|Livestock Research for Rural Development 12 (1) 2000||
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article uses a case study of Burkina Faso to examine the problems involved in
assigning institutional responsibility for livestock production extension, and
the improvised and hybrid solutions that may be adopted at local level. In
Burkina Faso, as in other developing countries, changes in livestock production
systems, especially processes of intensification and crop-livestock integration,
and increasing peri-urban production, create new demands for livestock
production information. However,
the national extension system, designed on Training and Visit lines, does not
assign a role in extension (i.e. information transfer) to the Provincial
Services for Animal Resources. Livestock
production extension is mainly delivered by generalist frontline staff, some
progress has been made in overcoming problems associated with this.
In practice, middle-level livestock specialists are to be found working
in extension in “Pastoral Zones” and enclave projects, and with selected
mixed farmers and peri-urban producers. This
self-selection of clientele and involvement of middle level staff in frontline
extension has negative equity implications which need addressing through
transfer of livestock production techniques to farmers by extension services in
developing countries has been neglected by both policy makers and researchers,
but is likely to become increasingly important for many countries.
An important reason for this neglect has been the marginal position of
livestock production extension between national extension systems directed in
practice towards crop production, and livestock services dominated by animal
health concerns and by vets. This
article uses the case of Burkina Faso, based on a research visit in 1995,
to illustrate the problems involved in assigning institutional
responsibility for livestock production extension, and also the improvised and
hybrid solutions that may be adopted at a local level.
increased demand for livestock production extension in developing countries, and
the reasons for it, have been discussed elsewhere (Morton et al 1997; Morton and
Matthewman 1996, 1998; Matthewman and Morton 1997).
The reasons include: the growing importance of mixed crop-livestock
production for sedentary farmers and sedentarising pastoralists in semi-arid
Africa, itself driven by resource constraints and rising populations; and the
growing opportunities for peri-urban and other intensive livestock production to
feed urban populations in developing countries.
Both these factors mean that large numbers of people are becoming
involved in livestock production who are either not traditional livestock
producers or who are producing under radically changed circumstances. In addition information constraints on livestock production
are becoming increasingly limiting as disease problems are slowly brought under
control. The sorts of information
that can fall under the rubric of livestock production extension are listed by
Morton, Matthewman and Barton (1997 - see also Matthewman and Morton 1997); the
most important is livestock nutrition, including the optimal use of supplements,
but proper housing, information on breeding, and on the processing and marketing
of livestock products are also important, as is maximising the contribution of
livestock to crop production through draught power and conservation of manure.
livestock sub-sector has a uniquely problematic relation to extension services.
It is sufficiently distinct from other agricultural sub-sectors to warrant
separate ministries of livestock in many developing countries, and livestock
departments at the immediate sub-ministerial level virtually everywhere else.
It is also sufficiently integrated with other forms of agricultural
production for there to be a plausible case for its inclusion in agricultural
extension services (the same situation may arise with forestry or soil
conservation, but does not seem so widespread).
The result is an endemic tension between the claims of extension services
and livestock ministries or departments.
tension has not been eased by the widespread adoption of the World
Bank-sponsored Training and Visit (T&V) system. This includes, among other
‘key features’, a ‘single line of command’ by which one national
department ‘should be solely accountable for the operation of the extension
system, notwithstanding the required co-ordination and liaison with other
organizations’ (Benor and Baxter 1984).
examples from other developing countries show how livestock production extension
can be shuffled between ministries or simply neglected.
In Kenya the question has been affected by repeated changes of policy
over the existence of a separate livestock ministry.
The Ministry of Livestock Development and the Ministry of Agriculture
merged in 1984, were separated in 1987 and merged again in 1992.
The National Extension Project Phase I (1983-91) was run by
the Ministry of Agriculture, then by an Agriculture Department within the
combined ministry. There was some extension of livestock production messages,
managed separately both from agricultural extension and animal health services,
but with generally low impact. Under
Phase II extension of crop and livestock production messages is integrated.
In practice most extensionists have a background in crop production, and
a study in 1995 (Barton and Reynolds 1996) found the integration far from
perfect, although considerable progress in fields such as cross-training of crop
and livestock staff has subsequently been made.
India, the well-established state-level extension services run by the Department
of Agriculture have never had a mandate to provide extension on livestock.
Livestock production extension is the responsibility of State Departments
of Animal Husbandry, but these are
dominated by animal health concerns, contain few if any animal productionists,
and commit under 10% of their budgets to information delivery (Matthewman and
Ashley 1995, see also Matthewman, Ashley and Morton 1997).
