Participatory extension in the Pacific

The first ever extension summit for the Pacific, organised by the Secretariat for the Pacific Community (SPC) and its “Development of Sustainable Agriculture” project, was held in Tonga on 21–25 November 2005. Laurens van Veldhuizen of ETC EcoCulture gave a keynote address on institutionalising participatory research and extension. He also made a presentation on modern information and communication technology (ICT) to facilitate international learning in the Prolinnova programme. This was prepared with the support of Dorine Ruter, ICT specialist at ETC. Two representative from the Pacific Islands plan to join the upcoming international Prolinnova workshop to be held in 6–10 March 2006 in Cambodia.