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Agriculture in Africa continues to be an area of major interest to development planners throughout the world, including those within the World Bank. The prolonged economic crises in many African countries, and the deteriorating situation of food security in most parts of the continent, have drawn attention to the important role of the agricultural sector. Many of the structural adjustment programs focus on how to establish the right policy framework which would encourage sustained agricultural growth, thus enabling a turnaround in the national economies. Bank assisted agricultural extension projects are being implemented in some thirty countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Senior officials of the extension and research systems of these countries participated in week-long workshops in January 1993. This report summarizes the deliberations at these workshops. The main issues discussed were: management of extension, technology, training, and extension for special categories of farmers.

Publisher: World Bank

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