APICA: 18 years of robust service
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CTA. 1998. APICA: 18 years of robust service. Spore 76. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The Association for the Promotion of African Community Initiatives (APICA) is an international association recognised under Swiss law. It was established in 1980 with the objective of supporting development initiatives in rural and urban areas in...
The Association for the Promotion of African Community Initiatives (APICA) is an international association recognised under Swiss law. It was established in 1980 with the objective of supporting development initiatives in rural and urban areas in six countries of central Africa: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon. Its activities are aimed at promoting new technologies, training development workers in community development and management, and supporting the implementation of mini-projects. These activities form part of a programme which emphasises: ? community development in urban and sanitation issues ? support for farmers' activities ? job creation and microenterprise development ? promotion of the interests of women and craftspeople ? information exchange and communication. APICA operates from two offices. The Douala (Cameroon) office covers the countries of west central Africa; the other office, in Sarh (Chad) covers the most westerly countries. Each office provides two support services, one for development another for technology. In addition, there is a documentation centre focusing on development, and a centre for research, extension and technology training. Staff total forty, including one French and one Swiss national. In its eighteen years of operation, APICA has implemented a great many projects, through its 'all-terrain' approach. These include: the design and implementation of a complete line of technology, sold throughout the coastal belt of western and central Africa, for the extraction of palm oil; production of donkey and cattle carts, ploughs and other agricultural implements; and research and development on the processing of agricultural products. The magazine 'Communautés Africaines' is produced by APICA's communication service, based in Douala. It is a medium for the exchange of information, experiences and contacts on development, and has a print-run of up to 4,000 copies. The communication service also produces video materials, and has so far published ten practical manuals as well as other publications. Finally, the service organises various meetings on general development issues. Contact: APICA BP 5946, Douala Akwa, Cameroon Fax: + 237 37 04 05 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.agricta.org/Spore/spore76
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