|Community Shamba at the International Ecoagriculture Conference 2004|
International Ecoagriculture Conference & Practitioners Fair
The Equator Initiative and Partners hosted the Community Shamba, an innovative learning hub for grassroots ecoagriculture innovators, at the 2004 International Ecoagriculture Conference and Practitioners Fair. The conference aimed to assess the state of ecoagriculture systems and practices, and develop a strategy promoting ecoagriculture development around the world. The Community Shamba (Swahili for Farm) served to assist grassroots innovators to maximize opportunities for knowledge and practices exchange. The community space housed a comprehensive program with workshops for farm/conservation field managers emphasizing the Conference theme Mobilizing Community Ecoagriculture - From local to global. The objectives of the Shamba were to share knowledge among ecoagriculture practitioners and permit the identification of priorities, challenges, and concerns related to community-driven initiatives. Additionally, the forum served as a showcase for other communities and how they might learn and apply the practices and lessons of local ecoagriculture. Finally, the realization of the dialogue among grassroots leaders fostered partnerships with businesses and governments.