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INFPD Newsletter Vol. 9 No. 2, April - June 1999

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First INFPD/FAO Electronic Conference on Family Poultry

E.F. Guéye

As decided by the General Meeting of the INFPD (International Network for Family Poultry Development) held in 1997 in MėBour, Senegal, the First INFPD/FAO Electronic Conference on Family Poultry was run from 7 December 1998 to 5 March 1999. However, because of the great interest of subscribers and their active participation, the duration of the Conference was extended until 22 July 1999. The general theme of the Conference was: "The Scope and Effect of Family Poultry Research and Development". The objectives were to (a) collect information related to all aspects of family poultry production systems from various parts of the world, (b) disseminate available information for discussion among participants, (c) identify where information is currently missing and set an agenda of priorities for research and development, (d) investigate approaches, methods and tools which could contribute to identifying at farm level the most relevant family poultry farming systems. The identified production systems could then be disseminated in the areas where they are most appropriate.

This Conference included 151 participants from more than 50 countries, among them 35 developing countries, as well as many international organizations (FAO, CTA, IDRC, ACIAR, IFAD, etc.), NGOs (DANIDA, FUNDACION HERENCIA VERDE, VETERINAIRES SANS FRONTIERES, PROSHIKA, etc.), Universities and Research Centres. Participant profile of the Conference was as follows: Researchers and extension workers (27 percent), teachers and lecturers (25 percent), staff of international organizations (19 percent), consultants and advisors (12 percent), programme co-ordinators (6 percent), students (4 percent), management/policy level (4 percent) and editors of scientific journals (3 percent). Among the subscribers, 41 participated actively either through sending articles or making comments. This represents about 27 percent active participation, which is a high level, since values of about 20 percent or less are generally regarded as typical and acceptable figures.

The papers included one introductory paper, five lead papers from selected authors and 14 free communications. These initiated discussions: about 50 comments/observations/queries/replies were exchanged among participants, excluding the final comments/appreciation/remarks.M

All papers and comments are available on the Internet.

An association of volunteers working for rural self-empowerment in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The "Association des Volontaires pour lėAuto-promotion Rurale" (AVOLAR), a non-profit development non-governmental organization (NGO), was set up in May 1992 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Its objectives are to:

- promote peasantsė self-empowerment;

- raise interest for agriculture and family livestock farming as well as the setting-up of co-operatives;

- introduce new methods in agriculture and family livestock farming;

- encourage the participation of farmersė families, especially the women and the most disadvantaged categories, in socio-economic activities in rural areas;

- promote the introduction and the spread of technologies that are most appropriate for the villages;

- produce and distribute:
- high-yield seeds for vegetable growing and food crop,
- food and agricultural inputs,
- improved livestock breeds.

In the domain of poultry keeping, it should be mentioned that AVOLAR provides technical assistance concerning the domestication of the wild quail. The meat of this poultry species is highly valued by consumers and is regarded as delicacy in some restaurants of urban centres.

For further information please contact:

Mr Elvis MBIYA TEKADIOMONA, Secr¨taire G¨n¨ral de lėAVOLAR, B.P. 9657, Kinshasa I, R¨p. D¨mocratique du Congo, Fax: (+243) 1234447/8804516, E-mail: kin-ol@ic.cd

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