In West Africa, there presently exists a large gap between what agricultural research and extension have to offer, and the needs of the majority of small-scale peasant farmers. There seems to be increasing recognition that if this gap is ever to be bridged, peasant farmers must participate much more actively in agricultural research and development. Rather than attempting to solve the problems for the peasant farmer, research and extension services and NGO’s should re-orient their approach so as to help peasant farmers learn to be more effective solving their agricultural problems on their own While the potential of this idea is large, models for operational approaches to strengthen, and institutionalize the peasant farmers' existing capacity to identify, test and adapt new agricultural technologies have yet to be fully developed.
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