Faso is a poor, landlocked country lying in the semi-arid and sub-humid zones of
the West African Sahel. Livestock
numbers are estimated at 4.2 million cattle, and 12.5 million sheep and goats,
and livestock production contributes 28 percent of agricultural GNP and 12
percent of total GNP (FAO 1995).
north of the country, with low and unreliable rain, is dominated by mobile
pastoralism, associated mainly with the Fulani ethnic group.
Zebu cattle are the most important livestock species, and milk (for
consumption and sale) is the main production objective.
Male cattle are reared until mature but are destined for sale, mainly for
direct slaughter although an increasing number are sold to cultivators from
further south, as draught oxen or for fattening. The essentials of this system
are mobility in search of grazing and water, and the constant battle to match
herd numbers and family needs to resource availability.
and other pastoralists have been settling and starting to cultivate over a long
period in various parts of Burkina Faso, including the relatively favoured areas
of the south and centre which they formerly only visited as dry season refuges.
Pastoralists settle either as a result of direct impoverishment, or from
a desire to establish, through cultivation, use-rights to land
before others do. In such
areas they are "strangers" with no historical land rights, and are
subject to the authority of the nominal owner of the land, of the village
headman and of the local chief.
most of the centre and south of the country rainfed farming of a mixture of
crops is the dominant agricultural system.
Individual land holdings are small, cultivation is almost entirely by
hand and few inputs are used. Risk-reducing strategies include the growing of a
range of annual cereals, traditional vegetables and some perennials. Smallholders, of several ethnic groups, have traditionally
kept only small numbers of sheep and a few goats, with a few individuals keeping
cattle and horses (Bourzat and Wilson 1989).
Small stock, especially sheep, are important for many social and ritual
purposes and as a form of savings that can be converted to cash at short notice.
Some small-scale fattening has been practiced, probably over many
are important in this system. Little
management is provided and birds are expected to scavenge for feed and water.
Chickens are kept mainly for meat and are also important in ritual and
social practices. Guinea fowl are
kept for egg production and eggs are regularly sold to provide small amounts of
southern part of the country is infested with tsetse fly.
The trypanosomosis risk has been an important factor in the historically
low levels of livestock production. Clearing
of land for cultivation helps to reduce tsetse challenge and this coupled with
new environmentally-friendly methods of control plus the strategic use of
trypanocidal drugs opens up the possibilities for more intensive animal
has always been some conflict between the pastoral and mixed farming systems.
This mainly consisted of transhumant Fulani grazing their herds on crop
residues, stubble and fallows during the dry season and having access to water
from shallow wells. The return for
the mixed farmers was the manure deposited on their fields, but there was also
conflict as Fulani stock trespassed on crops during the growing season and
seems likely that conflictual aspects have become more important in recent
years. Population pressure and the
new markets created by urbanisation have caused an increase in land under
cultivation, at the expense of
grazing land. In some areas the
adoption of animal traction has allowed greater areas to be cultivated per
farmer, and also created a need for fodder or grazing for the draught animals.
Farmers have also increased their livestock holdings as insurance against
drought, as a form of investment for the proceeds of cash cropping, and because
some were able to profit from low livestock prices during the droughts of the
1970s and 1980s. As pastoralists have simultaneously been settling and
starting to cultivate, old complementarities have increasingly been replaced by
competition (see, among other sources, Spiers and Olsen 1992, and Zuppan 1994).
livestock systems are emerging rapidly, especially in and near the main urban
centres. These enterprises are
being created in part as a response to devaluation of the CFA Franc in 1994 and
the concurrent removal of export subsidies on meat by the European Union, which
jointly had the effect of restoring the natural comparative advantage of the
Sahel countries as producers of cheap livestock products. They are also being created in part as a result of
retirements of state employees as part of the structural adjustment programme.
is thus a coincidence of a class of people with money, education and
entrepreneurship, with an opportunity to turn these assets to productive
enterprise. In addition to
large-scale poultry production, the main enterprises being developed are
peri-urban milk production, beef feedlots and sheep fattening.
are of course differences of scale, and differences in competence and success
are already beginning to appear. Dairy
enterprises range from a few cows and calves of local breeds which barely
provide a living to larger and more efficient enterprises that use exotic
breeds. The smaller enterprises are
usually under-capitalised and have little or no security with which to secure a
loan. There are frequent
interruptions in the feed supply, especially of good quality roughage,
concentrates and agro-industrial by-products.
