Agricultural Extension in Africa (World Bank Discussion by Aruna Bagchee

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Bindlish and Gbetibou, suggest that such an expectation would be justified. Economic Evaluation of T&V Extension The results of the evaluations show that T&V has worked well in Kenya and Burkina Faso. It works both in terms of producing a high return on investments, and in terms of benefiting a large number of people. For both Kenya and Burkina Faso, the evaluations were based on data from random sample surveys of farmers representative of the entire farming population. For Kenya, the sample consisted of 676 farmers, while for Burkina Faso it was much larger and consisted of 3,600 farmers.

African agriculture constantly needs new technology. The priority given to agricultural research by the Bank is borne out by the Special Program for African Agricultural Research (SPAAR) initiative. Mr. Jaycox also confirmed that World Bank involvement in agricultural extension was a long term commitment. He hoped that national governments would also show a similar commitment to agricultural research and extension through enhanced allocations of financial resources. Strategy for Agricultural Development The importance of agriculture to the African economies was further developed in the paper 7 presented by Mr.

The LTPS analysis concluded that African economies needed to grow by at least 4 to 5 percent a year if hunger was to be averted and productive jobs and rising incomes secured for growing populations. Since the primary source of this development can only be agricultural production, the agricultural growth rate in these countries would also have to be 4 percent per annum. This is not going to be an easy task. In order to reach the required growth rate in agriculture, the policy environments in each of the sub-sectors need to be carefully examined: from input supplies to marketing to the dissemination of new production technologies to farmers.

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