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October 2001
World Food Summit Five Years Later : The Challenge of feeding and educating all

This paper was presented at the Workshop on "Food Security and the World Food Summit", organized by FAO during the Global Consortium of Higher Education and Research for Agriculture and Food Systems in the 21st Century (GCHERA,San Francisco, 14 July 2001). The paper addresses the major challenges to be faced and progress made thus far in feeding and educating all. Clearly, the challenges are daunting in a world in which more than 800 million people are undernourished and illiterate, an estimated 130 million children are out of school and about 160 million children are undernourished. This paper also focuses on the renewed consensus of the international community to address basic education as a crucial priority for poverty reduction, rural development and food security. Furthermore, the paper proposes a systemic action by which education can effectively serve the needs of rural livelihoods by fostering interdisciplinary approaches and new partnerships to forge stronger relationships between research and extension.

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October 2001
Agricultural Knowledge and Information Systems in Hagaz, Eritrea

A move to farmer-responsive extension and advisory services requires a continuing dialogue between farmers and advisors and analysis of farmers' needs. The article by Chris Garforth of the University of Reading, UK, presents a study of local agricultural knowledge and information systems (AKIS) in Eritrea. The study was carried out in March 2001 with the SDRE Communication for Development Group and DANIDA/Eritrea. The study set out to develop methods for analysis that can be used by advisors in dialogue with farming communities. Findings highlighted local variations in AKIS, the key role played by farmers in introducing and adapting new agricultural technology, and the importance of market opportunities in driving successful innovation. Opportunities for improving the functioning of the AKIS included training to meet specific farmers' needs, participatory adaptive research, improving the reliability of information exchanged through farmer-to-farmer interaction, and the planned use of existing informal channels for enhancing the two-way flow of information between advisors and farmers.

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September 2001
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September 2001
"Linking rural radio to the internet"
Final Communique

As a follow-up to the International Rural Radio Workshop held in February 2000 at FAO Headquarters in Rome, the Communication for Development Group implemented a workshop entitled "Linking rural radio to the internet" in Bamako, Mali from 18-21 September 2001. At the workshop, two working groups were charged with evaluating the project proposal. One group examined the theme "Technologies and applications in the Malian context: Training and Human Resources"; the other working group explored the topic entitled "Content, Collaboration, Partnerships, Education and Human Resources".

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September 2001
Distance education and distance learning: A framework for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

This paper introduces the concepts of distance education and distance learning, and reviews the general parameters of past distance education experiences in developing countries. The paper proposes a set of distance education principles, and concludes with suggestions regarding the integration of distance education and distance learning strategies into the FAO programme of work. The basic purpose of the paper is to provide stakeholders, both within FAO and in its Member States, with a foundation upon which to develop distance education and distance learning strategies to meet the challenges of food security and rural development.

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