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Learning, Producing and Sharing Innovations PDF Print E-mail
Written by Erik van den Elsen   

Tools for co-construction and sustainable implementation of innovations in Dryland Africa. 



In a context of strong pressure on natural resources, fresh thought needs to be given to agricultural development in the countries of the South. If agricultural production is to be sustained and sustainable, it must be considered not only in biophysical terms but also in social and economic terms. The food supply and income of rural African populations can only be improved if the impact of technical results can be guaranteed, whilst ensuring the ecological sustainability of technical systems, particularly in environments where ecological equilibrium have been weakened by drought.

Workshop objective
By analysing actual practices in the field, the workshop will set out to identify the knowledge needed and the tools to be created and developed to enable production of shared know-how and to improve the impact of agricultural innovations. Numerous experiences exist in Africa and another challenge of the workshop will be to compare them to the farmer universities (UNICAMPO) in the Brazilian Nordeste, a semi-arid region where farms show great similarities with those in the drylands of Africa. In their training programme for young rural people, these universities use interactive methods involving farmers, researcher and multi stakeholder from the civil Society.


The workshop venue is planned from 21 to 24 October 2008 and will be held at the Palm Beach hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, under the responsibility of CIRAD Regional Management in Ouagadougou.

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