The Latin American Conference on Sustainable Agriculture has been
scheduled for July 21-28 in Coro, Falcon State, Venezuela. The
objective is to report on and evaluate the achievements of
sustainable agriculture in Latin America, organized in five
workshops. Key topics of discussion include ecological management
of pests, certification and commercialization of organic production,
green fertilizers and cultivation practices, biodiversity and food
security, new agricultural extension models, and the preservation of
water basins. Simultaneous translation will be available and field
trips to area farms have been planned for participants. The meeting
will also serve as the third Assembly of the Latin American
Agroecological Movement (MAELA.)
Each representative to the conference will submit a completed
questionnaire describing the status of sustainable agriculture in their
country. This will be edited and made available to the conferees as
well as serve as the basis for a regional evaluation of sustainable
agriculture and food security. Recommendations to the NGO Global
Assembly on Food Security in advance of the Agriculture Ministers
Meeting at the 50th Anniversary of FAO in Quebec in October, 1995
will be submitted.
The conference is being organized by (MAELA) and the Institute for
Production and Research of Tropical Agriculture (IPIAT), Merida, and
is co-sponsored by the governor of Falcon State, the Periodistas
College of Falcon State, Sistema Hidraulico Maticora (Sihima) and the
World Sustainable Agriculture Association.
The cost of the full conference is US$85.00 or US$60.00 for the
workshops only. It is open to all who wish to attend.
Hard copy of the conference brochure in Spanish is available from
the World Sustainable Agriculture Association, 8554 Melrose
Avenue, West Hollywood, California 90069, USA; Tel: (310) 657-
7202; Fax: (310) 657-3884.
For additional information, please contact IPIAT at Apartado Postal
IPIAT, 84. Merida, Venezuela; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Fax: + (68)
520761; (68) 513527; (68) 510834; (68) 528423 or (74) 523779.
Be persistent; they are experiencing difficulties with
telecommunication in the country.