There s always a but
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CTA. 2003. There s always a but. Spore 105. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Food and Agricultural Research Management
After the umpteenth well-intended book on a project s experience, with just as well-intended advice on improving farming, it is a relief to read a set of booklets that also mention the disadvantages andnegative side-effects that some advice has. FARM-Africa (Food and Agricultural Research Management), a British NGO, has been involved in a pastoralist development project in Kenya since 1988 and now it has recorded its experiences in this series, with topics including animal health, micro-enterprise develop-ment, outreach and camels describing the many humps on the way. Obviously, each booklet mentions the project s initiatives, achievements, points for further consideration, lessons learned, but and this is the point they are followed by a BUT or two. Take, for instance, the fact that you can do jolly good things with surplus camel milk, such as condensing it to improve its shelf life. Fine, BUT it is only available seasonally, condensing consumes scarce firewood and an adequate supply of storage containers can be difficult to find. In other instances, it turned out that the project s outreach efforts worked well BUT only wealthier community members, men in particular, were reached. This kind of honesty and self-criticism is not only highly commendable. It is also very instructive for those people who are providing similar services or are planning to write up their own project experiences. Best practices from FARM-Africa s pastoralist development project in Kenya A series of 5 booklets so far: Animal health Microenterprise development Camel husbandry and production Natural resource management The mobile outreach approach GBP 4.50 6.30 (per booklet) GBP 18 25.30 (series) FARM-Africa 9 10 Southampton Place, London WC1A 2EA, UK Fax: +44 20 7430 0460 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org The booklets can be downloaded from the Website: www.farmafrica.org.uk/information/current.htm