Larger dairy producers are doing better, actively seeking out and
creating markets. Some actively
select animals on pedigree and performance with or without the assistance of the
feedlots are a common new enterprise type.
Holding sizes vary from a few to as many as 200 head. Animals are bought
singly or as small lots from a nearer or farther market, usually in poor
condition, penned for part of the
day and fed concentrates and a mineral supplement, even if this is only salt. The rest of the day the animals go out to open grazing.
Modern telecommunications and contacts in the main coastal consuming
centres give accurate and current information on market prices.
Few if any of this class of owner can weigh his animals or has any idea
of daily rates of gain, but weight may not be the main source of benefit.
It is often easier to take advantage of open access resources to provide
basic feed for the animals, get veterinary and husbandry advice at little cost
and wait for market forces to push up the price of stock and then take a profit.
sheep-fattening enterprises are a development of a traditional system.
These are generally smaller enterprises than cattle operations and
operate with slightly higher risks due to the greater susceptibility of sheep to
disease. Profits can also be high for this enterprise based on high seasonal
demand around the main Muslim festivals and a lower but more stable demand for
animals for traditional social occasions.
production systems in Burkina Faso are therefore generating new needs for
information among livestock producers. Processes
of intensification and crop-livestock integration generate needs for information
among both existing mixed farmers and former pastoralists on: the cultivation of
fodder crops; the storage of fodder crops and natural hay; the optimum use of
manure; the husbandry of animals kept in permanent confinement and therefore “zero-grazed”:
and animal traction. New commercial
systems require information on: breeding and husbandry of new or exotic genetic
resources; fertility; use of concentrates; hygienic collection, storage and
marketing of milk; and marketing of livestock and livestock products.
structure of agricultural services in Burkina Faso is complex. The national
Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources is made up on the one hand of the
twelve Regional Centres for Agro-Pastoral Production (CRPA), each covering
between one and three provinces, and primarily responsible for delivering
services, and on the other hand of a number of central Directorates, both
administrative and advisory.
central Directorates specifically relevant to livestock are:
Directorate for Organising the Traditional Livestock Industry (DOET),
responsible for the planning and management of pastoral zones, both in the more
arid north and as enclaves in the south, and the organisation of traditional
Directorate for Livestock Production and Industries (DPIA),
which has services dealing with livestock development in general, with
poultry and small livestock and with the processing and marketing of animal
Directorate for Animal Health (DSA) which is responsible for preventive and
curative health services to livestock.
other relevant Directorate at national level is the Directorate for Agricultural
Extension (DVA) which is the main implementing agency for the World Bank-funded
Agricultural Support Services Project (PRSAP).
PRSAP represented an evolution in World Bank support to Burkina Faso from
area-based projects operational between 1981 and 1989 (see World Bank 1991)
which in turn succeeded commodity-specific projects on cotton. During this period, and especially after 1985, the Bank was
“increasingly explicitly .....promoting the T&V system” (Bindlish et al
1993). In 1986 the Government
introduced its Pilot Programme for Strengthening Agricultural Extension.
A modified form of the Training and Visit System was adopted nationally
important modification to the accepted T&V model was that extension agents
dealt with groups rather than contact farmers.
The proliferation of various forms of formalised village or farmer groups
has been a feature of development in French-speaking Africa (see Mercoiret 1995)
and Burkina Faso has been foremost in this trend.
Reasons for this include the general interest in regulating rural
affairs, epitomised in the pervasive concept of 'encadrement',
the revolutionary politics of the Sankara government of 1983-1987 (see Otayek
1989), and the adoption of 'gestion de terroir' as a national strategy in
1986 (see Engberg-Pedersen 1995).
For this reason 'groupements villageois'
and 'groupements d'éleveurs' are important features of many projects and
the smaller 'groups de travail' are the major channel for transmission of
extension messages. Bindlish et al.
(1993) report that 27% of farmers are members of 'groupes de travail'.
objectives of PRSAP (see World Bank 1988) are:
to improve the effectiveness and impact of agricultural and livestock extension
services, in transferring technology to farmers;
to strengthen animal health services and adaptive research programmes;
to provide functional literacy training to farmers, thereby enhancing their
ability to participate more directly in technology generation and dissemination.
these ends the project has three main components; agricultural extension,
livestock services and functional literacy.
