Day 3 - Monday, September 27, 2004
The International Ecoagriculture Conference opened officially at 9:00 with a blessing by Donato Bumacas of the Philippines and remarks by Dennis Garrity, Director General of ICRAF, and Sara Scherr, Director Ecosystem Services Forest Trends.
The opening was followed by presentations from participants engaged directly in ecoagriculture initiatives² Andreas Freazac from Panama (Talamanca Initiative) on forest conservation and organic farming, Francis Chacu Ganya from Kenya (PISP) on the intersection of pastoralism and agriculture, and Rajendra Singh from India (Tarun Bharat Sangh) on traditional knowledge and practices for conservation and agriculture.
Participants then broke into ten Farmer Working Groups to discuss the specific ecosystems, climates, and farming systems/methods. They returned for the final session of the day in plenary to report their findings and discussions. Leading this plenary session was Gladman Chibememe, of Zimbabwe, who presented the key values/principles, actionable initiatives, and policy recommendations that were distilled during the 2-day preconference Shamba workshop.
The day ended with a full conference reception in the Community Shamba, with a performance by local drumming groups.