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UN Expert Group Meeting: Sustainable land management in Africa

Kenneth O Ayuko, Director Agribusiness, Market Development and Agricultural Information, Ministry of Agriculture, Kenya, and Gunnar Köhlin, EfD Director, Sweden.

This Expert Group Meeting on "Sustainable land management and agricultural practices in Africa: Bridging the gap between research and farmers" took place in Gothenburg, Sweden, April 16 - 17, 2009. It was co-sponsored by the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs and the Environment for Development Initiative. It was hosted by University of Gothenburg and sponsored by UNDESA and Sida.

This meeting focused on how research can be applied to scale up promising Sustainable Land Management technologies, and in particular on how to institutionalize a link between innovation, evaluation of such innovation, and extension services.

Ideally, the meeting will contribute to national networks were local researchers, such as agricultural research institutes, continuously evaluate sustainable agricultural practices, feed these evaluations into syntheses that can be used to scale up promising technologies and also guide extension services and targeting of interventions.

Link to news item with comments from Gunnar Köhlin, EfD Director and host of the meeting