Maize in the Mampong-Sekodumasi area of Ghana: results of an exploratory survey

In cooperation with researchers in many national agricultural research programs, CIMMYT has sought to develop procedures which help to focus agricultural research squarely on the needs of farmers. The process involves collaboration of biological scientists and economists to identify the groups of farmers for whom technologies are to be developed, determining their circumstances and problems, screening this information for research opportunities, and then implementing the resulting research program on experiment stations and on the fields of representative farmers. CIMMYT's Economics Program has emphasized developing procedures for the . first stage of this process, through to establishing research opportunities. The evolution of the procedures, now synthesized in a manual "Planning Technologies Appropriate to Farmers: Concepts and Procedures" has been strongly influenced by collaborative research with many national programs and with CIMMYT's wheat and maize training programs. Our efforts with national programs began in 1974 with Zaire's national maize program, then moved to work in Tunisia, Pakistan, and Egypt. The pace of work accelerated notably in 1976 with assignment of regional economists stimulating similar work in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Panama, E1 Salvador, and India. Cooperation with still other national programs is now underway. We believe that the resulting procedures offer cost effective and robust guidelines to national programs. We are now preparing reports that illustrate the implementation of these procedures in various national programs. While not all such work can ·be reported, we take this opportunity to thank all of those who have collaborated with us. This report describes work undertaken with the Ghanaian maize program in an important maize producing region. It emphasizes the exploratory survey -- undertaken by Ghanaian and CIMMYT professionals -- and relates information gathered in the survey to several apparently promising lines of research for improved maize technologies.

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Main Authors: Bruce, K., Byerlee, D., Edmeades, G.O.
Format: Working Paper biblioteca
Published: CIMMYT 1980
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