Friday, 2 May 2008

SALZBURG DAY 3: ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS FOR A GREEN REVOLUTION IN AFRICA

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member

You join us on the final day of the 'Toward a Green Revolution in Africa?' conference here in Salzburg, Austria, where the emphasis will be on moving from some of the 'what?' and 'why?' questions to the 'how?' and 'who?' Photo: Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg, Austria

Yesterday the six key themes of the conference were discussed in roundtable groups: Institutions and innovations; Markets, trade and Investment; Environmental Sustainability and biodiversity; Governance and policy processes; Equity, rights and empowerment; Responding to new threats and opportunities.

And today delegates are attempting to highlight the key issues and messages from each of these thematic groups. One lucky soul from each of the groups will step under the spotlight to present recommendations and/or commitments, and identify critical unresolved issues.

This conference is not about trying to come up with a consensus position, but is about identifying and acknowledging those unresolved issues and still being able to move forward. Let's see what emerges as the day goes on.

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