Rural Resource Centres Offer a Farmer-centred Approach to Extension Work


Formal agricultural research has generated vast amounts of knowledge on land management and made recommendations for farmers. However, adoption of relevant practices has been low, largely due to the traditional extension approach used to engage farmers. An innovative approach to extension, the rural resource centre (RRC), offers a solution to this problem.

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has been developing rural resource centres since 2006; first in Cameroon, and later in Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali and Niger.

Forests and Fungi: Mekong Communities Reap the Rewards of a 500 Million-year-old Partnership


Most people would agree that forests are a vital part of a healthy planet: around 1.6 billion people directly depend on forests for their livelihoods, and forest trees help provide us with healthy soils, clean water and even breathable air. The role of fungi is less well known. Yet without fungi, forests would not exist.


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