Friday, 12 June 2009

Sustainable Modernization of Agriculture and Rural Transformation (SMART) in Africa

8-12 June, 2009. IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria. The Main Objectives of the current Ibadan SMART training workshop was to enhance the capacity of African countries to formulate and implement appropriate programmes, strategies and policies towards a Sustainable Modernisation of Agriculture and Rural Transformation (SMART).

The Specific Objectives were:
  • General overview of agriculture and rural development.
  • Discuss African agriculture: Unique features and paradigm shifts.
  • Achieving sustainable agriculture and rural development in Africa: Lessons learned from Africa. Country case studies including cassava in Nigeria, rice in Senegal, maize in Malawi, banana plantain in Cameroon, milk in South Africa and water in DR Congo.
  • Achieving sustainable agriculture and rural development in Africa: Lessons from Asia (e.g. case of Saemaul Undong Movement).Formulation of appropriate programmes

Related blogpost: Expert Group Meeting on SMART Indicators and Lessons

Background: Saemaul Undong Movement in Korea has become a model case of agricultural reform. The New Community Movement, also known as the New Village Movement or Saemaeul Movement, was a political initiative launched by former South Korean president Park Chung Hee to modernize the rural South Korean economy. The most significant aspect was spreading orange tiled houses throughout the countryside to replace tradition-bound straw-thatched or choga-jip houses.The following introductory videos on Saemaul Undong will help you understand what Saemaul Undong Movement is. The SU model is to contribute to the SMART and Green Revolution in Africa. Download Saemaul Handbook