Project was designed to strengthen the nascent extension services in the CRPAs
extra staff to allow for implementation of a strictly timetabled T&V
system dealing with crop and livestock production, and village resource
management in general;
adaptive research units and stations
audio-visual resource units
assorted training activities;
Project was to:
recruit high-level staff, and provide other strengthening at the central level, for the DPIA;
or rehabilitate, and equip, a number of livestock posts, vaccination pens
infrastructure of the National Veterinary Laboratory;
additional staff and infrastructure for ONAVET (the National Veterinary
should be noted here that DPIA was not to receive any funds for extension, in
the sense of information delivery: all extension was seen as the operational
responsibility of the CPRAs, with supervision by DVA.
Project was to rehabilitate and/or equip training centres for young farmers, to
provide some assistance to the Ministry of Rural Co-operative Action at national
level, and to provide functional literacy material to newly literate rural
people and young farmers.
each province there is a SPA (Provincial Service for Agriculture), a SPRA
(Provincial Service for Animal Resources) and a SPOFPP
(Provincial Service for the Organisation of the Professional Training of
Producers). The Head of each of these services reports directly to the Director
of the CPRA.
Province is divided into zones, usually between 5 and 10.
Each zone is known as a Zone d’Encadrement de l’Agriculture (ZEA) and
a Zone d’Encadrement de l’Élevage (ZEE) for crop and livestock related
activities respectively. For each
activity there is a Chief of Zone, reporting to the relevant provincial service.
For crop-related activities each zone is divided into Unités d’Encadrement
de l’Agriculture (UEA), usually four or five, each consisting of six to twelve
villages. For livestock purposes
such subdivision is rare: only around ten ZEE are divided this way, into 44
Unités d’Encadrement de l’Elevage (UEE), compared to over 800 UEA
PRSAP it is the DVA at the national level, and the SPAs at the provincial level,
which are responsible for agricultural extension, including extension of animal
production messages. This feature
of PRSAP is reinforced by the relative absence of frontline workers with
livestock training or orientation. For
the great majority of the country, livestock extension is delivered, if at all,
through a generalist, and in practice crop-based, extension system.
Unité d’Encadrement de l’Agriculture has a frontline extension worker known
as the Agent Vulgarisateur de Base (AVB), or Chief of UEA.
Extension themes are decided at the beginning of each season by the CRPA.
Until 1994-95 this was done on the basis of informal feedback on producer
needs through the extension system, especially as based on end of season
meetings between frontline agents and village groups.
Between the 1994 and the 1995 seasons a more systematic
information-gathering and diagnostic exercise, using relatively open
questionnaires, was introduced.
is standard for Training and Visit systems, Subject Matter Specialists (SMSs)
form part of the extension set-up, generally one per province in Animal
Production, Crop Production and Rural Organization, and one per CRPA in Soil
are trained in research findings on these themes at monthly meetings of
two or three days held at the major research stations throughout the country.
SMSs and researchers work together on research themes and on establishing
one-page "fiches techniques" that result on the one side from
identification of farmers' problems and on the other from solutions to these
problems found by research.
Subject Matter Specialists jointly conduct the training of all Chiefs of UEAs,
in principle every fortnight but in many areas only once a month. The programme follows the calendar established by the
CRPA, but SMSs can respond also, on the spot or one session later, to questions
and concerns voiced by frontline agents.
programme for the CRPA Centre-Sud in 1995 contained, for most months, one theme
in crop production, one in livestock production and one in farmer organisation.
The themes in livestock production were as follows:
of timely vaccination
of internal and external parasites, feed hygiene
and storage of natural fodder
of crop residues
treatment of straw
of agro-industrial by-products
for animals in fattening
and Unité staff who have a livestock training are usually middle level or
junior staff whose rankings in the service are Assistant d'Elevage or Agent
Technique d'Elevage. Formal
educational qualifications for these people are respectively Baccalaureat plus
two years specialised training, and Secondary school plus two years training.
Agricultural extension workers have similar educational levels at similar
grades but no specialisation in livestock.
Chiefs of ZEEs, who report to the Directors of the SPRAs, have a number of
functions: inspection of meat on sale at local markets, curative and
preventative veterinary work, and livestock extension.
None of these functions is officially supported by PRSAP.
