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CTA. 1986. Readers have shown a wide interest for QAS. Spore 3. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Ask us and we will answer Since its creation CTA has received many requests for information from individuals and organizations on a diverse range of subjects dealing with agriculture and rural development in ACP countries. Here are some examples:...
Ask us and we will answer Since its creation CTA has received many requests for information from individuals and organizations on a diverse range of subjects dealing with agriculture and rural development in ACP countries. Here are some examples: Mr. Niyomsaba, a farmer in Burundi, on cassava processing techniques; Mr. Nkeme de Garoua of Cameroon, on wildlife management; Mr. Dumur, an extension official in Mauritius, on coffee plants, lupine and wheat; Mr. Gibson, a grower in Liberia, on consultants specializing in the cultivation of cocao; Mr. van Helden, advisor to the EEC delegation in Port of Spain, Trinidad, on the 'Moko' disease that afflicts banana crops; Mr. Claessens in Senegal, on controlling termites; Mr. Bigaiypunzi in Burundi, on the possibilities of providing strawberry plants; Mr. Brosens in Dakar, Senegal, on the potential uses of rice husks; Mr. Tchango-Tchango, a researcher at the IRA (Institut de Recherche Agronomique) in Nyombe, Cameroon, on methods of analysing fruit juices; Mr. Togli, EEC civil servant on the Mozambique desk, on the practical applications of research results on protein enrichment of cassava flour; the joint ACP-EEC Working Group on 'Rural development and environment'', on food production statistics in ACP countries; Mr. Belkamel of Bambey in Senegal, on agricultural credit; Mr. Awunyo, agricultural technician in Kumassi, Ghana, on the management of livestock; Mr. Welo Vava, a student at the University of Liege, Belgium, on the use of water in tropical Africa; Mr Diakite of the Cote d'lvoire Embassy in Brussels, on sources of seed potatoes; and Mr. Mpungi Buyugu of the OIAC, on the identification of extension experts with knowledge of coffee plants and there have been many others. To handle these requests, CTA's Question and Answer Service has established a network of organizations and people specializing in tropical agriculture. It consists of some basic agricultural information banks and a number of experts based either at research centres or at development agencies or working as consultants within firms or independently. The main information sources used are AGRIS at FAO; the Commonwealth Agricultural Bureau (CAB International); AGRALIN in Holland; FAIREC (tropical fruits for agro-industry) of IRFA in France; AGRICOLA (National Agriculture Library) in Washington and TROPAG of the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam. The experts are drawn from the ranks of government agencies in ACP and EEC countries, officials responsible for agricultural research and development, as well as regional and international institutes such as CILSS, IRETA, CARDI, IITA, ILCA, IRRI, etc. The services offered by CTA fall into several categories: directing questions to specialists or other information sources; technical assistance for providing practical advice; supplying reference material and publications; and the supply of basic documentation, whether in the form of copies of articles, original texts, microfiches, or statistical data etc. When outside sources are needed to supply documentation CTA uses the following centres: the British Lending Library in the UK, The National Scientific Research Centre in France, PUDOC in The Netherlands, the Documentation Information Services of CIRAD in France, the Commonwealth Agricultural Bureau in London, the FAO library in Rome, and the Documentation centre of the BDPA in Paris CTA thus acts as a relay between those who need and those who have such information. The cost of providing it, however, can be very high, upto several hundred dollars depending on the request. Nevertheless, CTA has decided to provide this service free-of-charge during its initial phase. When preparing a question, it is very important that it be as precise as possible. The response to a question that is too general is rarely satisfactory. To generate a good response questions should include the nature of the research or the practical use for which the information will be used, the geographical region concerned and the languages that can be understood. Questions should be sent to: QAS/CTA Documentation P.O. Box 380 6700 AJ Wageningen, The Netherlands
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