to help understand the sustainable agriculture in developing
|Name & Internet address
||French language website which explains the rationale
of sustainable development through various aspects (science
and research, environment, social development, economy,
education, production and consumption, agriculture,
||AgriFor is a gateway to resources in agriculture,
food and forestry, plants and natural resources, etc.
It gives access to a wide range of information on a
variety of subjects: law, markets and products, organisations,
education, training, publications, research and research
centres, useful links, etc.
||Swiss website maintained by the Swiss National Science
Foundation. It keeps people informed about the latest
news on biotechnology; its information is based on the
BICS and BATS centres of the Swiss National Science
||DE, EN, FR, but not for all documents
||The European web resources on Agricultural Research
for Development (EARD-Infosys) is a portal supported
by the European Commission allows people to access European
web resources in all areas of research for development
in agriculture, environment and many other related fields.
||French scientific organisation specialising in tropical
agronomy. You will find about its departments and research
programmes, its presence and activitird in France and
French overseas departments and territories, and in
the world. A few webpages are dedicated to the Johannesburg
Summit where the CIRAD will be present.
||FR, EN for some pages
Group on International Agriculture Research (CGIAR)
||CGIAR wishes to contribute to food security and poverty
eradication in developing countries through research,
partnerships, capacity building, and policy support,
promoting sustainable agricultural development based
on the environmentally sound management of natural resources.
Its website presents its research areas, the various
research centres with which it is working (International
Rice Research Institute, International Centre for Research
in Agroforestry, International Centre for Tropical Agriculture,
etc.), and provides information on CGIAR, its publications,
|| 'Community Research and Development Information Service':
it provides information on all research and development
programmes, projects, the latest news, calls for proposals,
etc. Three search facilities are available in the CORDIS
||DE, EN, FR, IT, but mainly in EN
- Energy, environment and sustainable development programme
||The Energy, environment and sustainable development
webpages on CORDIS provide information related to these
aspects of the Fifth Framework Programme for research
(that will end in December 2002).
action 5 projects
||Webpages that present a description of projects selected
under the first four RTD evaluations of key action 5
programme (under the Fifth Framework Programme). An
index by sub-area and an index by country are available.
||This website presents Agriterra initiative which aims
to promote, facilitate and support lasting cooperation
between organisations representing rural people's in
the Netherlands and in developing countries. The website
presents: the members of the initiative, publications
and studies, Agriterra events, and a news service, etc.
||EN, ES, FR, NL
||Website of a not-for-profit organisation specialising
in sustainable solutions for agricultural and environmental
problems. CAB International has three divisions: CABI
Publishing publishes in all fields of agriculture and
related disciplines; CABI Information collects and disseminates
information relating to agriculture, forestry and related
disciplines; CABI Bioscsience integrates four biological
insitutes and aims to build on and enhance their strong
reputations. The website provides information about
CABI, its three principle divisions and their projects.
Useful web resources and CABI products and services
are also available. The site can be searched by keyword
or browsed by subject area.
Commission of Agricultural Engineering (CIGR)
||The CIGR is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation.
The website provides information about CIGR, its organisation,
membership details, aims and activities, and its publications.
It gives online access to the CGIR newsletter, electronic
journal and conference abstracts free of charge. An
events calendar and a collection of relevant web links
are also available. CIGR is also jointly responsible
for the CIGR-FAO Global Network on Agricultural Engineering,
which consists of six email discussion groups lists;
information on how to join these groups is provided.
||ETC-Group is a foundation located in Canada that is
dedicated to the conservation and sustainable advancement
of cultural and ecological diversity and human rights.
ETC-Group's strength is in the research and analysis
of technological information (particularly but not exclusively
plant genetic resources, biotechnologies, and [in general]
biological diversity), and in the development of strategic
options related to the socioeconomic ramifications of
new technologies. Its website presents the organisation
and provides news, publications, reports, etc. on its
programmes and activities.
||EN, some pages in ES and FR
||This website has been created jointly by the NGOs
Greenpeace, Oxfam and ILEIA. They want to demonstrate
how food security and sustainable livelihoods can be
achieved across the world by the use of innovative and
environmentally responsible systems. Through background
information, success stories, and news, it illustrates
how farmers can protect the environment and at the same
time increase food supply. The site aims to encourage
the debate between farmers, scientists, consumers, regulators,
and retailers through Greenpeace website forum on which
everybody can register.
||EN, introduction in DE, EN, ES, FR, IT, PT
Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP)
||IFAP aims to secure the fullest cooperation between
organisations of agricultural producers. It works to
improve the economic and social status of all who live
on the land. The website provides information about
IFAP activities, topical issues agriculture in developing
countries, publications, and a calendar of IFAP events.
||EN, some documents are also in ES and FR
Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
||IFPRI is an organisation based in the United States
which receives its principal funding from government,
private foundations, and international and regional
organisations known as the Consultative Group on International
Agricultural Research. It aims to identify and analyse
alternative national and international strategies and
policies for meeting the food needs of the developing
world on a sustainable basis. The website provides information
on IFPRI research and outreach, classified by country,
themes and divisions. It also gives access to its publications
(some are available in languages other than English),
datasets on households, communities, agricultural sector,
a calendar of forthcoming events, etc.
Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
||IIED is a non-profit organisation promoting sustainable
patterns of world development through collaborative
research, policy studies, networking and knowledge dissemination.
Its website presents the organisation, its activites,
publications, etc. One of its specialist areas is sustainable
agriculture and rural livelihoods.
Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
||The IISD focused on how sustainable development can
be used to improve the economic development and well-being
of all people. It advances policy recommendations on
international trade and investment, economic policy,
climate change, measurement and indicators, natural
resource management, etc. to make development sustainable.
Its website is a source of information on these issues
through articles, features, reporting. There is a section
dedicated to agriculture under natural resources.
||Website of the Sustainable Development Department
(SD) of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
which "serves as a global reference centre for knowledge
and advice on biophysical, biological, socio-economic
and social dimensions of sustainable development". The
SD website provides information on the aims and activities
of its three divisions: Rural Development; Research,
Extension and Training; and Women and Population. The
available information is organised into four categories:
people, institutions, knowledge and environment. The
site can be searched by keyword or by theme.
||EN, ES, FR
of concerned scientists
||Website of an American independent association of
citizens and scientists who want to "build a cleaner,
healthier environment and a safer world". The web pages
provide information, case studies, current recommendations,
FAQ and useful links on issues relating to agriculture,
sustainable agriculture, biotechnology and antiobiotic
Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) - European Policy Office
||The European Policy Office of the WWF presents, among
other, its opinion on agriculture and rural development,
and on development aid. The website also provides information
on its activites and publications on these subjects.
Centre for International Agriculture (ZIL)
||The ZIL's overall mission is "to contribute to the
international research effort to promote sustainable
use of natural resources in agriculture and forestry
in non-OECD countries". The website provides information
on the Centre, its organisation, members, research programmes,
and teaching and training activities. Details of ZIL
news and events, publications, and its fellowship programme
are also provided.
on Science and Technology for Sustainability
||Website on the Forum on Science and Technology for
Sustainability managed by the international Initiative
on Science and Technology for Sustainability. This forum
seeks to facilitate information exchange and discussion
among the growing and diverse group of individuals,
institutions, and networks engaged in the evolving field
of science and technology in support of the joint goals
of a sustainability transition meeting human needs while
preserving the life support systems of the Earth. It
aims to provide access to emerging ideas, relevant activities,
key documents, and websites.
News - Disposable planet?
|| BBC News six-part series on sustainable development.
One of the articles tackles the food issue, and the
dilemma between organic and intensive farming.
News - Africa 'needs GM crops to survive'
||BBC News article which explains the hopes African
scientists put in genetically modified crops to avoid
mass starvation. (14/05/2002)
- Promethean Science: agricultural biotechnology, the
environment and the poor
||This is a PDF version of a report authored by Ismail
Serageldin and Gabrielle J. Persley, produced by CGIAR
in 2000, and published on the Web by the World Bank.
The report focuses on the development of agricultural
biotechnology and the challenges of harnessing that
technology to benefit the world's poor and the environment.
The report covers the challenges facing agricultural
biotechnology, the technologies that are currently available,
practical examples of using those technologies, and
the growing problems of world hunger and how agricultural
biotechnology can help meet world food demands.
||SciDev.Net is a free-access, Internet-based network
devoted to reporting on and discussing those aspects
of modern science and technology that are relevant to
sustainable development and the social and economic
needs of developing countries. The website provides
news, views and information about science, technology
and development. It offers regional gateways to information,
features, useful links, book reviews, opinions, etc.
||ES, FR, Chinese, but mainly in EN
development: definitions and terms
||An American web page which explains and defines the
various elements of sustainable development.
Years of EC scientific cooperation for the transition
||Web version of a Research DG publication which marks
ten years of international scientific and technological
cooperation in support of sustainable and equitable
development. The publication is divided into four areas:
healthy societies, land ecosystems, aquatic ecosystems,
people and institutions.
||This webpage of the French National Centre for Scientific
research provides the brochure 'La Science au service
d'un développement durable' (Science for sustainable
development) in pdf format and a summary in rtf format.
This document groups the recommendations of the French
Commission - Framework for indicators for the economic
and social dimensions of sustainable agriculture and
||A PDF version of a 39-page report published on the
Web in February 2001 by the Agriculture Directorate-General
of the European Union. It provides a framework for indicators
for the economic and social dimensions of sustainable
agriculture and rural development.
- Study report
||Summary of the results of the last FAO study 'World
agriculture: towards 2015/30'.
||EN, ES, FR
- Agriculture, Food and Fisheries
||OECD information and reports on agriculture, food
||OECD information and reports on development, with
various sub-themes of which one is growth and sustainable
development in developing countries.
Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
||Web page of the United Nations Economic Commission
for Africa (ECA) which provides access to the PDF of
a publication Harnessing technologies for sustainable
development. This report focuses on the major challenges
facing Africa in the transition to sustainable development.
||Official UN Earth Summit website. This summit will
take place from 26 August to 4 September 2002 in the
South African city. It provides basic information on
the topical subject of sustainable development, and
practical information on the event, official documents,
||EN, ES, FR, RU, Chinese, Arabic, but not for all the
||FAO' special pages on world summit on sustainable
Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
||IFAD, a specialised agency of the United Nations,
has the mission to enable the rural poor to overcome
their poverty. The website presents its projects and
programmes in the world, its partners, its publications
and official documents, etc.
EU and the World Summit on Sustainable Development
||European Commission website that presents the EC's
preparations for the conference and provides updated
information on the process.
Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
||Website of the United Nations Programme on Environment
that provides information on its activites in various
areas (sustainable consumption, atmosphere, chemicals,
energy, etc.), its regional actions, its publications,
||Agricultural search engine which currently indexes
more than 600,000 webpages and is growing daily.