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The authors would like to extend their appreciation first of all to the authors of the previously published training materials: Kath Means and Cynthia Josayma, with Eric Nielsen and Vitoon Viriyasakultron. They formed the basis on which this material is built.

Significant contributions to the development of the present guide were made by Peter Castro, Phillip Scott Jones and Kath Means.

Among the many people who were involved in the implementation of the training programme are to be mentioned: Pamela Pozarny from the FAO Regional Office in Accra and the FAO Country Office and Ruby Naa Dagadu for handling the operational and administrative issues; the members of the Advisory Committee for providing advice on running the training programme; the trainers Emmanual Bombande and Joe Tabaazuing; and all the trainees, particularly those who were part of the training material revision workshop: Peter Asibey Bonsu, Emmanuel D. Eledi, Andrew Kuyipwa, Patricia Markwei, James Parker McKeown, Valerie Fumey-Nassah and Samuel Nketiah.

A particular word of appreciation to those trainees who documented their experiences in applying their skills in real-life conflict situations for providing us with analytical material and drawing our attention to the specific challenges posed by collaborative natural resource management.

Many thanks to Jan Johnson, Dominique Reeb and Rebecca Metzner for setting the ideas for this training programme in motion and for providing feedback and advice during the implementation phase.

Thanks also to Jane Shaw for editing the materials and reviewing the proofs, Cecilia Valli for designing the layout and Aldo Di Domenico for preparing the illustrations.


The FAO Livelihood Support Programme (LSP), 2001-2007, supported in part by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), is helping to improve the impact of FAO interventions at the country level through the effective application of sustainable livelihood (SL) approaches.

The LSP evolved from the conviction that FAO could have a greater impact on reducing poverty and food insecurity, if its wealth of talent and experience were integrated into a more flexible and demand-responsive team approach. The LSP aims to increase knowledge of and capacity to apply SL principles and approaches. The LSP works through teams of FAO staff members, who are attracted to specific themes being worked on in a sustainable livelihoods context. These cross-departmental and cross-disciplinary teams, known as sub-programmes, act to integrate sustainable livelihoods principles in FAO's work at headquarters and in the field. These approaches build on experiences within FAO and other development agencies.

For further information on the LSP and the Sub-Programme on Natural Resources Conflict Management, contact:



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