CoGent Network

COGENT International Thematic Action Group on Ethnobiology and socioeconomy

Objectives

The main objectives of this ITAG for the next 2 years are:

  • To help and support local stakeholders (men and women farmers, private enterprise, NGOs and CBOs) to become more involved in supplying quality germplasm.
  • To develop an International project as suggested in recommendation 3 of the Steering Committee, and including the following actions:
    1. Assessing farmers’ traditional and botanical knowledge regarding the reproductive biology of the coconut palm and breeding purposes;
    2.  Developing a communication strategy to strengthen farmers’ knowledge regarding coconut reproductive biology and breeding methods, including training tools, video guidelines and media communication;
    3. Conducting a similar survey five years after launching this process, in order to assess the efficiency of the actions undertaken.

Leaders were not identified for the ITAG Communication and the ITAG ethnology and Socioeconomics.

The COGENT secretariat is presently assuming the leadership of the ITAG ethnology and Socio-economics. When an appropriate international team will be constituted, ITAG members will have to designate their leader by consensus or voting process.

 

List of members

Tevita Kete
Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT)
Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)
Fiji
E-mail: tevita.kete@gmail.com

Dr Alexia PRADES
CIRAD - Département PERSYST
Unité Mixte de Recherche "QUALISUD"
France
E-mail: alexia.prades@cirad.fr

Mohammed Ataur Rahman
Director Center for global environment culture (CGEC) and Program on Education for Sustainability
Coordinator, WWOOF Bangladesh
International University of Business Agriculture and Technology
Bangladesh
Email: marahman@iubat.edu

Mike Foale
Honorary Research Consultant
School of Land Crops and Food Sciences
University of Queensland
Australia
Email: m.foale@uq.edu.au

Dr Yancey Orr
Anthropology Lecturer
University of Queensland
Australia
Email: y.orr@uq.edu.au

Dr. Chaminda Shaman Herath
Senior Extensionist
Technology Transfer Division
Coconut Research Institute
Sri Lanka
Email: hmcsherath@yahoo.com

Charles Agwanda
Coordinator (Commodities)
CABI (Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International)
Kenya
Email: c.agwanda@cabi.org

Dr. A. Sakeer Husain
Institutional Coordinator
Kerala Agricultural University
India
Email: sakeerhusain@gmail.com

PK Thampan
President
Tree Crops Development Foundation
India
Email: pkthampan@yahoo.com

Mohammed Rahmatullah
Pro-Vice Chancellor & Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences
University of Development Alternative
Bangladesh
Email: rahamatm@hotmail.com

Dr I M S K Idirisinghe
Head/Agric. Economics Division
Coconut Research Institute
Sri Lanka
Email: sarath658@yahoo.com

Sergio Gongora Gonzalez
Investigador del Programa de Socioeconomía
Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales, Agrícolas y Pecuarias (INIFAP)
Mexico
Email: gongora.sergio@inifap.gob.mx

Richard Musebe
Socio-economist
Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI)
Kenya
Email: r.musebe@cabi.org

 

 

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