Friday, 2 May 2008

Development of Rural Livelihoods in Semi-Arid Africa

The African Union’s specialized technical office for the promotion of agricultural research for development in semi-arid areas (AU/SAFGRAD), in collaboration with partner institutions, organised a two days ‘Conference on Development of Rural Livelihoods in Semi-arid Africa’. The Conference was attended by FARA and took place on 29-30 April, and was hosted at the African Union Commission Head Quarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The conference brought together producers, policy makers, researchers, development practitioners and strategic partners, etc., with a view to (a) defining key issues that engender rural livelihood processes in semi-arid Africa, (b) ensuring that designed responses adequately address those issues, and (c) formulating a strategy for an effective and synchronized intervention that facilitates the transformation of rural livelihood processes in semi-arid Africa.

Specific Objectives of the Conference were are to:
  • identify and document relevant actors and enhance networks and forums that are actively involved in development of rural livelihood in semi-arid areas;
  • define major developmental issues, challenges and opportunities surrounding rural livelihood processes in semi-arid Africa;
  • translate elements of strategic responses and investments (e.g., the CAADP framework, Sirte decisions) to effectively address the key development issues of rural livelihood in semi-arid Africa; and
  • develop a strategy and action plan that could serve as a common platform for building and sustaining a broader coalition of actors in agricultural and rural development in semi-arid Africa.


Afrique en ligne 29/04 Ethiopia hosts conference on Africa's semi-arid areas

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