Globalization presents new challenges to forest business in Guyana. Knowing how to compete in the global market place is increasingly critical to the forest sector's long term prospects. Given the low stocking of valuable species and slow growth rates of Guyana's forest, large, capital intensive logging operations are proving unprofitable. Limited value is being added within country and few jobs are being created as a result.
Under the leadership of the International Programme for Technology and Research in Irrigation and Drainage (IPTRID)/FAO, and as part of the activities of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage-Working Group on Capacity Building, Training and Education (WG–CBTE), a half-day workshop was organized in September 2004 in Moscow. The focus of this workshop was on Capacity Needs Assessment in Agricultural Water Management. The purpose was to develop a suitable methodology to assess capacity needs as a first step towards formulating broad capacity development strategies.
The international community is committed to eliminating poverty. International development targets to that end include a reduction by half in the number of people who are food insecure and a similar reduction in the proportion of people living in extreme poverty by the year 2015.
This document stresses the need to maximize the contribution of protected areas to food security and poverty alleviation through organic agriculture and sustainable forest management.
Science and technology have played a vital role in keeping agricultural production a step ahead of rapid global population growth during the past four decades. However, Green Revolution technologies did not benefit the vast rainfed and other marginal areas with high concentrations of hunger and poverty. The new farming technologies were also not friendly to the environment, often resulting in degradation of land, water and biodiversity.