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Spore: Issue 125, October 2006
Information for agricultural development in ACP countries
October 2006
Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)

Acknowledgements: FANRPAN acknowledges the CTA as the source of this bulletin:

In this issue

Acting and reacting in good time that is the underlying theme of this issue. Our opening article observes that solutions exist for combating desertification. A number of ACP rural communities are reacting by rolling up their shirtsleeves to drive back the desert.

In Viewpoint, our guest writer urges governments, NGOs and the private sector to work together to create an economic climate that is more favourable to small-scale farmers. He believes that food crop production holds more promise than high-value agriculture for African smallholder producers. But for some other ACP producers, value-added products may offer better opportunities: in the oleaginous sector, where competition is fierce, it is time to take action and to pull out a few winning cards, as the article on pages 3 to 5 shows.

In this issue, you will also find a selection of briefs, new publications and addresses to help you take action. And of course, the Mailbox is always open, so...action!

Table of contents
  • Desertification: Reviving lost lands
  • Oleaginous plants: Oiling the markets
  • Links
  • Publications
  • Between us
  • Viewpoint

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