Paris, 12 June 2006

EFITA newsletter / 264 / European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Point of view (in Fr-English): Web TV
Thanks to the Leonardo EU project called "e-Business", we had the opportunity to visit NHTV in Breda (NL). NHTV is a technical university dedicated to tourism studies. It was really impressive to see all the students working within small groups with their laptop PCs connected to the web through an internal WiFi network. The university offers to its students to rent video equipments to enable them to create videos that are stored on a server for further dissemination through the web. I had the impression that at least in France, our agricultural advisory organisations are very late to use all these numerical tools.
Contact: Guy WAKSMAN
Email: waksman(a)

Prague declaration / ICT for rural areas
Contact: Karel CHARVAT
Email: charvat(a)

International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR)
The International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR) promotes and supports research in all areas of Organic Agriculture by facilitating global co-operation in research, methodological development, education and knowledge exchange; supporting individual researchers through membership services, publications and events and integrating stakeholders in the research process.

Enhancing rural development through the creation of sustainable food supply chains: Valuable perspective or mission impossible?
SUS-CHAIN is a research project co-financed by the European Commission, which ran from January 2003 to July 2006. The work has been undertaken at times when issues of food quality and sustainable rural development emerged as central concerns in the future development of food, farming and rural areas in Europe. SUS-CHAIN has contributed to this debate by assessing the potential role of food supply chains in the enhancement of sustainable food production and rural development. At the end of the project the SUS-CHAIN consortium would like to present its results to and discuss its conclusions and recommendations with different stakeholders and policy-makers. This will take place on:
Thursday 22 June 2006 from 13.30 – 17.00 hrs at Committee of the Regions, Rue de Belliard 101, Brussels
Contact: Han WISKERKE
Email: henk.oostindie(a)

The "Pesticides Initiative Programme" training programme for developing countries

De gallegos...
El gallego le muestra a un amigo un reloj que le regalaron:
- Mira esto... Mira que reloj me mandó mi primo: da la hora, los minutos, los segundos, la fecha. Tiene alarma, cronómetro, tiene linterna y radio...
- ¡Excelente, Manolo, cuántas cosas!
- Sí, y mi primo me dijo que me podía bañar con él, pero no encuentro el botón para que tire agua...
Contact: Israel KITRON
Email: kitron1(a)

May you always... Live Well.... Laugh Often... Love Much (5)
Hospital regulations require a wheelchair for patients being discharged.
However, while working as a student nurse, I found one elderly gentleman -- already dressed and sitting on the bed with a suitcase at his feet – who insisted he didn't need my help to leave the hospital.
After a chat about rules being rules, he reluctantly let me wheel him to the elevator. On the way down I asked him if his wife was meeting him.
"I don't know," he said.
"She's still upstairs in the bathroom changing out of her hospital gown."

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