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Informal ERP letter N° 5  22/12/2004

The electronic newsletter for the members of the FAO/UNESCO
flagship "Education for Rural People (ERP)"


What's new?

International Capacity Building Events

1.   Capacity Building Workshop on "Education for Rural People and Food Security" : A Partnership Project Co-Financed by The European Commission (15 - 17 November 2004 Rome, FAO Headquarter). Background  study is available at  http://www.fao.org/sd/erp/ERPevents14_en.htm_en.htm. Press release of the event at: http://www.fao.org/sd/erp/ERParticlespress4_en.htm.

2.   Regional workshop "Education for Rural People in Latin America: Food for All " ( 3 – 5 August, Santiago of Chile, Chile) http://www.fao.org/sd/erp/ERPevents13_en.htm. Background  study is available at http://www.fao.org/sd/erp/ERParticlespress1_en.htm. Press release with 37 features of the event at: http://www.fao.org/sd/erp/ERParticlespress1_en.htm

3.   A medium-term Strategy for Education for Rural People of Kosovo (17 June Pristina)    To see the strategy: Http://www.fao.org/sd/erp/ERPevents12_en.htm.  Kosovo press release available at: http//www.fao.org/sd/erp/ERParticlespress3_en.htm

4.   Regional workshop on “Addressing Learning Needs of Rural People through National Agriculture, Rural Development and Education for All Plans"  (25 - 26 May 2004, Bangkok, Thailand) http://www.fao.org/sd/erp/ERPevents10_en.htm

ERP in the United Nations publications


1.   ERP is in pages 28,29 of The State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI) 2004, FAO 

2.   ERP is in page. 219 of Chapter 5 of : 2005 Report Education for All: The Quality Imperative

3.   ERP is in page 14 of United Nations Literacy Decade: Education for All
UNESCO Consultative Meeting

4.   ERP is now available in the Partnership for Sustainable development data base of the UN Department of Economic and social Affairs, Division for Sustainable Development

5.   ERP is in section 3.8,  page 40 of Issues Paper - African Union Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government on Employment and Poverty Alleviation in Africaworkshop

6.   ERP is in page 8 of: Coordinated and integrated United Nations system approach to promote rural development in developing countries, with due consideration to least developed countries, for poverty eradication and sustainable development

7.   ERP is in page 41 of: Report of the Joint Inspection Unit on achieving the universal primary education goal of the United Nations Millennium Declaration

The documents are available at http://www.fao.org/sd/erp/ERPUNdocuments_en.htm.



Sharing of information, research and good practices


1.   “The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2004 (SOFI), FAO ”
Published in 2004 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Viale delle
Terme di Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy

2.   “Education for rural development: toward new policy responses” (2003) is now available in Spanish at: http://www.fao.org/sd/erp/ERPglobalstudy_es.htm;

3.   “The deep change process in Zamorano:1997-2002”. (Keith L. Andrews) FAO and UNESCO/IIEP, Paris 2004.

4.   “The reform of higher agricultural education institution in China”. (L. Yonggong – Z.Jingzum) FAO and UNESCO/IIEP, Paris 2004.

5.   “Revisiting garden-based learning in basic education”. (D. Desmond – J. Grieshop – A. Subramaniam) FAO and UNESCO/IIEP, Paris 2004.

The above mentioned printed books can be ordered at information@iiep.unesco.org.  ERP member (ONLY) who filled in the questionnaire can request it to Nicoletta.rossi@fao.org. You can get the digital version of the book in the web page of our site:http://www.fao.org/sd/erp/ErpPublications_en.htm

6.   The article: “ Launching a New Flagship on Education for Rural People: An Initiative Agricultural and Extension Educators Can Get Behind”; Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education,  Fall 2003, Volume 10, Number 3. Authors: David Acker, Lavinia Gasperini.   The article is available at : http://www.fao.org/sd/erp/ERParticles_en.htm



We are now 154 members!

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As you can see there is a continuous progress in the number of partners.

Education for rural people (ERP) flagship members are listed in the ERP web page http://www.fao.org/sd/erp/


The project "Education for rural people and food security: a participatory approach to poverty reduction" in support of the global flagship partnership initiative, prepared by the NGO ACRA in collaboration with FAO was approved by the European Commission. See web page: http://www.fao.org/sd/erp/ERPactivitieslast_en.htm

On June 17, in Pristina, a Medium-term Strategy for Education for Rural People, prepared during 2003 – 2004 by the Ministry of Education Science and Technology and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development with the technical support of FAO was officially launched and presented to the donors’ community. The strategy, which has been articulated around eight strategic goals and five intervention programmes, is based on an assessment of the basic education needs of rural people. The strategy and the assessment study, as well as the participatory methodology presented in the attached document will drive the policy and planning activities of the two ministries and can be considered an interesting experience that could provide inspiration for countries to undertake a similar collaborative effort in favour of Education for Rural People.    See web page: http://www.fao.org/sd/erp/ERPevents12_en.htm


We invite you to improve the exchange of experiences: the first step is to fill in the

questionnaire for members :  

The next step is to send us articles for publication in the web site on your best practices.

Since we do not have editorial facilities, please ensure that the article is edited in standard English and is ready for publication.

 We invite you to read our editorial suggestions in attachment 1.

We look forward to receiving your contributions!

Attachment 1

Editorial suggestions:

1.   Please prepare an abstract of a maximum of 300 words summarizing your experience/activity and the lessons others can learn from it, followed by an article of maximum 1500 words;

2.   Please write the article in a clear and understandable manner without being too scientific or technical;

3.   Please find a short and capturing headline;

4.   The article should start with a very short introduction of about 5 lines;

5.   Subheadings will make the article easier to read;

6.   Please send the article by e-mail to lavinia.gasperini@fao.org