countries, individually, and as a region, emphasise the need to urgently and comprehensively: Secure the Soils and Water page 3 Assure Health and Safety page 4 Build Resilience to Natural Hazards page 5 The importance of resilence to natural hazards is even more urgent and critical given the experiences of the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons. The need to ensure full participation is underscored with an extract from the SEEDS publication on: Disaster Relief, Recovery and Women page 6 Further the need to reposition agriculture in the shortest possible timefram will require that region, collectively: Make the Quantum Technology Leap page 7 Explore the Potential of Agri-energy page 8 Bridge the Digital Divide page 9 and in that context Building a Hybrid Agri-Information System page 10 to measure progress towards achieving stated goals. AgriView continues by providing a youth’s outlook for agriculture that links fond memories of old agricutlure into a ‘designer-driven’ new vision in: I see a Renaissance for Agriculture page 11 . . . and ends with a pictoral representation of sights of the ‘new’ agriculture: Signs of the New Agriculture page 12