In fact the role of the Chiefs of ZEEs in livestock extension was not
foreseen in the PRSAP Appraisal Report, which assumes a unified crop-livestock
extension service but is distinctly inexplicit on the methods and structures for
livestock extension (see also Compaoré 1994). However, some government
documents imply that ideally there should be an alternative model of a national
network of UEEs and livestock-specialised extension workers, working in parallel
to the UEAs, a model whose implementation has been temporarily delayed due to
lack of resources. Such a model, in
the authors' view, has virtually no chance of ever being implemented.
Indeed the latest indications are that government and donors are
considering greater, not lesser, integration of agriculture and livestock
services at a zonal level.
response to this situation which appears to marginalise livestock production
extension and livestock production specialists within the extension system,
there are trends which allow livestock specialists an increased role in
extension, but not necessarily in any way planned at a national or even a local
level. The three trends that can be distinguished are:
the growth of enclave projects focused on pastoral or agropastoral areas;
the self-assignment of an extension role by Chiefs of UEEs; and the
involvement of livestock production specialists in peri-urban livestock
certain designated Pastoral Zones in the centre and south of the country, where
pastoralists previously using the areas at the southern limit of their annual
migration have been encouraged to settle, and in the whole of the semi-arid Soum
province in the north, the SPRAs take the lead in organising extension,
supported by various donors. While
the areas themselves and the approaches to extension differ, certain common
features distinguish these projects from the mainstream extension system.
the SPRAs are able to field a full complement of livestock-specialist staff down
to unité level with high extensionist:household ratios.
Secondly, information-delivery is integrated with other services; milk
treatment and marketing, group formation, credit, input supply and literacy
training. Thirdly, approaches to extension are more imaginative, with a
greater stress on audio-visual techniques, and in particular, much
greater use of volunteer auxiliaries from among the herders.
Outside designated Pastoral Zones, Chiefs of ZEEs have considerable authority to commit their own time to direct interaction with more specialised livestock producers, while allowing animal production messages to be passed to 'ordinary' mixed farmers through the general extension system, which they represent as “having to work through” the crop-trained AVBs. They can exercise this authority by working with: pure pastoralists living within agricultural areas and mixed farmers they feel to be particularly receptive to livestock development. An attempt to represent an institutional set-up that has evolved spontaneously in many areas because of the ambiguities of PRSAP on livestock extension is shown in Figure 1.
example of selective work with mixed farmers was seen at Togtenga near Koupela.
The Chief of ZEE is nominally responsible for over 40 villages but has chosen to
concentrate his activities on 13 'groupements' in 7 villages and Koupela town.
Toktenga is a village of sedentary mixed farmers who have been expanding
their traditional sheep fattening system over recent years.
The Chief of ZEE had been active in promoting the mowing of natural hay,
the cultivation of dolichos as fodder,
and the construction of hay barns. There
appeared to be high adoption rates of these technologies, despite the very
labour intensive design of adobe hay barn proposed.
commitment of extension effort to successful peri-urban producers by
intermediate level livestock staff is visible in many areas.
The opportunities for lucrative urban fattening enterprises, particularly
following devaluation, have already been discussed.
In Pouytenga, site of a very large livestock market which attracts buyers
and sellers from neighbouring countries, and Koupela, the nearby provincial
capital, there are large numbers of such fattening enterprises.
The larger, more export-oriented enterprises (some at least run by
retired civil servants) have organised themselves into groups which are
recognised by, and receive support from ONAC (the National Office of External
Trade) as well as from the SPRA. ONAC assists them in the business of exporting or making
contacts with importers from the coastal countries, and has even sent some
members to neighbouring countries for seminars.
A group member may receive something like four or five working days of
attention from the Chief of the ZEE every quarter:
two or three days formal training in a sub-group of around fifty,
individual visits, and the attendance of the Chief of the ZEE at group business
meetings. The individual visits may
include veterinary care, girth measurement as a proxy for monitoring weight, and
advice on the best use of agro-industrial products and salt licks.
Elsewhere, the authors interviewed individual fatteners of sheep and
cattle, who obviously had constant access to the Chief of the ZEE for veterinary
care and extension advice, although this clearly does not necessarily result in
a particularly improved operation.
urban and peri-urban Ouagadougou, a similar pattern was observed with larger
dairy producers. In one case, a
dairy farmer who was improving his stock by buying exotic breeds had been
assisted by the Chief of the ZEE with a ten page farm management plan for a five
year period, complete with financial projections. By contrast,
a woman with a few cattle,
in an area that had recently been absorbed by urban Ouagadougou, had no regular
contact with the extension service. Any
advice she did get was evidently inappropriate to her situation:
she had no access to land to cultivate fodder, and no access to credit to
start improving her enterprise with the use of agro-industrial by-products and
improved premises. She felt she 'irritated' the SPRA.
is evident that Chiefs of ZEEs and other livestock staff in peri-urban areas
have considerable discretion to programme their own time.
