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Reflections on the transfer of technology

Agricultural Communications Documentation Center (ACDC)
Kabore, Joseph (main author / Director, Services Agricoles, Upper Volta)
Conference paper
Publication Date:
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, Funk Library, University of Illinois Box: 95
Subject Term:
adoption, agriculture research, development issues, farmer needs, innovations, technology transfer
INTERPAKS, In: V. Kumble (ed.). Proceedings of the International Symposium on Development and Transfer of Technology for Rainfed Agriculture and the SAT Farmer, August 28 - September 1, 1979. Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh, India: International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, 1980. p. 231-233., Identifies the need for a code or framework for the transfer of technology. Discusses the necessity of such a framework to strengthen the capacity of developing countries for organizing and receiving new techniques and improving access to technology at prices all can afford. Identifies the establishment and development of facilities for technical and in-service training in the countries themselves as prerequisites for the efficient and durable transfer to technology. Notes that new technologies must be assimilated, modified, and adapted to conditions peculiar to each country. Discusses fact that agricultural research carried out in developed countries involves means of production that have nothing in common with those of the small farmer of Upper Volta. Stresses that scientists are needed who can assimilate the people's everyday problems and work out a realistic research program that will raise the technological level of the farmer.