Can community-based organisations deliver adequate agricultural information to farmers? Evidence from rural resources centres in Cameroon

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Essougong U P K ,  
Fouepe G F , Degrande A
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Can community-based organisations deliver adequate agricultural information to farmers? Evidence from rural resources centres in Cameroon

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Rural Resources Centres (RRCs) managed by community-based organisations, where farmers come together fortraining and demonstration, have been an innovative extension approach in Cameroon since 2006. This paperdescribes information flow in RRCs and farmers' assessment of RRCs as information sources. All the RRCs inCameroon were studied and 29 group interviews, involving 118 producers and 7 individual interviews with RRCmanagers, were performed. RRCs share information with several stakeholders including farmers, researchinstitutions, and educational and religious institutions; and interpersonal channels are commonly used. Farmersand agricultural extension workers are the most important sources of information for RRCs. Farmers rank RRCsas their second best sources of information after fellow farmers. On average, each year, RRCs organise at least 40training sessions for about 1777 participants. The themes are mainly agroforestry (29%), marketing (20%), groupdynamics (20%) and post-harvest techniques (11%). The issue of funding the activities of the RRCs needs to beaddressed, they need to be better structured, and their human resources increased and strengthened.