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CTA. 2000. Priority setting. Spore 87. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
Permanent link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10568/46841
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It seems that the old adage 'It s not what you know, it s who you know' has been firmly turned inside out and upside down. Nowadays, while some people are still one or more tantalising steps removed from having the basic information they need on...
It seems that the old adage 'It s not what you know, it s who you know' has been firmly turned inside out and upside down. Nowadays, while some people are still one or more tantalising steps removed from having the basic information they need on agriculture and rural development, there is a growing feeling that many others have, at first sight, perhaps too much. The emphasis is coming to lie on being able to select what is important from what is less important, and to manage it efficiently. Here, the complex skill of priority setting can help in raising the quality of agricultural information services, from defining user needs to delivery. Over the last three years, CTA has been steadily refining a methodology for the determination of priority themes for agricultural information, and it recently completed a series of six pilot studies at national level. The studies were undertaken in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Senegal and Zambia. They centred around workshops involving representatives of National Agricultural Systems as well as related non-governmental organisations and rural organisations. As a result, the next phase of this programme will enable other ACP countries to be able to conduct similar exercises, although the issue of their funding remains an item. All in all, a tool is being developed in a participatory and interactive way which will bring about the demise of the other old adage 'You don t know what you want until you know you haven t got it.'