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Supporting small-scale farmers and rural organisations : Learning from experiences in West Africa. A handbook for development operators and local managers

Perret S. (ed.), Mercoiret M.R. (ed.), Burdairon S., Rwelamira J.. 2003. Pretoria : Protea Book House, CIRAD, 320 p..

Rural people are increasingly expected to become the main participants of their own development. However, they seldom have the required knowledge for making sound decisions in such a changing and uncertain context. They lack the skills and self-confidence to make change happen. Their activities and Choices are limited by poor access to most markets; inept local institutions; and lack of external support. This handbook is based on experiences of rural development support at local level in West Africa. It highlights approaches and methodologies that were proven successful. It aims to empower development operators and local managers in defining new roles and approaches to planning, training, experimentation, support of local organisations, extension, natural resource management, gender and financing.

Mots-clés : méthode; aide à la décision; financement; rôle des femmes; gestion des ressources; formation; vulgarisation; planification régionale; développement rural; afrique

Thématique : Economie et politique du développement; Vulgarisation; Organisation, administration et gestion des entreprises ou exploitations agricoles; Conservation de la nature et ressources foncières

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