In promoting rural-based enterprises as the vehicle for the utilization of post production technology and as a means of providing livelihood opportunities in rural communities, manpower training is considered an important requirement to equip project managers and cooperation partners with the skills needed to make informed decisions on the transfer, use and dissemination of technology conducive to sustainable development. Training seminars and field demonstrations are important avenues to elucidate and persuade technology end-users of the benefits and risks involved in the application of certain technologies.
At the second session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), 1994, it was recognized that assessment of needs for capacity building and institutional development related to environmental sound technology could be useful in enhancing its development, deployment and transfer. In order to benefit from the experiences gained from those exercises in a broader context, the CSD encouraged developed and developing countries to jointly conduct case studies on needs assessment at the national level. Such case studies are being planned in a number of developing countries.