Lift up your hearts
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CTA. 2000. Lift up your hearts. Spore 86. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
Permanent link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10568/46763
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Institutions and the African Farmer. Issues in Agriculture 14. C Eicher. CGIAR. 60 pp. 1999. Free of charge. CGIAR 1818 H St NW, Washington, DC 20433, USA. Fax: +1 202 473 8110 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
A lively read, this reprint of a 1999 lecture to the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center CIMMYT is a breathless overview of the continuing failure of agricultural institutions and agricultural practice in Africa to mesh together. We visit the obligatory Afro-pessimism and nostalgia for the good old 1960s when Africa was a net exporter of food; we learn lessons from the causes of Africa s empty harvest, such as poor long-term strategies; we recall the imperative of capacity building in a knowledge triangle linking teaching, research, and extension; and finally we confront the institutions with the challenge to reform themselves and be nearer rural reality. Institutions and the African Farmer is one of those rare books that 'talks': you can almost hear the author s voice, begging your questions, challenging your ideas, yearning for a dialogue and the courage to be open. Just as he is. Institutions and the African Farmer. Issues in Agriculture 14. C Eicher. CGIAR. 60 pp. 1999. Free of charge. CGIAR 1818 H St NW, Washington, DC 20433, USA. Fax: +1 202 473 8110 Email email@example.com