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Preface and acknowledgement


The Integrated Support to Sustainable Development and Food Security Programme (IP) is a programme of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The IP seeks to promote multidisciplinary collaboration within FAO and with the public sector and civil society in order to enhance sustainable development and food security.

From its inception in 1998 until the end of Phase-I in the spring of 2002 more than 27 national protocols were implemented in the partner countries, Namibia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. One of the activities the IP carried out in Zimbabwe in Phase-I was a research on the pluralistic agricultural extension systems in the country, with funding from the Governments of Norway and Finland. The study was conducted in 2001 for the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) and other national partners under the auspices of the IP. The principle draft research report was prepared by B.T. Hanyani-Mlambo.

The IP Programme Implementation Task Force (PITF) at FAO provided advice and guidance. The IP would like to acknowledge in particular the lead technical role of FAO's Extension, Education and Communication Service (SDRE) in the technical guidance, field supervision and preparation of this edited version for publication.

Contact information:
Integrated Support to Sustainable Development and Food Security Programme (IP)
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy
Tel.: (+39) 06 570 5675
Fax: (+39) 0657052004
E-mail: integrated-programme@fao.org
Internet: http://www.fao.org/sd/ip

This publication is not an official document of FAO. The opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of FAO. The designations employed and the presentation of material in this publication do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of FAO concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.


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