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November 2004

The Second Meeting of the Adelboden Group: a kick-off meeting for the SARD-M Project

The Adelboden Group met for the second time in Rome, Italy, on 4 and 5 October 2004. About 70 participants from 35 countries representing governments, international organizations and civil society participated in this international meeting in order to prioritize project activities for 2005, finalize partnerships and discuss project implementation. This one and a half day meeting was organized by FAO and co-chaired by Ms Jeannette Gurung, Director of Women Organising for Change in Agriculture, an NGO which is the focal point for the Major Group on Women, and Mr. Miguel Palomino de la Gala, Director of Sustainable Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Peru.

One year after their first meeting, the Adelboden Group members – key partners of the SARD-M project – emphasized the need to eradicate poverty in mountain regions by creating an enabling policy environment through combining their voices, efforts and resources in support of the project.

Participants in the meeting emphasized the common concerns shared by the mountain communities worldwide, despite very diverse climatic, social and economic conditions. “In Peru, twenty two of the twenty five regions of the countries are composed of high mountains”, said the Peruvian representative. “Therefore, Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development in mountain regions is essential for the country. Peru has a particular interest in the SARD-M Project”, he added.

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