Paris, 12 May 2008

EFITA newsletter / 362 / European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

French Agricultural Web TV
See: (See TV News 25 April 2008 where I give an interview)
See: (Promotion by ACTA Informatique of the CAP subsidy management system)
See: (a seminar organised by ACTA Informatique on agritourism within the AgroTour.Net EU project)
See: (a TV channel active during the Paris show of Agriculture)
ACTA Informatique organised on 7 May the 53 th AGRIMMEDIA seminar on Ag Web TV… Our friend Charles BURRIEL gave a talk on Ag Web TV in USA and EU Members too.
Contact: Guy WAKSMAN
E-mail: waksman(a)

Call for applications 3rd round of GenARDIS
Submission Deadline: 2 June 2008
GenARDIS is a Small Grants Fund to address Gender Issues in Information and Communication Technologies for Agricultural and Rural Development in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP Countries).
Round 3 will involve a deeper focus on capacity-building, knowledge-sharing and policy outputs. It aims to sustain and deepen the integration of gender perspectives into rural development and ICT4D initiatives, taking into account developments such as web 2.0 in agriculture and rural development and Free and Open Source Software solutions (FOSS).
The strategic use of ICTs in development initiatives holds tremendous potential for improving rural livelihoods. However, unless gender is consciously addressed in the design and implementation of such initiatives, well-intentioned projects may only exacerbate existing gender issues. This challenge may be attributed to a "digital divide" between women and men that adversely affect women, who make up the majority of the rural poor in developing countries. In recognition of the dilemma between a potentially powerful set of tools - ICTs - and their failure to reach the majority of the poor in ACP countries - rural women - CTA, IDRC, IICD and Hivos invite proposals to the GenARDIS Small Grants Fund to support innovative activities that contribute to the understanding of gender issues in ICTs and to the gender-sensitive application of ICTs in ACP agricultural and rural development.
For more information and the (online) application form (in English and French) please visit:
Contact : Judith VELDHUIZEN
E-mail: jveldhuizen(a)

CTF in forage grass - Workshop
9.-10 June in DK
The program for the 9 and 10 June seminar in Denmark is ready. If interested in grass production I can almost assure two most interesting days among innovative farmers, contractors, researchers and companies supplying dairy farmers.
Contact: Hans Henrik PEDERSEN
E-mail: hhp(a)

RURALpro intensive international training course in Hungary
We are happy to inform you that based on the great success of the RURALpro (European Training Course for Future Professional Trainers of Rural and Regional Development) training course – organised in June 2007 in Mosonmagyaróvár, Hungary –, the 4th international course will be organised between the 6-11th of October 2008 again on the premises of the University of West-Hungary, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences in Mosonmagyaróvár!
If you are engaged in adult education and/or rural development, you are welcome to join the course! Not only the multinational teacher group and former experiences in organising the training course guarantee the high quality and success, but we also try to make the most out of the geographical location and benefit from the closeness of both the Austrian and the Slovakian borders (both in 10 kms distance)!
We would like to inform you that all costs – participation fee, meals and accommodation, travel costs – can be covered from individual Grundtvig grants – please contact your national Grundvig agency for more details on application.
Contact: Judit KÁLDI
E-mail: kaldij(a)

Why men make great Agony Aunts

Walter's Problem Page

Dear Walter:
I hope you can help me here. The other day I set off for work leaving my husband in the house watching the TV as usual. I hadn't gone more than a few hundred yards down the road when my engine conked out and the car shuddered to a halt. I walked back home to get my husband's help.
When I got home I couldn't believe my eyes. He was parading in front of the wardrobe mirror dressed in my underwear and high-heel shoes, and he was wearing my make up. I am 32, my husband is 34 and we have been married for twelve years. When I confronted him, he tried to make out that he had dressed in my lingerie because he couldn't find his own underwear. But when I asked him about the make up, he broke down and admitted that he'd been wearing my clothes for six months. I told him to stop or I would leave him.
He was let go from his job six months ago and he says he has been feeling increasingly depressed and worthless. I love him very much, but ever since I gave him the ultimatum he has become increasingly distant.
I don't feel I can get through to him anymore. Can you please help?
Sincerely, Mrs. Sheila Uisk

Dear Sheila:
A car stalling after being driven a short distance can be caused by a variety of faults with the engine. Start by checking that there is no debris in the fuel line. If it is clear, check the jubilee clips holding the vacuum pipes onto the inlet manifold. If none of these approaches solves the problem, it could be that the fuel pump itself is faulty, causing low delivery pressure to the carburettor float chamber. I hope this helps.

Contact: Mick HARKIN
E-mail: harkin(a)

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