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Evolution of agricultural services in Sub-Saharan Africa - trends and prospects, Volume 1
Author:Venkatesan, V.; Kampen, Jacob; Country:Senegal; Burkina Faso; Congo, Democratic Republic of ; Ghana; Guinea; Tanzania; Africa; Niger;
Date Stored:2002/09/17Document Date:1998/07/31
Document Type:PublicationSubTopics:Agricultural Research; Health Monitoring & Evaluation; Health Economics & Finance; Agricultural Knowledge and Information Systems; ICT Policy and Strategies
ISBN:ISBN 0-8213-4259-2Language:English
Major Sector:Agriculture, fishing, and forestryRegion:Africa
Report Number:WDP390Sub Sectors:(Historic)Agricultural extension
Collection Title:World Bank discussion paper ; no. WDP 390. Africa region seriesVolume No:1

Summary: The paper traces the evolution of World Bank'support to agricultural services, particularly extension and research in Sub-Saharan Africa from the early 1970s to the present. In the early 1970s World Bank'support to agricultural extension and research was part of overall support to rural development and the Bank and other donors supported Integrated Rural Development and Area Development Projects. When these projects did not result either in alleviating rural poverty to the extent envisioned or in promoting sustainable services in their sectoral components, the World Bank began to support national programs in the early 1980s, starting with agricultural extension in Kenya. The paper describes the Bank's experience with the implementation of national programs in agricultural extension and research and how these are evolving to face the problems of development resulting in the World Bank'sector strategy paper Rural Development: From Vision to Action (World Bank 1997, report no. 17388). The paper concludes with the observation that participation of beneficiaries in the design and implementation of programs is critical and will ensure convergence of the national programs toward rural development.

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