Friday, 2 May 2008

SALZBURG DAY 3: A REPRESENTATIVE REVOLUTION

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member

To ensure an African Green Revolution is equitable there is a pressing need to ensure that wide representation is assured, delegates said.It is paramount that inclusive processes going forward are attendant to gender and ethnicity issues. It should also be ensured, in particular, that smallholders and those farmers who are consumers, and not just producers, of food have a voice in farmer organisations. Photo: Kofi Annan takes part in the press conference / Julia Day

At present, the interests of smallholders, women and other more marginalised groups, including pastoralists and livestock groups are not well represented by farmer groups or service providers – private or public.

In addition to assessing the achievement sof this Green Revolution in quantative terms, delegates recommended that qualitative targets are also set to define targets in relation to empowerment, voice and inclusion, taking into account a rights-based approach.

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