Rural Resources Centre (CRR)


Problem that technology is supposed to solve :

This technologies solves this problems :

- Stagnating production and poor livelihoods  

- Low adoption of innovations especially for agroforestry, which is complex and knowledge intensive, but has long-term benefits
- Inefficient dissemination methods

Technical characteristics of the technology :

- Development of skills in various fields for the improvement of agricultural production;
- Access to information on new technologies and innovations, and on markets;
- Liaison with market players, particularly from the private sector;
- Place for the exchange of information between farmers, and between farmers and other stakeholders;
- Acquisition of seeds, seedlings, agricultural inputs.

Economic characteristics of the technology

- Acquisition cost :

Innovative and cost-effective ways of delivering agricultural innovations.

- Economic profitability :

- Innovative and cost-effective ways of delivering agricultural innovations.
- Opportunities for grassroots organizations to manage RRCs and become self-sustaining (RRCs can generate US$7,500-15,000 per year).

- Comparative advantage :

Compared to existing (mostly public run) agricultural extension services, RRCs provide:
- Enhanced access to information (closer to farmers);
- Greater capacity for testing and adaptation of innovations, increasing the relevance of agricultural technologies;
- A basket of innovations and services;
- Mutual learning, encouraged by demonstrations and exchange visits;
- More involvement for women and youths;
- Stronger and more diversified partnerships, allowing enhanced interaction with farmers.

Limits of the technology :

The choice of the lead farmers should be cautious to avoid nonuse of the RRC at the end of project.