A combination of the attractiveness of working with successful producers,
kinship networks and other forms of patronage lead them to work
disproportionately with the wealthier and better connected individuals and
fattening in particular is a very productive sub-sector of the economy,
especially following devaluation and the end of subsidised EU beef exports, and
there are benefits to the country as a whole in ensuring a flow of information
on best practices to urban producers. Extension
support to individual peri-urban producers is therefore worthwhile.
However, where these are also the relatively wealthy there are strong
equity arguments for charging them for extension as soon as possible (Morton,
Matthewman and Barton 1997). There
are complex issues around cost-recovery in extension but in this case equity
arguments are not countered by so-called “free-rider” arguments.
Extension to peri-urban producers is very largely of an enterprise
development nature, tailored to individual producers, who can expect to capture
all its benefits and therefore meet its entire costs.
categorisation of the institutions that deliver or could deliver livestock
production extension into crop-based, animal health-based and free-standing
systems (Morton, Matthewman and Barton 1997, Matthewman and Morton 1997) is a
useful starting point for considering the issues related to this
under-researched topic. It is not
easy, however, to categorise the Burkinabé system in this way, even without
considering the NGOs and special projects that have not been considered here
(see Morton and Wilson 1995, Morton, Matthewman and Barton 1997).
Most animal production extension is given by generalist, in other words
crop-based, extension workers. Extension
given by livestock-specialised staff, who also have animal health duties, is
given in particular niches of the crop-based system.
These niches seem to have evolved spontaneously at a local level, in
response to the inadequate or ambiguous messages coming from extension planners
about who can perform livestock production extension, and what role
livestock-specialist staff can have.
the Burkinabé system is difficult to categorise, and subject to institutional
drifts and confusions, it is not necessarily failing to deliver livestock
production information. It was
difficult to draw conclusions about the efficacy of the system overall, as the
mosaic of “normal” crop-based extension, the independent activities of
livestock staff and special projects meant that extensionist:household ratios,
qualifications of frontline staff and frequency of contact varied wildly.
Many of the rural farmers and herders interviewed by the authors
expressed a general contentment with the extension services, and the changes
brought about in their production. In some cases generalist frontline workers
were effectively delivering livestock production messages, at least to some
farmers. In general, group-based
approaches to extension appeared to be working well.
The efficacy of the national system as regards crop-based messages has
been demonstrated by Bindlish et al (1993).
However, the same study highlighted information on animal production as
an important unmet need of producers.
1995, there were further signs of progress.
Extension calendars were relatively flexible and producers could have
their problems addressed within a short timescale; extension calendars were
being set at progressively lower levels of the structure, so were more
geographically adaptive; and there was a systematic attempt to identify
producers’ needs. In this way the
system was beginning to avoid some of the problems associated with Training and
Visit systems and the delivery of livestock production information within them
(Morton, Matthewman and Barton 1997). There
was clearly a continuing need for additional training of frontline staff with a
crops background in livestock extension. The other major problem in delivery of messages lay with an
emphasis on extension worker monologue and a lack of development of audio-visual
or other media. More fundamental
problems, that are discussed elsewhere (Morton and Wilson 1995, Morton,
Matthewman and Barton 1997) lie in the supply of appropriate livestock
production messages, in other words in the research system and in
The Burkinabé case is an illustration of the possible unintended consequences of delivering livestock production extension through a crop-based, T&V system. One of those unintended consequences is a negative impact on the equity of extension delivery. Middle-ranking livestock specialists are largely able within the system to choose their own target groups. As these are frequently “progressive” farmers, who in turn tend to be better-connected and better-resourced, there are potentially serious consequences for equity unless balanced by cost-recovery measures. However, for the mass of rural producers we see the system as illustrating some of the opportunities presented by livestock production extension through a national, crops-based system.
The research on which this article was based was funded by the Natural Resources Policy Research Programme of the UK Overseas Development Administration (now the Department for International Development) and by the World Bank. The authors would like to thank staff of various government departments, donors and NGOs for their assistance: views expressed remain the responsibility of the authors alone.
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 A term difficult to translate, with connotations of training, supervision and group formation - “putting within a framework”.
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