Simple agroforestry manuals and a CD-ROM help non-literate farmers. Validated RNRRS Output.


This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS) programmes.

Summary for Project title: R6072: Visual training manuals for women in West Africa: Developing an agroforestry training tool.

A series of eight, simple agroforestry manuals, with a CD-ROM of all illustrations, was produced in The Gambia using inputs from local government, NGOs and a large number of women farmers. This responds to the need to disseminate key agricultural development information that can be understood by non-literate farmers. The publications were tested in The Gambia and Ghana. There are about 800 million illiterate adults in the world, the bulk of them in the poorest countries, with limited access to information that could help to cut poverty and boost economic growth. A training handbook on the methods used to produce this type of manual is available, and the individual manuals are already being used by national and international NGOs from Africa and Southeast Asia.

The CD has the following information for this output: Description, Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (10 pp.) taken from the CD.


FRP12, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 44.

Published 1 January 2007