This presents twenty specially commissioned case studies of farmer participatory approaches to agricultural innovation initiated by NGOs in Africa. Beginning with a broad review of institutional activity at the grassroots, the authors set the case material within the context of NGO relations with the State and their contribution to democratisation and the consolidation of rural civil society. Specific questions are raised: how good/bad are NGOs at promoting technological innovation and addressing constraints to change in present agriculture?; how effective are NGOs at strengthening grassroots organizations? and how do/will donor pressures influence NGOs and their links to the State? This title is part of a series on Non-Governmental Organizations co-ordinated by the Overseas Development Institute. To complete this comprehensive review and critique there are two other regional case study volumes on Asia and Latin America and an overview volume, Reluctant Partners?
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Glossary Acknowledgements Preface 1. Introduction 2. Zimbabwe: Country Overview 3. Government Exprience of Collaboration with NGOs in Agricultural Research and Extension 4. Forestry Commission Links with NGOs in Rural Afforestation 5. Silveira House: Propagation of the Use of Hybrid Seed (1968-83) 6. Enda-Zimbabwe and Community Research 7. The Organisation of Rural Associations for Progress and Grassroots Development 8. Kenya: Country Overview 9. Agricultural Activities of Government and NGOs in Siaya District 10. NGO Involvement in Agricultural Activities in Machakos District 11. Development of Participatory Approaches for Promoting Agroforestry: Collaboration Between The Mazingira Institute, ICRAF, Care-Kenya, KEFRI and the Forestry Department 12. Government Experiences of Collaboration with NGOs in Rural Afforestation. 13. Kenya Energy and Environmental Orgnaisation (1981-90) 14. Zambia: Country Overview 15. The Contribution to Agricultural Technology Development of the Gwembe Valley Agricultural Mission (1985-90) 16. Ghana: Country Overview 17. The Association of Church Development Projects (ACDEP) in Northern Ghana 18. Langbensi Agricultural Station: Experiences of Agricultural Research 19. The Gambia: Country Overview 20. Case Study of the Farmer Innovatation and Technology Testing Programme in the Gambia 21. Catholic Relief Services in the Gambia: Evolution From Agricultural Research to Community-based Experimentation. 22. Senegal: Country Overview 23. Rodale Institute/Rodale International/CRAR Senegal 24. The Senegalese Institute for Agricultural research (ISRA) and the Fatick Region Farmers' Association (ARAF) 25 Conclusions References Figures Tables