Ecoagriculture Roundtable in Zambia

Dear Friends:

The Environmental Capacity Enhancement Project is a Canadian funded 
project in Southern Africa.  The Head Office is located at the 
University of Guelph in Ontario Canada.  The Field Office is located 
at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.   

ECEP is sponsoring a Roundtable meeting on Ecological Agriculture in
Zambia in late May 1997.   We hope to present at that meeting some
of the basic principles of ecological agriculture as well as present
some of the current research and practical work being undertaken in 
the region on ecological agriculture.

The Roundtable will be inviting about 30 participants currently 
working on small holder agriculture in the region.  In general these 
participants will not be very familiar with ecological agriculture 
although sympathetic with some of the principles.   In addition we 
will be inviting a number of resource persons, primarily active 
researchers from the region, to lead sessions on a variety of issues 
on soil management, crop selection, farming systems, farm 
organization, international funding support, and so on.

We are looking for resource persons for the roundtable - experienced
Africans very familiar with - and interested in spreading the word on
- ecological agriculture.  Any suggestions with e-mail or fax numbers 
that subscribers to sanet can suggest will be appreciated.

The text of our brochure follows:


Environmental Capacity Enhancement Project
Roundtable on Ecological Agriculture for the Small Holder in 
Southern Africa
Siavonga, Zambia
28 May - 4 June 1997

Sustainable agriculture has gained increasing attention
over the past decade as a policy goal. Yet general acceptance of the
goal of creating agricultural systems that will remain productive
over the long run has not foreclosed debate over the most appropriate
strategies to be adopted.  Many conventional agricultural
technologies are now being repackaged as contributions to
sustainable agriculture.   Proponents of ecological agriculture
regard these developments with concern.

Ecological Agriculture Defined 
Ecological agriculture refers to
methods, techniques and technologies that preserve the productivity
and biodiversity of agricultural production systems while minimizing
the use of external inputs such as pesticides, chemical fertilizers,
and genetically manipulated varieties.  The use of ecological
methods, techniques, and technologies tends to be time and site
specific and thus requires familiarity with and adaptation to local
environmental and biological conditions and cycles. Ecological
agriculture provides an opportunity for the creative integration of
local knowledge systems with disciplined scientific research.

The Aims of the Ecoagriculture Roundtable 
The roundtable is premised on the principle that there now exists a
significant level of expertise on ecological agriculture in the
southern Africa region. The purpose of the roundtable is to bring
together practitioners in government, non-governmental organizations,
private sector firms and researchers  to exchange information and
plan future activities in support of the development of ecological
small holder agriculture in southern Africa.  The roundtable also
seeks to support the strengthening of existing national and regional
ecoagricultural networks.

Roundtable Sessions
The roundtable will be organized into a series of discussions on
critical ecoagricltural topics each combining formal presentations
with open discussion of case materials and participant experiences.

Suggested Topics
Negative Environmental, Health and  Economic Impacts of Conventional 

Soil Management     (Fertility, Tillage,Pest Control, Weed 
                    Control,Moisture Retention, Composting)
Crop Selection      (Grains, Legumes, Root Crops, Vegetables,    
                    Green Manure, Silage)
Livestock Management

Farming Systems

Postharvest Systems  (Processing and storage of products

Commercialization of  products

Energy Supplies     Animal, Solar, Wind, Water, 
               Hydrocarbons -Wood,Petroleum, Methane,  Coal 

Farm Families   Decision Making for Options
               Risk perception of Ecoagricultural Options

Managing Transitions from Conventional to Ecological Agriculture

Support Systems     Government Extension Services, Cooperatives, 
                    Farmers' Associations, Nongovernmental 
                    Organizations, Research Institutes, Networks     

Developmental Aid for Ecological Agriculture

The range of topics to be addressed will be dependent to some degree 
upon the selection of participants and resource persons.

Field Studies
The roundtable sessions will be supplemented with field trips around 

Who is Invited?
The roundtable will welcome two categories of invitees.

Participants will be 30 to 35 mid-career policy analysts, program or
 project planners and managers from government, private firms,
non-governmental organizations who have a working involvement with
small holder farms  and wish to learn more about  ecoagricultural
concepts and practices.  If you would like to attend as a
participant, please contact the ECEP Training Programme Officer at
the address given and request an application form. 

Resource Persons
Resource persons will be analysts, planners, managers and
researchers with a working knowledge of ecoagricultural topics.  
Resources persons will be selected on the basis of their experience
and formal papers offered for presentation.   If you are interested
in attending as a resource person please send a curriculum vitae and
an abstract to the ECEP Training Programme Officer.

ECEP Training Programme Officer
C/O EEU, University of Cape Town
Rondebosch, 7700
South Africa
Tel.           +27-21-650-2987
Tel:           +27-21-689-7489
Fax:           +27-21-689-7490
E-mail:   ecep@enviro.uct.ac.za

Expenses: ECEP will bear all paticipant and resource person expenses 
related to attendance at the

If you have any suggestions please contact me directly at the address 
given below.

John Devlin
John F. Devlin
International Project Coordinator, 
University School of Rural Planning and Development
Assistant Director,   Environmental Capacity Enhancement Project      
Room 016 Johnston Hall, The University of Guelph
E-Mail:   jdevlin@oac.uoguelph.ca
Tel: 519-824-4120  Ext.3773     Fax:519-821-9904