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Message 17


        Message 17 - Questions for Week 2
        Tue, 13 Mar 2001 09:58:19 +0100

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to thank those of you who contributed to the questions of Week
One. Today the second week of the three week E-Conference begins. In the
first week, we asked what you consider to be the most critical challenges
and trends in land and agriculture (Question 1) and how the Task Managers'
Report to CSD-10 can be improved (Question 2). We also asked that you
consider these challenges or trends in terms of specific issues: 

1. the environmental and the biological dimensions of sustainability
2. production, access and distribution
3. social, cultural and institutional issues
4. questions of political will
5. and other points.

We encourage all participants to continue to consider and to respond to the
first weeks' questions, especially those who have not made an intervention
yet and the many who continue to join the E-Conference.

This week will provide an opportunity to move from "what" in terms of
current challenges and trends in agriculture and land Ten Years after Rio to
"how" to address those challenges and trends with practical strategies and
concrete action.

To move forward this week, we propose that you direct your discussions to
the following: 

QUESTION 3. From your perspective, what would you identify as the root
causes of the current trends and challenges for agriculture and land? (For
example, in relation to land degradation, food safety and sustainable
livestock production,  food security and access to land, etc). 

QUESTION 4. Drawing upon your experience, what are your proposals for action
and the way forward on SARD? In responding to this question, you may wish to
address methods, tools, practices, and policies that will lend themselves to
solutions.  Feel free to address both local community levels of action and
national or international levels. 

Once again, you are invited to refer to the sections of the joint Task
Managers' Report and the FAO paper on SARD for COAG. Also, we invite you to
continue to address the four issue areas listed above. You may of course
identify the other core issues within or beyond these four.

With this call to help chart the way forward on SARD for Week Two, you will
soon receive a message with the draft agenda for the SARD Forum to be held
March 29th, 2001, concurrent with the COAG meeting in Rome. Representatives
of major groups in civil society, business and government will continue the
dialogue on SARD and this E-Conference will provide them with valuable
insights and a wide range of perspectives. In the Third Week we will take up
your suggestions for the SARD Forum directly.

Thank you for your participation. We look forward to your contributions in
Week Two of the E-Conference! 

Best regards from the Moderators

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