SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES FROM THE EUROPEAN EXPERIENCE
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CTA. 1997. SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES FROM THE EUROPEAN EXPERIENCE. Spore 71. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The agricultural situation that many developing countries are currently experiencing has similarities to the situation found in Europe after World War II when there was only limited uptake of newly available technologies, despite the fact that food...
The agricultural situation that many developing countries are currently experiencing has similarities to the situation found in Europe after World War II when there was only limited uptake of newly available technologies, despite the fact that food supply was far from secure. Management advisory services were developed from the beginning of the 1950s in response to the needs of agricultural producers at the time. This revitalized advisory services, at least as far as recommending new agricultural methods and technology was concerned. Cost-benefit analysis of new technology and, even more importantly, of management methods, evolved later. These changes led to, farm management advice in England which was characterized by analysis of on-farm agricultural production, and by the introduction in France of management advice specifically relating to the development of agriculture as a business. This type of farm management advice in Europe was intended for farmers who were already technically proficient, who were solvent and who had sufficient capital to be eligible for long-term credit, particularly for inputs and product marketing which was already well organized. This demonstrates that intervention methods must be well adapted to, the realities found in developing countries, to, their needs and their specific difficulties, particularly with regard to overcoming the problems of illiteracy.