Management advice for family farms : an extension process to help farmers of North Cameroon meet up challenges of professionalization

Djamen Nana Patrice, Havard Michel. 2003. Management advice for family farms : an extension process to help farmers of North Cameroon meet up challenges of professionalization. In : Farming and rural systems research and extension : local identities and globalisation. Cristovao Artur (ed.), Omodei Zorini Luigi (ed.). IFSA. Rome : Agenzia Regionale per lo Sviluppo e l'Innovazione nel settore Agricolo e forestale, pp. 585-593. European IFSA Symposium. 4, Florence, Italie, 8 April 2002/11 April 2002.

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Abstract : In North Cameroon, the existing agricultural extension approach failed to consider the farm unit as a whole. Their focus was on the extension of new production techniques, paying less attention to the management pattern of these farms. With the current trend to a liberal economy, farmers whose management practices are still rudimentary, are called upon to move towards a more professional attitude in view of improving the efficiency of their farm exploitation. There is therefore a need to complement extension approach. This concern has led to the elaboration and implementation of a smooth and progressive Management Advise for Family Farms (MAFF) process. MAFF was designed and tested since 1998 by the Institute of Research for Agricultural Development (IRAD) within the frame work of the "Pôle Régional de Recherche Appliquée au Développement des Savanes d'Afrique Centrale (PRASAC)" and collaboration of the "Projet Développement Paysannal et Gestion de Terroir (DPGT)". Aimed at strengthening the farmer's decision making capacity, it moves from training on basic management (Year I) to an individual advise (Year III) through technico - economic analyses (Year II). During the first two years, farmers have been trained to diagnosis and basic management. Also, some extension and experimentation operations were carried out. Preliminary results show an improvement in farmers' behaviour who are progressively integrating measure, quantification and forecasting in their practices. As implemented, MAFF appears as a process to introduce farmers to the management cycle. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Gestion de l'exploitation agricole, Prise de décision, Exploitation agricole familiale

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Cameroun

Mots-clés complémentaires : Conseil de gestion

Mots-clés géographiques complémentaires : Cameroun nord

Classification Agris : E20 - Organization, administration and management of agricultural enterprises or farms

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