UMR 8135 CNRS - INaLCO

PRASAC Contract

Valorisation of PRASAC research results for development and training

Project leader: Henry Tourneux

Duration: 3 years (1/1/2012 – 31/12/2014)

PRASAC funding: 14,500 EUR/year

Cameroonian collaborators: Boubakary Abdoulaye and Hadidja Konaï, research assistants at the University of Maroua; researchers of the IRAD (Institut de recherche agricole pour le développement)

The project aims at valorising and mobilising ten years of agronomic research in the savannah of Central Africa (Chad, Cameroon, and Central Africa Republic). The project is financed by PRASAC, the Regional Centre of Applied Research for the Development of Agricultural Systems in Central Africa (Pôle régional de Recherche Appliquée au développement des Systèmes Agricoles d'Afrique Centrale). About 60 data sheets prepared in the course of the past 10 years by researchers from the North (especially CIRED) and the South are made accessible to ordinary farmers. The data sheets first need to be phrased in a variety of French that is accessible to people that have had only little school education in French; the documents are then adapted to three widespread lingua franca of Central Africa (Fulfulde, Ngambay, Sango). The first two years of the project are dedicated to the revision of the French version and the adaptation to Fulfulde. Simultaneously, a French manual is developed that can be used in agricultural schools of the region. This requires that additions are made to the already existing data collections.