Tuesday, September 05, 2006

 

CALL FOR CASE STUDIES: Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (SARD) Initiative

Get Involved in the SARD Initiative's effort to report to CSD 16-17. Submit a Good Practice case study!

The Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (SARD) Initiative, facilitated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, announces a call for Good Practice case studies for a Compendium of Demonstrated Good Practices for SARD. The Compendium will be a collaborative piece, featuring submissions from different organizations, and be reported to the United Nations Commission of Sustainable Development in its 16 and 17th sessions (2008-2009) when Agriculture and Rural Development will be on the Agenda. This will be an important opportunity to put forward evidence and impact related to SARD good practices that might inform CSD decisions.

Researchers and practitioners working to contribute to achieve SARD and interested in proposing good practices for the Compendium should submit a case study by 30 September 2006. Good Practice case studies should be original in nature (not previously published anywhere else) and clearly state the problem and the approach followed to address it, highlighting any innovative elements, lessons learned, success factors and constraints for replication. The articles should also define the scale of impact, specifying simple measurements of economic, environmental and social impact. The material provided should not exceed 3,000 words (5 pages, plus annexes) and should be written in English, French or Spanish. All contributions will be reviewed according to their completeness, quality, scale of impact, relevance to SARD and the three dimensions of sustainability. The technical and editorial committee may request revisions prior to acceptance. Please contact the SARD-Initiative for more specific guidelines before submitting.

For examples of good practices, browse through the SARD Initiative Good Practice database at: http://www.fao.org/sard/en/init/1574/1846/index.html

Questions, comments, and practices can be addressed to: Eve Crowley, Chapter 14 of Agenda 21 Task Manager and Elisa Distefano, SARD Consultant, mailto:SARD-Initiative@fao.org.

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