You are invited to participate in the DGroup on underutilized species that will take place from Monday 21 April until Friday 20 May 2008.
A group of more than 200 participants gathered in Arusha 3-7 March 2008 to discuss about the contribution underutilized species can make to better food and nutrition patterns, contribute to income generation and to sustainable development.
From this gathering a series of recommendations were developed to explore opportunities, define the way forward and contribute to an action plan around the following four thematic areas:
What can we do on Underutilized Plants:
Further background on the four thematic areas and more details with regards to the questions we will discuss, will be posted on line when the discussions will commence.
At the end of each week you shall receive weekly summaries of the discussions and a final report that is expected to lead to strong and concrete recommendations we will draw on when advocating amongst research managers, policy and decision makers, for a stronger inclusion of underutilized species in R&D agendas and that we will extensively circulate amongst the members of our mailing lists, made of government representatives, national, regional and international organizations and other stakeholders worldwide.
The link to the DGroup is http://www.dgroups.org/groups/cta/Underutilisedplants2008/index.cfm, you may register from now, post links and documents that will be the basis for our interactions and share your thoughts on how to best lobby in favor of the underutilized species.
We would like this to be an informal space that CTA kindly made available for us to get together and share our passion for these forgotten, neglected, minor, Cinderella, and awesome plant species.
We will appreciate your support in forwarding this invitation to your relevant contacts encouraging them to participate.
Looking forward in meeting you on line for lively and stimulating discussions,