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Report : project worldwide extension study

Havard M., Dulcire M., Faure G.. 2011. Montpellier : CIRAD, 60 p..

This study of organizations providing agriculture extension and advisory services was carried out in the francophone countries of West and Central Africa (Benin, Burkina-Faso, Chad, Congo (R.D.), Central African Republic, Congo (Republic of), Cameroon, Gabon, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo). The study consisted of identifying organizations providing agriculture extension and advisory services, sending them a cover letter and a survey questionnaire, and then following-up to prompt the completion of the questionnaire. The questionnaires were sent four times to 412 of the 781 organizations that were identified at the following periods in 2011: 11 to 18 February; 4 to 11 March; 7 to 11 April, and 1st to 12 June. On 30 June 2011, 51 of the organizations, which represent 15% of those that were targeted, filled a questionnaire. The rates of answers received vary considerably between the countries. The highest rates were observed in the countries where CIRAD is significantly present, and also countries where the researchers involved in this study have wellestablished relationships with local partners. Some of the respondents (often those at managerial positions) complained about the length of the questionnaire and consequently the time they must mobilise to collect the information. They also raised the fact that they did not fully understand the usefulness of such questionnaire. Such respondents often pointed that IFPRI and FAO are the sole beneficiaries of such work. At this stage of the study, it appears that the use of electronic mailing to conduct the survey has reached its limits. In order to increase the number of responses, it is important if not necessary to assign the collection of information to resources persons within each of the target countries in the form of services providing.

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