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The United Nations has turned the spotlight on desertification by declaring 2006 as the International Year of Deserts and Desertification. The global will to reduce poverty through sustainable development is strengthening, and desertification is increasingly recognized to be a development problem linked closely to poverty. International bodies are ready to help to fund development activities and provide technical assistance. Interest in Africa is particularly keen.

But is there potential for success? The conventional pessimism about the development potential of the African drylands needs to be challenged. This meeting will provoke discussion about the positive potentials of the zone and the extent to which they have “not” been, or on the contrary “are” being achieved. Are there important successes that have been overlooked, instead of being recognized as turning points that could be scaled up for broader impact? If so, how do we make it happen? Are the knowledge and strategies available for scaling up these successes in the drylands of sub-Saharan Africa now?

This Symposium/Workshop will seek to identify solutions to desertification in semi-arid sub-Saharan Africa emerging from research-for-development. Leaders of thought, scientists, development practitioners (from international organizations and civil society organizations), and donors will share scientific knowledge, development experiences, and innovative ideas to illuminate opportunities for reducing poverty while combating land degradation in sub-Saharan Africa’s drylands. Participants will exchange knowledge and experiences to identify the factors determining past successes, discuss how such successes could be scaled up, and strategize how a global research-for-development alliance (Oasis) could contribute to combating desertification in support of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification.
 

Saturday, 23 September 2006  - Venue:  Palais des Congres, Niamey

Morning: Opening Session

Chair: Son Excellence Abdou Labo, Ministre d’ Etat, Ministre d’ Hydraulique, de l’Environnement et de Lutte Contre la Desertification du Niger

Rapporteurs: R. Tabo and D. Fatondji

0900 - 0915

Welcome

Dr Saidou Koala, Director, West and Central Africa and Coordinator, Desert Margins Program, ICRISAT

Ambassador Hama Arba Diallo, Executive Secretary, UNCCD

Dr William Dar, Director General of ICRISAT

0915 - 0945

Address by the Guest of Honor

Professor Firmino Mucavele, Executive Head, NEPAD

0945 - 1000

Opening Address by the Chief Guest

Son Excellence Abdou Labo, Ministre d’ Etat, Ministre d’ Hydraulique, de l’Environnement et de Lutte Contre la Desertification du Niger

1000- 1030

Coffee/tea break and group photo

Keynote Addresses

Chair: L. Samba, Rapporteurs: A. van Rooyen  and T. Abdourahmane
 

1030 - 1100

What Research can Contribute to Drylands

Dr William Dar, Director General, ICRISAT

1100 - 1130

Policy Requirements for Promoting Dryland Development and Combating Desertification

Dr Musa Mbenga, Executive Secretary, CILSS

1130 - 1200

Development Strategies and Implementation of the Convention to Combat Desertification

Ambassador Hama Arba Diallo, Executive Secretary, UNCCD

 


Saturday, 23 September 2006  (cont.)

1200 - 1300

Press Dialogue

Chair: F. Waliyar, Rapporteur: D. Fatondji and A. Niekiema

Discussants:

· Amb. Hama Arba Diallo, UNCCD

· Prof. Firmino Mucavele, NEPAD

· Prof. Musa Mbenga, CILSS

· Dr William  Dar, ICRISAT

1300 - 1430

Lunch

 

Afternoon: Workshop Session I – Sustainable Land Management (SLM) - Understanding Successes and Failures

Chair: A. Bationo, Rapporteurs: A. Ayantunde and Tahirou Abdoulaye

1430 – 1515

Lead Talk: Successful SLM in the Sahel and its Implications for Drylands Development

Dr. Chris Reij, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Dr M. Larwanou (INRAN), Niamey, Niger

1515 – 1530

Coffee/tea break

1530 – 1730

Breakout Groups

Identify the key factors behind SLM successes

Working Group I: Chair : Antoine Kalinganire

Working Group II: Chair: Hassane Saley

1730 1830

Groups Report to Plenary – synthesis of recommendations and adoption by Plenary

 

1930 - 2200

Dinner (hosted by Dr Dar and Amb. Diallo) – Hotel Gaweye


Sunday, 24 September 2006  - Venue:  ICRISAT-Sadore

Morning: Field Visit

0845 1300

 

0845-0945

0945-1015

1015-1115

 

1115-1145

1145-1300

Field Visit

 

Sadore village school African Market Garden

Bioreclamation of Degraded Lands

Demonstration plots (millet, sorghum, groundnut, dual purpose cowpea, integrated nutrient management-fertilizer micro-dosing)
 

Sahelian Eco-Farm (SEF) and Date Palms

Nursery, fruit trees, vegetables

1300 - 1400

Lunch

 

 

Afternoon: Workshop Session II – Scaling Up Sustainable Land Management (SLM)

Chair: S. Koala, Rapporteurs: M. Gandah and K. Kellner

 

1400 – 1445

Lead Talk: Scaling up Sustainable Land Management for Drylands Development

Dr. Mohamed Sessay, UNEP/GEF

1445 – 1500

Coffee/tea break

1500 - 1730 Breakout Groups

Identify the key factors behind upscaling successes

 

Working Group I : Chair: Modibo Sidibe

Working Group II: Chair: Harry Palmier

1730 - 1830 Groups Report to Plenary – synthesis of recommendations and adoption by Plenary

 

1930 - 2200

Dinner (hosted by Dr Saidou Koala) – ICRISAT TVC, Niamey

Monday, 25 September 2006  - Venue:  ICRISAT-Sadore

Morning: Workshop Session III – Contribution of Science and Research to Drylands Development

Chair: M. Winslow, Rapporteurs: S. Ouedraogo and A. Van Rooyen

 

 

0900 – 0920




0920 - 0940

Lead Talks:

How a global research-for-development alliance (Oasis) could contribute to combating desertification – A global perspective

Dr Richard Thomas, Research Program Director, ICARD

A CORAF/WECARD perspective
Dr Dogo Seck, Director of CERAAS

0945 – 1000

Coffee/tea break

1000 – 1200 Breakout Groups

Identify research approaches, priorities and partnerships needed

 

Working Group I: Chair : Bertus Kruger

Working Group II: Chair: Mahamadou Gandah
 

1200 - 1300 Lunch
1300 - 1400 Groups Report to Plenary – synthesis of recommendations and adoption by Plenary

 

Afternoon: Closing Session

Chair: F. Waliyar, Rapporteurs: H. Cheruyiot and A. Soumare

 

1400 - 1500 The Donor Perspective – Panel Discussion: the research needs for investments for drylands development to combat desertification

Panel discussion with comments/questions from audience – B. Shapiro, Moderator

1500 - 1530 Presentation and Adoption of Meeting Declaration:

From Desert to Oasis: a Call to Action – R. Tabo/M. Winslow

Closing remarks

Salisu A. Ingawa – Director, Food Security, Nigeria

Ambassador Hama Arba Diallo, Executive Secretary, UNCCD

Saidou Koala, Director WCA, ICRISAT

 

1530 - 1700

Shopping Expedition