The contribution of mechanization to sustainable agricultural development
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CTA. 1998. The contribution of mechanization to sustainable agricultural development. Spore 73. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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From 24- 29 November 1997, CTA organized an international seminar in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on the integration of mechanization in sustainable agricultural development policy in sub-Saharan Africa
From 24- 29 November 1997, CTA organized an international seminar in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on the integration of mechanization in sustainable agricultural development policy in sub-Saharan Africa. The seminar was attended by 60 participants from 19 African countries and several European institutions and follows a study on the effects of mechanization in Africa, which has recently been published by CTA. Before the official opening by Burkina Faso's Minister of Agriculture, there was an opportunity for different groups of participants (scientists, extensionists, agricultural equipment manufacturers and suppliers and representatives of farmer associations) to meet for a day and express their own views on what the outcome of the seminar should be. After several presentations, including an historical resumé of agricultural mechanization projects in Burkina Faso, the work of the seminar was grouped into three themes that had been identified by the study: ? mechanization programmes within the context of liberalization ? the place of mechanization in agricultural development ? the role of professional organizations in the mechanization and evolution of rural society. Participants then visited blacksmiths and other artisans making agricultural equipment and also farmers who used this equipment. Visits were made to 18 businesses within the environs of Ouagadougou and the information gathered (usually following discussions in local languages with translation into French and English) served to identify further themes for the the working groups which formed the second part of the seminar proceedings: ? the respective roles of the State and private sector in sustainable mechanization ? action and specific programmes as a function of agro-ecological and socio economic conditions ? the perspective from the point of view of private enterprise. Participants drew up recommendations for the attention of governments, international institutions and donors, private sector and professional organizations of artisans and makers of equipment, support organizations and national and international networks. CTA will bring this information to the attention of the public by publishing a full account of the seminar as well as a summary report.